Florida Today reports on the tragic death of a 19-year-old motorcyclist whose Honda bike clipped the rear of a slow moving tractor on U.S. 1 in Melbourne on Monday afternoon, July 25, around 2:30 p.m. Despite the fact that he was wearing a helmet, first responders found it about 15 feet from the young man who died at Holmes Regional Medical Center of severe face and head trauma.
The collision occurred after the city-owned mower was northbound on U.S. 1 after turning onto the highway from Sylvan Lane. The Melbourne Police Department said in a statement that the Honda was traveling “at a high rate of speed” while the tractor was barely moving. The motorcyclist tried to swerve to the left of the mower and almost made it but he clipped the left corner. A witness says the biker then hit a concrete median and landed in the center lane of the opposing southbound U.S. 1. His racing helmet reportedly became dislodged from his head offering him no protection from catastrophic head injuries. Good Samaritans stopped and tried to help the young man, including a nurse who put a tourniquet around the biker’s leg, but he died later at the hospital.
Our condolences go out to friends and family members for the loss of this young man. He just graduated from Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy last year where he played varsity football. We often forget that behind statistics are real people and their families suffering real tragedies.
The motorcycle accident lawyers in Gainesville at Farah & Farah have been helping accident victims and their families recover from motorcycle crashes since we opened our doors in 1979. There is always more than one cause of a personal injury accident. We often find an investigation of a motorcycle accident reveals other factors that may have contributed to a death or an injury. A complimentary consultation may provide some answers to your many questions following a fatal crash involving a motorcycle.
A tragic single-vehicle motorcycle crash has taken the life of a Coconut Creek man. The Orlando Sentinel reports a 46-year-old biker was on a ramp on I-595 near Davie on Wednesday night, May 25, around 7:20 p.m. when he lost control of his 2005 Honda and hit a concrete wall. The biker was not wearing a helmet when he was thrown off the motorcycle. The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) reports he fell over the concrete wall and onto the shoulder of the highway. The man was pronounced dead at Broward General Medical Center. The FHP will investigate what caused this man to lose control of the motorcycle.
Our condolences go out to his friends and family members for his sudden passing.
Ironically this deadly accident occurred during Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in Florida. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation has been spending May educating bikers about the causes of motorcycle injuries and deaths. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation promotes motorcycle safety by encouraging:
- All motorcycle riders to be licensed and properly train. Half of bikers have reportedly never taken a class.
- Bikers to wear motorcycle gear such as a helmet, gloves, a riding jacket, pants and boots that protect skin in case of a motorcycle collision or spill.
- That bikers do not drink and ride. The group says that half of all fatal motorcycle crashes involve alcohol.
- The group advises everyone to ride within their skill limit.
- Take a refresher rider course to keep up with your skills.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle crash in Florida, call the experienced Gainesville motorcycle accident lawyers at Farah & Farah to discuss your options which may include holding the at-fault party responsible for the cost of your injuries, property damage, and lost wages.
A senior at the University of Florida in Gainesville suffered critical head injuries on Sunday, March 13, apparently while learning to drive a motorcycle. The Gainesville Sun reports that the accident occurred at the Arbor Place Apartments. A 21-year-old woman was trying to learn to ride the bike around 4:45 p.m. when she lost control and struck her head on a stairwell. She is recovering at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida and was listed in critical condition in the most recent report.
Our condolences are extended to her friends and family members and let’s all pray that she recovers from her head injuries. The young woman is majoring in sociology with a minor in women’s studies, according to the paper.
Florida Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Head trauma is one of the most common and serious injuries we see following a motorcycle crash. With very little protection such as a steel cage, an airbag, or a seat belt, motorcyclists are the most vulnerable motorists. There is no word from this story whether or not she was protecting her head with a helmet.
State accident statistics show that 402 motorcyclists and their passengers lost their lives on Florida roads in 2009.
If you or a loved one is involved in a motorcycle accident in Florida, you may have many questions and not know where to begin. At Farah & Farah, we’ve been representing accident victims throughout the state of Florida for over 30 years and we have seen many victims of motorcycle accidents recover their health and compensation from the at-fault party. Call our Gainesville motorcycle accident lawyers so we can review your situation as soon as you can so that evidence we need to prove your case is more likely to be preserved.