2 People die in a motorcyle accident in the Florida Keys

Two people died while riding on a motorcycle on U.S. 1 and the Sadowski Causeway in the Florida keys.

Like many fatal road accidents, this accident occurred when the driver of a car traveling in the opposite direction of the cyclist made a left turn into the path of the oncoming motorcycle. Frequently, there is absolutely nothing the motorcyclist could have done to prevent these type of accidents.  The driver of the car simply does not see the motorcycfort lauderdale motorcycle accident photole ahead.

From an insurance standpoint, motorcyclists can protect themselves by purchasing Uninsured Motorist Coverage (“UM”) on their bikes. If you are so unfortunate as to be in a motorcycle accident, at least there will be insurance coverage for your injuries.

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Miami Heat dancer’s death involved driver who had been drinking

19160888_7a1751dd08-thumb-333x249Miami television news station, Channel 4, reports that the driver of the car that struck a motorcyclist in east Fort Lauderdale which resulted in the death of a Miami Heat dancer stated to police that he had consumed two alcoholic drinks.

Channel 4 was able to access the search warrant filed in Broward County court which stated the driver, Mario Careaga of Fort Lauderdale, advised the police that he had the drinks at the Galeria Mall in Fort Lauderdale. The accident occurred near downtown Fort Lauderdale. So far no criminal charges have been filed against Careaga.

Police records state that Careaga was driving his 2009 Mercedes when he struck Miami Heat dancer, 22, of Plantation, who was riding a motorcycle near downtown Fort Lauderdale. The motorcylist had been heading west in the right lane on East Sunrise Boulevard, near North Federal Highway, in Fort Lauderdale, when Careaga’s car rear-ended the motorcycle, propelling Lopez-Ruiz off it.

This case raises a number of issues from the standpoint of filing criminal charges against the driver. One of the potential issues in any criminally prosecution which might be pursued against the driver of the automobile is whether he was under the influence of alcohol or a narcotic. Usually, two drinks do not contain enough alcohol to impair a driver’s faculties. However, drivers suspected of DUI frequently understate the amount of alcohol consumed in an attempt to minimize their potential criminal exposure.

In situations like this other evidence may come into play, such as a blood alcohol test or a breathalyzer test to determine whether the level of alcohol in the driver’s blood exceeded the legal limit. There may also be a video of the driver performing roadside tests administered by the police or even a video from the bar where he apparently admits to have been drinking. Likewise his tab at the bar may also reveal how many drinks were ordered.

On the other hand, this could simply be the case of a non-impaired driver who simply wasn’t paying attention and may have negligently rear-ended the victim. It will be the responsibility of the Broward County State Attorney’s office to sort all of this out.

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Motorcyclist killed in Pompano Beach accident

moto-totalmente-destruida-acidente-thumb-333x249-85737 A motorcylist on a Suzuki was killed after his motorcycle collided with a van in Pompano Beach. According to BSO the motorcyclist was driving west on Sample Road when he collided with a van heading the opposite way which turned left into a parking lot. Deputies said the motorcyclist was thrown at least 100 feet.

Witnesses who saw the accident believed the motorcycle was travelling faster than the 45 mph speed limit. .

A nearby store’s security cameras captured the accident, and show the motorcycle going at high speed, then slamming into the van. The impact was so great that the van was lifted on one side and the motorcyclist flew into the air and the bike was destroyed. So far, no charges have been filed against the driver of the van.

Deadly motorcycle accidents frequently occur when traffic headed in the opposite direction of the motorcycle makes a left turn into the motorcycle’s lane of travel. Of course, factors like the speed of the motorcycle are an issue in determining the driver’s negligence. Nonetheless, if you are riding a motorcycle, it is a good idea to pay extra attention to oncoming traffic and to try to anticipate whether someone will be attempting to make a left turn.

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Car drivers cause most crashes with motorcycles, study finds

motor-cycle-accident-thumb-333x222-83442Cars and motorcycles are often involved in collisions. Drivers blame the bikers and bikers blame the drivers. According to a recent Florida Department of Transportation study, the drivers of cars are more often in the wrong. Drivers of cars and trucks often do not see motorcycles are and fail to yield the right of way.

Chanyoung Lee, a researcher at the University of South Florida, studied accident reports in Florida for ten years found that 60 percent of the time motorists in other vehicles are at fault when they collide with motorcycles. “There’s a bias by people driving,” Lee said. “They don’t expect to see motorcycles.”

