This story, told by the Tampa Tribune, doesn’t sound like it is real, but it is. A Tampa man was arrested Sunday, February 5, after a Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputy saw him riding a motorcycle with a 3-year-old toddler on his lap. The little boy is his son, and the motorcyclist was going between 20 and 30 mph on Central Avenue near 114th Avenue.
The arrest report does not say how the man could have possibly held onto the little guy while riding the motorcycle. The report does say the toddler was “unrestrained”. This 33-year-old biker had to post a $7,500 bail and was released from jail.
Fortunately, the little boy did not fall off the bike; if he did, it may have been caused by his own movements or a sudden movement from his father, debris in the roadway, a major pothole in the road, a reckless driver who drove too close to the motorcycle, or someone who didn’t see the motorcycle and pulled in front of it. A number of scenarios could have occurred here, and of course the little boy wasn’t wearing a helmet. Traumatic head injury is the number one concern of doctors when a motorcycle accident victim is brought into the emergency room.
Florida Motorcycle Accidents
There were 376 motorcyclists killed in Florida in 2010 and 4,774 crashes. None of those riders thought they would be involved in a motorcycle accident either. Our experienced Tampa motorcycle accident attorneys know that a crash involving a motorcycle is not always your fault. We thoroughly investigate your motorcycle accident to determine the circumstances surrounding your motorcycle crash. Let our investigators and personal injury attorneys assist you or a loved one following a motorcycle crash.
The motorcycle crash was reported by Ocala.com on December 14 in Weirsdale in Marion County. Now the Florida Highway Patrol reports the seriously injured motorcyclist has died. The 48-year-old man from Titusville died Thursday, December 22 at Orlando Regional Medical Center after the Wednesday crash a week before that occurred when he was riding his 2001 Yamaha V-Star. The Ocala Star Banner says the biker passed a vehicle which was stopped on the right shoulder and in the process ran into a Chrysler minivan stopped at the intersection of County Road 42 and County Road 25. The van’s two occupants, a man and a woman from Lady Lakes, were not injured.
Marion County has noted an unusually high number of fatalities on its roadways in 2011. This motorcyclist’s death was the 64th traffic fatality for the year in Marion County. Our sincere condolences are extended to his friends and family members for his passing.
Florida Motorcycle Statistics
Every year, the state of Florida compiles the number of motor vehicle accidents of all types on our state roads. This year’s numbers won’t be issued until the middle of next year, but for 2010 there were 376 motorcyclists killed in Florida, a more than 25 percent decline from the year before (502). Among motorcycle passengers, there were 26 deaths in 2010, down from 30 in 2009. Overall, there has been a decline in the number of motorcycle fatalities in the last few years after sharp increases for a decade. Let’s hope we see a decline from the 8,313 motorcycle crashes in Florida in 2010 when the 2011 numbers are calculated.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle crash that was caused by the negligence of another driver, please call Farah & Farah at (800) 614-3136 for a free consultation. One of our skilled Ocala motorcycle accident lawyers can help you obtain compensation for your injuries and hold any at-fault parties legally accountable.
A 25-year-old motorcyclist lost his life Saturday morning, October 8, in a crash on Jacksonville’s Northside. The man was on a curve on Yellow Bluff Road heading northbound just after 8 a.m. when he drifted off the road and into a ditch. The motorcycle then hit a concrete culvert. The motorcyclist was taken to Shands Jacksonville Medical Center in extremely serious condition and later died. The man leaves behind a young daughter. Our law firm extends its sincere condolences to the family of this biker for his sudden passing.
Motorcycle Statistics in Florida
The latest statistics from the state of Florida show that motorcycle fatalities continued to decline in the state, down more than 25% in 2010 to 376. The number of motorcycle passengers who died also declined 13% to 26, and there were 13% fewer motorcycle crashes in Florida in 2010 (8,313) when compared to the year before.
The number of motorcycle accidents, injuries, and fatalities began to decline in 2008 after a decade of steady increases in motorcycle accidents.
According to research, a collision with a motor vehicle is one of the most common causes of a motorcycle accident. Often, the driver fails to yield the right of way to a biker. Equipment failure from a defective motorcycle part can lead to a crash as can debris in the road or a pothole that forces the biker to lose control.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a Florida motorcycle accident, you don’t have to go it alone. The at-fault driver can be held responsible for your injuries and medical costs, property damage, the cost of rehabilitation, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Farah & Farah can help and we are just one phone call away.
A Pasco County motorcyclist died after hitting a utility pole during the early morning hours of Friday, September 30 in Brooksville. The 54-year-old man was traveling southbound on U.S. 41, according to the Florida Highway Patrol, riding a 2010 Dongfang motorcycle, which is made in China. The St. Petersburg Times reports he drifted off the road and hit a utility pole. The man was wearing a helmet but was pronounced dead at the scene. The collision happened on Broad Street near Snow Memorial Highway at about 4:30 a.m. There is no more information currently as to what may have caused the man to leave the road.
Our condolences are extended to the rider’s friends and family members for his sudden passing.
Motorcycle Crash Statistics
Florida is seeing a resurgence of the popularity of motorcycle riding among older motorcycle enthusiasts. Although the average age of a rider used to be in the 20s and 30s, Floridians now in the age 45-plus category are increasingly taking to the Florida roadways to enjoy the freedom of a motorcycle.
In 2009, there were 376 motorcycle fatalities in the state and the 45-54 age group had the largest number of injuries at 1,667. In 2010, 350 motorcyclists were killed in the state and 1,679 motorcyclists in the 45-54 age group were killed and/or injured in Florida, again the largest age group involved.
If you or a loved one has been in a Florida motorcycle accident, we understand the pain you are going through. Oftentimes, motorists try to blame the biker for an accident, to counter the blame, you will need an experienced motorcycle lawyer who is willing to consider all of the facts and will work to recover the compensation you are due.
A Hollywood, Florida man was hospitalized Thursday afternoon, August 12, after he was test driving a motorcycle and crashed, according to the Sun Sentinel. Mourad Nezlioui, 28, went to a private home in Parkland, Florida to check out a motorcycle for sale. He did NOT have a motorcycle license. Nezlioui lost control of the bike and crashed, according to the Broward Sheriff’s department. He is hospitalized in critical condition. Nezlioui was not wearing a helmet at the time of the Florida injury crash which happened on Northwest 117th Avenue at 67 Street in Hollywood around 4 p.m.
Our best wishes go out to Mr. Nezlioui for his speedy recovery.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
In Florida in 2009, the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles and Highway Safety reports there were 376 motorcyclists killed along with 26 passengers. There were 7,435 motorcyclists injured. Altogether, there were 8,313 motorcycle crashes in Florida. Among all traffic fatalities, 15.7% were motorcycle drivers and their passengers.
Who Could Be Held Liable?
If public or private property where the accident occurred was in a dangerous condition, the property owner could be held responsible. In the case of a defective motorcycle, the manufacturer, tire maker, or service shop could be the responsible party. Mr. Nezliou shares in some of the responsibility here because he was not a licensed motorcycle driver, however if the bike was defective in any way, the owner could share in some of the responsibility.
Filing a lawsuit allows you and your Florida motorcycle injury attorney to investigate fully any wrongful or negligent conduct in the case of a motorcycle accident with injuries or fatalities.