Blogs By K Ryan

Motorcyclist Injured in Sarasota in Road Rage Incident after Pick-Up Truck Driver Swerves Into Him in Fit of Rage

Motorcyclist Injured in Sarasota

A motorcyclist in Sarasota was recently injured after another motorist deliberately swerved directly into the motorcyclist in a fit of road rage after the two had engaged in an argument.  According to a report immediately after the accident by a local ABC News affiliate, and a second report two days later,  a video taken by a bystander captured the entire series of recent events in Sarasota.  Read more

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Star Delray Beach Football Player Killed in Dirt Bike Accident

According to a recent Sun-Sentinel report, an Atlantic High School senior and star football player from Delray Beach was recently killed when his dirt bike crashed into an SUV in nearby Greenacres.  The accident occurred when the dirt bike, which did not have headlights, and a Chevrolet Equinox crashed on a dark stretch of road.  As the Chevrolet SUV was turning onto the road, the dirt bike slammed into its front passenger door. The dirt bike’s driver was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment, but was pronounced dead a week later from his injuries.  The dirt bike’s driver was a starter and star player on last year’s Atlantic High School football team, which finished as the Florida Class 8A state runners-up.  He had already received multiple scholarship offers from Division I football programs.  This was a tragedy of a young football career cut short by the decision to drive on an off-road vehicle.

Dirt Bikes, ATV’s, Off-Road Vehicles and the Dangers They Can Pose

Riding in or driving a dirt bike, an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) or other type of off-road vehicle can be extremely dangerous.  Unfortunately, many people get behind the wheel of such vehicles and sometimes engage in reckless behavior by driving at breakneck speeds, taking sharp turns without braking, and other dangerous behaviors.  This coupled with the fact that many off-road vehicles lack even basic safety features like headlights or seat belts, can make the incidence of death or serious injury extremely high.  This can spell danger for motor vehicle drivers in the vicinity or even passengers in the ATV, who can be thrown from the vehicle and suffer serious injuries or even death.  In addition, if a dirt bike or ATV is driven in the vicinity of motor vehicles, accidents can often be fatal for off-road vehicle drivers and passengers, as many do not wear helmets or other protective gear despite the lack of safety features on such vehicles.

Damages Recoverable in an Accident Involving an Off-Road Vehicle

In a dirt bike or other off-road vehicle accident like the recent incident in Greenacres, the same damages apply as in any other personal injury lawsuit in Florida.  These include the costs of any repairs to a vehicle or other property that is damaged as a result of someone else’s negligence, any medical treatment for injuries caused in the accident, as well as pain and suffering for any injuries associated with an accident caused by one party’s negligence.  Therefore, in the accident above, if the high school football player on the dirt bike was determined by a jury to be at fault in the accident, his estate could be sued for each of these damages by the driver and passengers in the Equinox.

The Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys of Lytal Reiter Are Here to Assist Victims of Dirt Bike, ATV or Other Off-Road Vehicle Accidents in Florida

At Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrathour experienced personal injury attorneys have decades of combined legal experience representing victims of dirt bike and other ATV accidents.  We have successfully represented individuals who have been injured in accidents involving off-road vehicles in the past. Therefore, if you have been involved in an accident involving a dirt bike, all-terrain vehicle or other off-road vehicle in Florida and have been injured by someone else’s negligent or reckless behavior, please call us today for a free consultation at (561) 655-1990 for a free consultation regarding your situation today.

Motorcycle Accident Kills Two in Central Florida

A recent motorcycle accident in the Villages in Citrus County in Central Florida serves as a reminder of the dangers of operating a motorcycle in a state in which many drivers are elderly and may not have the reaction time of a younger driver.  According to a report regarding the accident from the Villages News, the motorcycle turned into the path of a 72 year old motorist who was unable to stop her car in time to avoid colliding with the motorcycle.  Both the motorcycle’s operator and his passenger, who were both wearing helmets at the time of the crash, were ejected from the motorcycle and were killed in the collision.  The elderly driver was attempting to make a left turn at the time the motorcycle crossed in front of her vehicle.


Florida Law Governing the Operation of Motorcycles


Under Florida law, Florida motorcyclists are required to obey the same traffic laws as other drivers.  These include observing all posted speed limits, stopping at stop signs and red lights, and obeying all other local and state traffic safety laws and ordinances.  Motorcyclists also are not permitted to travel more than two bikes across in a single lane, cannot pass an automobile in the same lane that the car is traveling in and cannot drive between lanes of traffic.


Florida Laws Regulating Motor Vehicle Drivers When Motorcycles Are Present


            Under Florida law, there also are laws that apply to car drivers when motorcycles are present on the road.  This is due to the unique dangers of motorcycle accidents for the motorcyclists and their passengers.  When another vehicle collides with a motorcycle, the motorcyclist takes the full impact of the collision unlike a passenger in a vehicle. The impact typically throws the rider from the motorcycle causing even more injury from the impact with the road or other immovable objects.  Therefore, there are very specific laws that apply to motor vehicle operators to ensure the safety of motorcyclists and their passengers.  For instance, Florida Statute Section 316.209 specifically provides that “All motorcycles are entitled to full use of a lane and no motor vehicle shall be driven in such manner as to deprive any motorcycle of the full use of a lane.”  Accordingly, if a car’s driver is attempting to travel in the same lane as a motorcycle, then the driver would be violating Florida law.  The same would be true if the driver of the motor vehicle attempted to (or did) cut off a motorcycle.


Contact The Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys of Lytal Reiter Smith Ivey & Fronrath if You Have Been Involved in an Accident Involving a Motorcycle in Florida


If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident in Florida, contact the experienced car and motorcycle accident attorneys at the law firm of Lytal Reiter Smith Ivey & Fronrath, P.A. today.  We have achieved great success in representing clients in collisions caused by motorists who were not taking proper precautions as required by Florida law when motorcyclists were present during our firm’s attorneys’ 250 combined years practicing law.  Contact us today at (561) 655-1990 for a free consultation regarding your situation.