A 46-year-old man has been charged with several DUI charges including manslaughter related to a December crash that killed a New Port Richey woman who was a passenger on a moped. The driver of the 2004 Lincoln hit the moped December 15, 2010 about 9:30 p.m. on U.S. 19 near Bougenville Drive. While the moped’s driver was seriously injured and has since undergone several brain surgeries, his 27-year-old female passenger was killed. The Lincoln driver had a blood alcohol level of 0.095 and considered impaired as Florida’s standard for intoxicated is 0.08. Beside DUI manslaughter, the man is facing DUI with property damage, and DUI with serious bodily injury. He remains jailed with his bail set at $16,000.
No Helmet Required
We do not know the specifics of this moped collision, however on July 1, 2000, the state of Florida exempted adult motorcyclist and moped riders from wearing helmets if they have medical insurance of at least $10,000. That led to a 48% increase in motorcycle occupant deaths, according to the National Institutes of Health.
When a motorcycle is involved in an accident with a motor vehicle, approximately 80 percent of the time, it is the motorcyclist who will suffer injuries.
It is important following a motorcycle accident to preserve evidence from the scene and to get a full account from witnesses. Only then can you determine who was the careless or negligent party that may be responsible for your losses and pain and suffering. In addition, there may be other factors such as roadway debris, defective tires, or a hazard involving poor lighting or visibility on the road caused by tree branches that block visibility.
All of these factors need to be taken into account in our representation of you following a motorcycle accident. Your first consultation with Farah & Farah motorcycle accident attorney in Florida will cost you nothing and may determine the direction you take following a collision. Call us at 1-800-533-3555 so we can get started helping you or a loved one.