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New Port Richey Motorcyclist Injured in DUI Accident

By Farah & Farah on July 23, 2012

A 58-year-old New Port Richey man is in the hospital with critical injuries after a motorist, who was later charged with driving under the influence (DUI), turned left into him while he was riding his motorcycle.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), a 51-year-old motorist was driving his 2006 Ford Focus east on Old County Road 54 when he attempted to turn left onto St. Lawrence Drive and struck the front of the victim’s Harley-Davidson.

FHP reported that the motorcyclist was rushed to Regional Medical Center in critical condition, but no further word of his condition has been released. FHP didn’t reveal if the motorcyclist had been wearing a helmet at the time of the Florida motorcycle accident.

The motorist and his 45-year-old passenger were uninjured in the Florida drunk driver motorcycle collision, but he was charged with driving under the influence with serious bodily injury. He was also charged with a right-of-way violation.

‘Left-Turners’

The most common type of crash involving a car and a motorcycle is at an intersection when a vehicle makes a left turn in front of a motorcycle. The chance of this happening becomes even more pronounced if the “left-turner” is impaired or distracted — or both.

Experts constantly emphasize that when motorists turn left in front of motorcycles, chances are they never even saw them. Motorcyclists need to make themselves as visible in traffic as possible — whether it is by wearing brightly colored clothing and helmets or running the high beams on their motorcycles while they are riding. Also, motorcyclists need to be constantly aware of their environment to be able to anticipate trouble and avoid it.

Protecting Your Legal Rights

If you are involved in a motorcycle accident caused by a negligent motorist, you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages. A Tallahassee motorcycle accident attorney at Farah & Farah has the experience you’ll need to get the compensation you deserve. You can begin your road to recovery with a simple (and free) phone call — (800) 533-3555.


Arrest Made in Fatal New Port Richey Hit-and-Run Motorcycle Crash

By Farah & Farah on December 23, 2010

An arrest has been made in the case of a fatal motorcycle collision that occurred three months ago in New Port Richey in Pasco County, reports TBO.com. That’s when a pickup truck ran a red light and hit and killed a 32-year-old motorcyclist at Little and Ridge roads.

The Florida Highway Patrol charged the pickup driver Tuesday, December 14, with DUI manslaughter, DUI, and DUI with property and damage to a person. The driver had a blood alcohol test taken two hours after the Florida motorcycle crash and law enforcement got a reading then of between 0.105 and 0.103 – both numbers above the 0.08 percent threshold that defines a drunk driver. The man had refused to have his blood tested at the crash site and law enforcement had to wait two hours. The driver had just had his license reinstated in January after being without a license for two years due to moving violations, driving on a suspended license, speeding, failure to wear a seat belt, and failure to pay traffic fines. The man is unemployed, and this is his eighth arrest.

Our condolences are extended to the loved ones of the motorcyclist who was also a father.

Motorcycle Crash Statistics in Florida
State accident statistics find that 402 motorcyclists lost their lives on Florida roads in 2009. Even though that is a 24 percent drop from the previous year (532 fatalities), the biker is much more likely to be injured or lose their life in a collision with an automobile.

If you or a loved one is in a motorcycle accident in Florida, the law can be difficult to understand and you no doubt will have many questions. At Farah & Farah, our Florida motorcycle crash lawyers have been representing motorcycle accident victims in Florida for over 25 years and we are here to help.