But according to Lee, the drivers of automobiles are not solely to blame. Bikers are responsible as well. Motorcycles, according to Lee, are involved in a higher number of single-vehicle crashes than cars. That is, bikers crash on their own without other vehicles involved. Many of those single-vehicle motorcycle crashes occur when bikers are navigating curves too fast.

Serious crashes occur when other vehicles making a left turn, pull in front of motorcycles that are going straight. The problem is people in cars and trucks fail to see motorcycles. That’s partly because they have smaller profiles. Likewise, the bikers need to be as focused as possible when traveling through intersections. “If you’re aware of it, you see it,” Lee said.

The FDOT has been advocating for several years: Look Twice for Motorcycles. Likewise bikers should also be looking twice and be more visible to cars.

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Good News for South Florida — Seniors are Better Drivers

old-driver1-thumb-333x206-82168Safety researchers expressed concern a decade ago that traffic accidents would increase as the nation’s aging population swelled the number of older drivers on the road. Now, they say they’ve been proved wrong.

Today’s drivers aged 70 and older are less likely to be involved in crashes than previous generations and are less likely to be killed or seriously injured if they do crash, according to a study released last week by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

That’s because vehicles are getting safer and seniors are generally getting healthier, the institute said.

The marked shift began taking hold in the mid-1990s and indicates that growing ranks of aging drivers as baby boomers head into their retirement years aren’t making U.S. roads deadlier.

Traffic fatalities overall in the U.S. have declined to levels not seen since the late 1940s, and accident rates have come down for other drivers as well. But since 1997, older drivers have enjoyed bigger declines as measured by both fatal crash rates per driver and per vehicle miles driven than middle-age drivers, defined in the study as ages 35 to 54.

From 1997 to 2012, fatal crash rates per licensed driver fell 42 percent for older drivers and 30 percent for middle-age ones, the study found. Looking at vehicle miles traveled, fatal crash rates fell 39 percent for older drivers and 26 percent for middle-age ones from 1995 to 2008.

The greatest rate of decline was among drivers age 80 and over, nearly twice that of middle-age drivers and drivers ages 70 to 74.

“This should help ease fears that aging baby boomers are a safety threat,” said Anne McCartt, the institute’s senior vice president for research and co-author of the study.

“No matter how we looked at the fatal crash data for this age group – by licensed drivers or miles driven – the fatal crash involvement rates for drivers 70 and older declined, and did so at a faster pace than the rates for drivers ages 35 to 54,” she said in a report on the study’s results.

At the same time, older drivers are putting more miles on the odometer than they used to, although they’re still driving fewer miles a year than middle-aged drivers. This is especially true for drivers 75 and older, who lifted their average annual mileage by more than 50 percent from 1995 to 2008.

“The fact that older drivers increased their average mileage … may indicate that they are remaining physically and mentally comfortable with driving tasks,” the institute said. When older drivers reduce the number of trips they take, it’s often because they sense their driving skills are eroding. They compensate by driving less at night, during rush hour, in bad weather or over long distances.

By 2050, the number of people in the U.S. age 70 and older is expected to reach 64 million, or about 16 percent of the population. In 2012, there were 29 million people in the U.S. age 70 and over, or 9 percent of the population.

“The main point is that these 70-80 year olds are really different than their predecessors,” said Alan Pisarski, author of the authoritative “Commuting in America” series of reports on driving trends. “They learned to drive in a very different era. They are far more comfortable driving in freeway situations. This matters immensely for the future because we are seeing dramatic increases in older workers staying in the labor force and continuing to work and commute well past 65.”

AARP, the association that represents older Americans, said the report “dispels common misconceptions and reveals positive trends related to older drivers.”

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Debris on roadway kills Florida man on motorcycle

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Lake County authorities are investigating the death of a 67-year-old man who was killed when the wind blew a large sign onto the road which came into contact with the windshield of his motorcycle in Eustis, Florida. Eustis is located in between Ocala and Orlando.

The decedant’s name was not released by the Florida Highway Patrol

According to the Florida Highway Patrol the man died after a commercial sign blew off its support and fell onto the roadway. The sign ended up striking the windshield on the motorcycle causing the driver to lose control. The motorcycle came to its final resting point after striking a wall.

