A motorcyclist was working for a private funeral home and was escorting the casket during a funeral procession on Thursday morning, July 28, when he was hit by a motorist on Beach Boulevard. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office responded to this crash on Beach near Greenlawn Cemetery, which was the final destination. First Coast News reports that the 81-year-old driver of a Ford Ranger pickup, coming from the opposite direction, pulled in front of the motorcyclist. The driver was taken to Shands with life-threatening injuries while the biker was hospitalized following the Florida motorcycle collision. There is no further word on his condition.
This is reminiscent of another accident during a funeral procession in November 2009 when a retired Jacksonville police officer collided with a car on Atlantic Boulevard. His bike crashed with a car driven by a 22-year-old when she turned in front of the procession, resulting in critical injuries.
When the state began statistics in 1997, five percent of all traffic fatalities were made up of motorcyclists. By 2008, the number of motorcyclists had increased to 17.8 percent of all traffic fatalities. One year later, motorcycles accounted for 15.7 percent of motorcycle traffic fatalities or 376 fatalities. Our research shows us that the most common cause of a motorcycle accident is when a motorist turns in front of a motorcyclist. The failure for drivers to see a motorcycle rider violates their right of way.
Farah & Farah’s Jacksonville motorcycle accident attorneys remind you that the other side will usually have an insurance company representative present in assessing the blame for a motorcycle crash. You should too. Call us anytime of the night and day to help you answer some of the most basic questions following your motorcycle accident.
Sources: http://jacksonville.com/news/crime/2011-07-28/story/funeral-procession-motorcycle-escort-struck-beach-boulevard and http://www.firstcoastnews.com/topstories/article/212652/3/Beach-Boulevard-Reopened-Following-Motorcycle-Crash
A motorcyclist is fighting for his life after crashing his motorcycle on Beach Boulevard in Jacksonville on Friday, April 29. According to Channel 4, the biker rear-ended another vehicle near Foster Drive and was thrown from the bike as a result. His injuries are said to be very serious. There is no word in the story whether or not the biker was wearing a helmet. We also do not know whether there was another vehicle involved or what the conditions of the road were at the time of the crash.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to this man for a full and complete recovery.
Motorcycle traffic fatalities continued to drop in 2009 to 4,465, a 16 percent drop from the previous year, 2008, and a reversal of 11 consecutive years of motorcycle fatalities. State statistics from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles show that Jacksonville had 13,371 crashes in 2009, with 1,009 being alcohol-related. Duval County’s crash history has been declining over the last five years from 15,761 in 2005 to 14,102 in 2009. And motorcycle fatalities in Duval County dropped to 18 in 2009, down from a high of 30 in 2008.
The Governors Highway Safety Association points to four factors that have improved safety:
- Reduced speed
- Reduced alcohol consumption
- More helmet use
- An increase in motorcycle use training
However, despite these improvements and accident reduction, unfortunately, motorcycle accidents still occur in Jacksonville and throughout Florida. Anyone who has suffered an injury or death in a motor vehicle accident due to the negligence of another would be well-advised to contact Farah & Farah’s Jacksonville motorcycle accident attorneys to seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. You can put your trust in Farah & Farah to fairly represent your interests in the Florida court system as we have fought on behalf of injured victims for more than 30 years.
Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office motorcyclist J.W. Chapman was struck by a vehicle in downtown Jacksonville Saturday evening, October 30, around 5:40 p.m. near the intersection of Lafayette and Bay streets. Officer Chapman was taken to the hospital but the injuries are not reported to be serious. The story from Channel 4 does not indicate who the at-fault driver might be or whether any charges are pending. The driver of the motor vehicle was reportedly not injured.
According to state statistics from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, 376 motorcyclists were killed in our state in 2009, which represents a decrease of more than 25% from 2008. Florida motorcycle crashes also decreased by more than 13% to 9,618 in 2009.
Florida Liability Issues
Based on this account it is not clear why this accident occurred. Was another vehicle involved? Was there debris on the road? Was the motorcycle faulty in some way? Was a blood alcohol test taken at the scene? Fortunately, there were no injuries that resulted from this motorcycle collision. However if there were injuries, and the driver of another vehicle or motorcycle was at-fault, he or she could be held liable for the accident that caused injuries and death.
In that case, the victims or their survivors should ask a Jacksonville motorcycle accident attorney if conditions exist that would allow them to seek compensation to cover medical expenses, the cost of hospitalization, as well as surgeries and rehabilitation, and other expenses. Farah & Farah has offices all over Florida and southern Georgia and an open door policy to be available to answer all of your questions about your motorcycle accident.
A tragic Jacksonville accident involving three passenger vehicles and a motorcyclist has left the biker dead after the collision, according to the Florida Times-Union. Kenneth Ray McKee, 25, was heading north on North Main Street Wednesday night, September 29, when a car made a left turn into the entrance ramp of 9A and right into his path. McKee laid his motorcycle down on its right side and hit the right tire of the vehicle which threw him off the motorcycle.
McKee was then run over by a second vehicle being driven by Teresa E. Denmark, 47, of Jacksonville. Denmark then fled the scene, something a motorist should ever do in a hit-and-run. Thankfully, a witness followed Denmark to her home and called the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO) to bring her back to the scene. A third vehicle was also involved and it struck the motorcycle after Denmark collided with McKee. McKee was wearing his helmet and taken to Shands Medical Center in Jacksonville where he was pronounced dead.
Florida Hit-And-Run Laws
Florida law states that “the driver of a vehicle involved in a crash [. . .] that results in the death of any person must immediately stop the vehicle [. . .] and remain at the scene…”
If a driver fails to stay at the scene of a fatal accident or one with injuries to render aid, they can be charged with a first degree felony (Fl Statutes Title XXII 316.027). The maximum sentence for a first degree felony is a $10,000 fine and as much as 30 years in prison.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a hit-and-run driver in a Florida motorcycle accident, you would be well advised to contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Farah & Farah to help navigate the system while you focus on getting better. In the case of a wrongful death, Farah & Farah can investigate to uncover the at-fault party to help you obtain the compensation you deserve.