A motorcyclist was killed in a hit-and-run accident in Volusia County that occurred in February. According to an article in Palm Beach Post, an SUV driver hit the motorcyclist on State Road 415 and immediately left the scene. It was only recently that investigations by the Florida Highway Patrol finally revealed the identity of the driver. The man was arrested at his home on Thursday. He was charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving death and reckless driving for going too fast for the rainy conditions. This tragic local event is a reminder to our Palm Beach County motorcycle accident lawyer about the dangers associated with riding a motorcycle in our area. As this case demonstrates, the risks exist even if the motorcyclist engages in careful riding at all times.
This latest hit and run case illustrates the vulnerability of motorcycle riders. After being hit by the SUV, the rider was thrown from her bike into oncoming traffic. She was then hit by two other drivers and died at the scene.
The Florida Highway Patrol officers were able to determine the SUV driver was present in the area at the time of the accident by examining his cell phone records on the night of the accident. Further, investigators found a receipt in his SUV that showed he had paid a bill shortly before the accident occurred at a restaurant that was in close proximity to the location of the crash. All of this information will likely be important evidence in any subsequent legal actions related to this crash: both criminal and civil.
Palm Beach Motorcycle Accidents
In a previous post, we provided statistics to illustrate the serious dangers of riding a motorcycle. To reiterate, 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. This striking statistic not only provides a clearer picture of just how dangerous riding a motorcycle is, but it also shows that the motorcyclist is likely to suffer the most severe injuries when involved in an accident.
This is often not because the motorcyclist themselves are anything less than careful, but because of the misconduct of those with whom they are sharing the road.
Legal Action Following Traffic Accidents
These sorts of tragedies often spur civil and criminal legal actions. Obviously traffic laws and hit and run criminal laws have been violated, likely resulting in criminal penalties. In addition, the civil law allows those hurt by the wrongdoing of others--like poor driving--to hold wrongdoers accountable. When an individual dies as a result of the conduct, certain family members are able to proceed with civil actions, often referred to as wrongful death suits.
It is vital for those individuals who have been injured in such situations seek the necessary help in order to receive compensation for their injuries. Our Palm Beach personal injury lawyer at The Law Office of Eric H. Luckman has the knowledge and experience to help those who have suffered injuries in all type of accidents.
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