Roadway debris, whether originating from other drivers or property adjoining the roadway is a major concern for motorcyclists as well as cars. This debris is often found in the form of tire retreads, equipment or lawn cuttings falling from the bed of trucks, or dump trucks. Occasionally, the debris can even be from property adjoining the roadway as in this case.

Given the recent budget cuts to state and local government, we can expect to see more of this in the future. The only protectionbikers and drivers have is to be on the lookout for unanticipated objects on the road. From a liability standpoint, if the debris comes from another motorist, uninsured motorist insurance may provide for coverage for your injuries or you may able to make a liability claim against the adjoining landowner if the debris came from his property.

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Motorcycles crash into each other in Hialeah

1-thumb-333x249-55032-thumb-333x249-55033Recently two motorcycles riding in close formation crashedinto each other and shut down a portion of Okeechobee Road according to Hialeah police.

Each of the motorcycles was a large cruiser carrying two people and with small trailers attached to them, One of the motorcycles lost control and threw a passenger from the bike but kept rolling. The second motorcycle somehow tipped over, apparently crashing into the other motorcycle.

After the crash, two of the cyclists were choppered out to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center. The other two did not appear to be as seriously injured.

Motorcyclists often like to ride with company. They tend to stay in close formation thinking that this keeps them more visible to surrounding traffic. While there is some logic to support this, bikers should remember that they not only need to be alert to other cars, but also to motorcycles in close proximity, which includes those operated by friends. When riding your bike, remember to keep enough distance between you and your buddy to allow you to react, should his bike go down.

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Miami, Florida, red-light camera captures motorcycle cob struck by car

1-thumb-333x249-55032-thumb-333x249-55033A Miami, Florida, motorist whose car crashed into a Miami police motorcycle officer leading a funeral procession was caught lying when red-light camera footage contradicted his statement that before striking the motorcycle he first swerved to miss another driver, who then fled.

Fortunately, the red-light video was available which revealed no other vehicle involved. Following the crash, the driver of the vehicle, Hector Ramirez, 49, of Miami, stated that in order to avoid a collision with another vehicle he was forced to swerve into the path of the police motorcycle. Ramirez even had the chutzpah to tell the police that the non-existent vehicle was driven by an elderly person in “a sky blue or light gray colored, four-door vehicle.” Based on the false alibi, Miami police even initiated a search for the hit-and-run driver.

Ramirez faces criminal charges for providing false information in a crash report. Ramirez has also been cited for failure to yield to an emergency vehicle.

These ubiquitous red-light cameras are everywhere in South Florida. While many motorists are upset when they receive a ticket in the mail for running a red light, these cameras can provide useful evidence in determining who was at fault for an intersectional collision.

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Florida Driver killed in ATV Collision

images[5]-thumb-333x252-39845The driver of an all terrain vehice (“ATV”) was recently killed and his passenger injured when the ATV which they were riding collided with a car in Miami, Florida. According to witnesses, the ATV ran a stop sign and collided into another car having the right of way.

The ATV driver and the passenger were thrown from the vehicle and the driver died at the scene. The passenger was taken to the hospital by ambulance.

A lot of people out there view ATV’s like a toy and not the motor vehicle which it is. ATV’s do not belong on the street and they have very powerful engines which can achieve very high speeds. These factors, when combine with an underaged driver, can lead to horrible results.

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Motorcyclist dies, six injured in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

images-thumb-333x221-42275A four-car crash killed a 53 year old man on a motorcycle and injured six other people, including three children at I-95 northbound of Sample Road in Fort Lauderdale.
The chain collision occurred when four vehicles were traveling in the southbound lanes of I-95 just before 11:30 p.m.

A Volkswagen Jetta carrying four people including the three children slowed for a crash and was rear-ended by a Chevrolet van. As a result of this impact, the Jetta spun around and ended up facing north in the southbound lanes when it was struck by a Ford F-150 pick up truck which had veered to the right. The motorcycle then collided with the truck.

The driver of the pickup truck, the occupants of the Jetta, including all of the children, were taken to North Broward Medical Center with injuries. Everybody was wearing seat belts and the motorcyclist was wearing a helmet.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol.

This serious accident illustrates that in some situations you just have to be lucky. Although it appears that all of the people in the cars were wearing their seat belts, they still suffered injuries, some serious. More tragically, the man on the motorcycle was wearing his helmet yet still lost his life.

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