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Turns in Front of Motorcycles Lead to Many Intersection and Roadway Accidents

On New Year’s Eve, a Mini Cooper made a left hand turn in front of a motorcyclist and caused the bike to collide with the passenger side of the car, leading to the death of the biker at the scene. The driver of the car was turning into a Costco parking lot when the vehicle moved into the path of the biker, according to a WPTV article. The biker was thrown from the motorcycle. A passenger in the Mini Cooper suffered from minor injuries. This fatal crash occurred in Boca Raton, Florida and demonstrates the dangers that motorcycles face when traveling through Florida intersections.

Motorcycle accidents pose great risks to bikers because there is little that can be done to prevent harm once impact has occurred. With more than three decades of experience, the Miami personal injury lawyers at Greenberg Stone and Urbano know how to put together a comprehensive strategy to get justice for bikers who were injured as a result of another driver’s negligence.

Turning vehicles account for a large percentage of deadly bike crashes. In early February, 2014, a Naples motorcyclist was killed in Collier County when another motorist negligently turned right into the path of the biker, leading to a collision. The impact was head-on and the biker died at the scene, according to a News-Press article.

According to Florida’s 2012 Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP), approximately twenty-nine percent of traffic fatalities that happened between 2006 and 2010 occurred in intersections. Many intersection crashes happen when a motorist runs a red light or tries to beat a light as it turns red. When a motorcycle is involved in a collision with a car or other vehicle, eighty percent of the accidents involve injury or a fatality while only twenty percent of collisions between two cars lead to injury or death. The disparity is because of the biker’s lack of safety features on the motorcycle. Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents in intersections include:

• Excessive rates of speed coming into the intersection;
• Failing to yield the right-of-way to the motorcyclist;
• Violating traffic laws and failing to obey traffic signals, including running a red light or anticipating a green;
• Neglecting to use turn signals;
• Motor vehicles making an improper turn in front of the biker;
• Distracted driving, including texting or talking on a cell phone, eating or drinking, and using a GPS device;
• Road hazards, such as potholes, debris, bumps, or oil spills;
• Partial or complete view obstructions from improperly placed signs, overgrown trees and brush, poor lighting, or construction equipment;
• Vehicle problems, including mechanical failure;
• One or more drivers involved in the accident who were driving under the influence; and • Weather problems, including heavy rains and high winds.

Miami Personal Injury Attorneys Represent Motorcyclists and Their Families

Motorcycle accidents are an all-too-common tragedy on South Florida roadways. Bike crashes have increased over the past few years and in their aftermath, victims and their families need the help that the caring and hardworking personal injury attorneys at Greenberg Stone and Urbano can provide. Having more than 100 years of combined experience, our attorneys understand how to work with those injured or the surviving loved ones to get the damages award necessary to begin to rebuild lives. We will work with you to determine the strategy that works for you. Our dedication has earned us an “AV” rating from Martindale Hubbell and an invitation to join Primerus, an international society of leading law firms. In addition, the Miami Herald has voted us one of the top-rated South Florida law firms. If you want to discuss what happened to you, call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule an initial consultation.

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