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Fatal South Florida Motorcycle Accident

Posted in Motorcycle Accident,News on July 5, 2011

On Monday nighta motorcyclist was killed andhis passenger was injured in a South Florida car accident in Palm Beach Gardens.

The accident occurred after 9 p.m. at the intersection of Northlake Boulevard and I- 95.

Police believe the motorcyclist was travelling westbound on Northlake and, according to witnesses, rana red light, strikinga SUV that was exiting the highway onto east Northlake Boulevard.

The driver of themotorcycle died at the scene. The passenger was taken to the hospital and was reported to be in stable condition.

In 2006, TheU.S.National Highway Safety Administrationfoundthatin 2006, 13.10 cars out of 100,000were involved in fatal car accidents. The rate for motorcycles, on the other handwas found tobe72.34 per 100,000 registered motorcycles. Motorcycles also have a higher rate of fatality per unit of distance travelled when compared with that of cars. Per vehicle mile traveled, motorcyclists’ risk of a fatal crash is 35 times greater than a passengervehicle. In 2004, figures from the United Kingdom indicated that motorcycles have 16 times the rate of serious injuries per 100 million vehicle kilometers compared to automobiles, and double the rate of bicycles.

A national study by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau found that: Motorcycle rider death rates increased among all rider age groups between the years 1998 and 2000; motorcycle rider deaths were nearly 30 times more than drivers of other vehicles; motorcycle ridersunder the age of 40 are 36 times more likely to bedie in an accidentthan other vehicle operators of the same age; motorcycleoperatosover the age of 40areapproximately 20 times more likely to be killed than other drivers of that same age.

Data prepared in 2005 by the U.S. federal government,indicated that4,008 motorcycleriders were killed on United States roads in 2004, an 8% increase from 2003.

During that same period, drivers of automobiles showed a 10% increase in accident deaths, and motorcyclistshad an 8% increase in fatalities. Pedestrians also showed a 10% increase in fatalities. A total of 37,304car occupants diedon U.S. roads in 2004.

There are over four million motorcycles registered in the United States. Motorcycleaccident deathsrepresent approximately five percent of all highway fatalities each year,but motorcycles, however, arejust two percent of all registered vehicles in the United States. One of the primaryreasons motorcyclists are killed inaccidents is because the motorcycle itself provides virtually no protection to the riderin the event of an accident.Statistics bear this out and revealthat while 20 percent of car and other vehicle accidents result in an injury, 80% of all motorcycle accidents result in an injury.

Oncea motorcycle accidenthas occurred, or the rider has lost control several common types of injury occur when the bike falls: An impact with protective barriers, or badly placed roadside lampposts, signs, fences etc. This is oftenthe result ofan inadequate road design, and can be fixed. Whena motorcyclistfalls off a motorcycle in the middle of a curve, lamps and signs create a wallwith little chance to avoid hittinga pole; Concussion and brain damage, as the head violently contacts other vehicles or objects. Riders wearing a a helmut reduce the risk offatality by 37 percent; breakage of joints, fingers, spine and neck,. The most common breakages are the shoulder and the pelvis; soft tissuedamage as the body slides across the surface. This can be prevented entirely with theappropriate use of motorcycle-specific protectiveclothing such as a leather jacket or reinforced denim and textile pants.

There is also a condition known as biker’s arm, where the nerves in the upper arm are damaged during the accident and fall, resulting ina permanent paralysis of arm movement.

If in the absence of a face helmet, the unprotected face slides across the ground or smashes into an object, this may result in facial disfigurement and scarring.

If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident where another party is at fault, you may have have the right to make a claim and or file a lawsuit seeking compensation for the potentially catastrophic physical injuries and other damages that you may have sustained. After seeking immediate medical treatment it is essential to seek the counsel of an attorney who will be able to give you legal advice as to whether you have an actionable and viable case against another party. Call David I. Fuchs, Injury & Accident Lawyer, P.A. at 954-568-3636 if you have been involved in a Florida motorcycle accident. /practice-areas/motorcycle-accidents/