Sometimes people on motorcycles are injured not as the result of the negligence of other cars, but rather as the result of negligence by landowners in maintaining their premises. A recent accident in the Florida Keys illustrates how this unfortunate series of events can unfold.
Recently, an off duty Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Deputy was severly burned when he rode his motorcycle up to the pump at a Circle K in the Florida Keys which slipped in a puddle of fuel. The bike landed on top of him and was instantly ignited.
“In just those few seconds” the motorcylist sustained 2nd and 3rd degree burns over most of his body–all because of an accident that his sister stated the Circle K gas station could have prevented. According to the man’s sister: “When he pulled into the gas station he already didn’t stand a chance.”
Attorneys for the man claim they have proof that this was avoidable, and that the gas station attendants knew the pump was leaking fuel onto the ground
“Consumers would go in and report that to the Circle K people who pretty much were nonchalant about the whole thing and would throw kitty litter on it and hope that the gas spill would just dry up.”
Similar negligence is happening at other gas stations, according to the man’s sister, but there’s no oversight to stop it and no one to protect others from her brother’s fate. “This isn’t a matter of if, it’s a matter of when it’s gonna’ happen to somebody else,” she stated
The man sustained burns over more than 60 percent of his body, just had his 3rd skin graft. His family hopes to have him home from Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami by Christmas.
Everyone who has ever filled up their tank at a gas station knows that it is not uncommon for there to be fuel or other material on the pavement surrounding the pumps. These substances are not only a slip and fall hazzard for customers walking in the area, but may also constitute a danger for motorcyclists pulling up, as this story tragically illustrates.
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