Motorcyclist Killed in Wrong Way DUI Accident in Boca Raton
Gregg Hollander | May 11, 2011 | Personal Injury
A Coconut Creek motorcyclist was headed northbound on State Road 7 at roughly 3 a.m. when a car approached him headed southbound in the northbound lanes, according to a report released by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.
Our Boca Raton personal injury lawyers would like to remind visitors that May is National Motorcycle Safety Month and to be extra cautious and aware of the increasing number of motorcyclists on our roadways.
Both vehicles swerved to avoid a collision with one another, but they swerved in the same direction. The motorcycle slammed into the front passenger door of the vehicle. The motorcyclist was thrown from his bike and was pronounced dead on the scene, according to ABC 25.
Investigators have concluded that the driver of the passenger vehicle was under the influence of drugs or alcohol during the accident.
The National Safety Council (NSC) announced that May will be used to encourage motorists to safely share the road with motorcyclists and urge them to practice extra caution when these two-wheeled vehicles are nearby. Motorcyclists are much more vulnerable to accidents than any other driver. Many accidents happen because of their small size. Motorcycles are often hidden in the blind spots of vehicles. It is important for motorists to always check, and double check, for the presence of motorcyclists before entering or leaving a lane of traffic.
Motorcyclist fatalities increased more that 130 percent between 1998 and 2008, according to the NSC. It has been estimated that the mileage death rate for motorcyclists in 2007 was more than 35 percent higher than that of passenger-vehicle occupants.
“Throughout spring and summer the number of motorcyclists on the road will increase. It is important for both motorists and motorcyclists to be aware of one another,” said David Teater, NSC senior director of Transportation Initiatives. “To better defend themselves, motorcyclists should follow the rules of the roadway and wear protective gear, including a Department of Transportation compliant helmet.”
In 2009, nearly 4,600 fatalities resulted from accidents involving motorcycles. In addition, more than 84,000 were injured. Last year, Florida experienced nearly 550 motorcycle rider fatalities — more than anywhere else in the United States.
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation offers short instructional videos to motorists to offer tips to help keep them safe on our roadways.