The dangers of riding a motorcycle are common knowledge to all those who work with auto accident victims in our area, including our Palm Beach motorcycle accident lawyer at the Law Office of Eric H. Luckman. According to the most recent Florida Traffic Crash Statistic Report in 2010, 350 motorcyclists were killed and 6,686 were injured across the state as a result of these accidents. During that year there were a total of 7,484 crashes involving motorcycles. This means that only 798 motorcycle crashes left the motorcyclist uninjured. As one might expect, in crashes involving motorcycles, it is generally the motorcyclist who ends up with the most severe injuries. Although these sobering statistics have decreased slightly, they are still higher than they were just a few years before.
One of these unfortunate and all too common motorcycle crashes occurred last Saturday evening on March 17th in West Palm Beach. According to an article in The Palm Beach Daily News the West Palm Beach police were pursuing two speeding motorcyclists riding north on South Ocean Boulevard. For unreported reasons the law enforcement officers called off their attempted traffic stop of the motorcycles.
After the traffic stop had been abandoned, one of the motorcyclists crashed into the guard rail near Sloan's Curve in the South End. This lead to the road being closed in both directions for hours while the injured motorcyclist was helped and the police investigated. According to police spokesman Fred Hess, the injured motorcyclist was taken to St. Mary's Medical Center with serious injuries. On March 18th The Palm Beach Daily News reported that the injured rider was Eddie Acevedo, and his condition was not available at the time of the report.
The police were left with several questions at the scene of the accident. First, what was the actual cause of the crash? The question is still unanswered. Second, what happened to the second motorcyclist? Police theories included that the motorcyclist rode off, that the motorcyclist was hiding near the crash site, or perhaps the motorcyclist had also been injured.
This accident also leaves our Boynton Beach injury attorney with a slew of questions, most of which could greatly affect the potential case for the injured rider. Negligence laws stemming from these accidents usually hinge on causation--what factors actually led the motorcyclist to be injury. Our Florida personal injury lawyer understands that the root of the accident is often a mix of causes, including negligence on the part of both the motorcycle rider and others. The law in this area in flexible in that it accounts for comparative fault. Therefore, just because a driver was not entirely blameless does not necessarily mean that they cannot recover something for the damages that they sustained.
For these reasons, if you are ever involved in one of these accidents in our area it is important to visit with a West Palm Beach motorcycle attorney like Eric Luckman to learn about your legal rights. Attorney Luckman is one of the very few lawyers in our state who have been Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Florida State Bar. His qualifications and experience make him the ideal choice to act as your advocate when dealing with the legal system following an accident on the road.
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