Motorcycles can be fun to ride, but they can also be deadly. A motorcycle does very little to protect the rider from injury in the event of an accident. This was proven in Jupiter, Florida, when a 58-year-old Coral Springs man died from his injuries after he was struck from behind by a car. He still died despite wearing a helmet.
The fatal accident occurred in the early morning hours of Sept. 7. The man was driving his Harley Davidson northbound on I-95 when he has rear-ended by a woman driving a Lexus. The man was ejected from the motorcycle due to the impact. He landed on the center median. The woman and her passenger both suffered minor injuries and were treated at Jupiter Medical Center.
An investigation is currently underway to determine how the accident occurred. Police also want to see if alcohol was a factor in the crash.
Motorcycle accidents are almost always serious, especially if they involve larger motor vehicles. Motorcycles are much smaller than cars and are much harder to see. Because of this, motorcycle riders must be especially vigilant when driving on the road with other vehicles.
A driver who rear-ends another vehicle is almost always considered to be at fault. Why did the driver of the Lexus hit the motorcycle? At 3 a.m., it was still dark – was she unable to see him? Was she driving too fast and unable to stop? Could intoxication be a contributing factor? These are questions that hopefully the results of the investigation will answer.
If you or a loved one was injured or killed in a motorcycle accident, there are legal options you can pursue. You may be able to receive compensation for your injuries. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney to learn about your options.
Source: CBS 12, “Jupiter motorcycle accident leaves 1 dead” Harrison Barrus, Sep. 07, 2013