A motorcycle crash in Davie resulted in one fatality, according to recent reports. The incident took place on South State Road 7, when a dump truck, driven by James Mills, 65, of Fort Lauderdale, hit a motorcycle ridden by James Goins, 37, of Fort Lauderdale. Mills was not injured; Goins was pronounced dead at the scene.
The dump truck was towed away and was “deadlined” or barred from operation on public roads due to undisclosed problems. Neither driver has been charged with the accident.
Motorcycle Crashes and Injury Statistics
While motorcycles are a popular method of transportation, saving riders money on gas and parking, they are also statistically much more dangerous than passenger vehicles. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, motorcycle riders are killed 26 times more often than occupants in passenger vehicles and are injured five times as often. Additionally, serious head injury results in many motorcycle accidents because the rider is thrown from the bike. While helmets reduce this risk by up to 67 percent, their effectiveness decreases as the motorcycle rider’s speed or that of the other vehicle increases.
Some statistics suggest that less experienced riders are more likely to be killed or injured than those who have taken safety courses and had more experience riding a bike. The rate of motorcycle accident fatalities for unlicensed riders was almost double that of the fatality rate for unlicensed car drivers, suggesting that lack of experience can be far more deadly for motorcyclists than the driver of a car.
However, it is important to remember that, although motorcycle riders can increase their chances of serious injury by failing to wear helmets or by operating a bike without a license or training, many accidents involving cars and motorcycles remain the fault of the passenger vehicle driver. About half of all motorcycle accidents involve two or more vehicles, and in those cases, the drivers of the cars are more likely to be at fault than the motorcyclist. Many drivers involved in motorcycle accidents claim that they did not see the motorcyclist or that they believed the rider was traveling much slower or was much farther away than was actually the case.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle crash, it is important for you to speak to a motorcycle accident attorney about your case. The attorneys at Bernstein & Maryanoff in Miami can help; call today for a free consultation.