WBPF- Television in Palm Beach Gardens, reports that a 58-year-old motorcyclist from Stuart died after his bike slammed into the back of a disabled vehicle in the northbound lane of I-95 north of the Donald Ross Road exit. According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the accident occurred when the biker did not slow down with the traffic ahead and instead hit the back of a disabled Toyota Corolla that was being moved onto the median at about 4 p.m. on Wednesday, February 23. The biker was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center after being thrown from the bike. He later died, while the Toyota driver was not injured.
Our condolences are extended to the family and friends of the man lost in this tragic crash.
We have no word from this article whether the motorcyclist was wearing a helmet. Beginning in 2000, Florida removed any legal requirements for motorcyclists to wear helmets. As it stands now, a biker must wear a helmet only when he is under the age of 21 and does not have medical insurance coverage of at least $10,000.
In Florida in 2009, the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles and Highway Safety reported that 402 motorcyclists and their passengers were killed in the state in Florida motorcycle crashes. Florida initiated a safety campaign for new riders in 2008 after it was determine that motorcycles make up about 6% of all Florida traffic but 18% of all traffic deaths.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle accident in Florida, the experienced Florida motorcycle accident injury attorneys of Farah & Farah will offer a complimentary consultation on your crash. Even if you are partially responsible for your motorcycle accident, you may be able to find compensation from the other side for their involvement in the motorcycle accident.