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Motorcycle Accident – Hit and Run

Motorcyclist Killed After Fort Lauderdale Hit and Run

Earlier this week, the driver of a white 2008 Ford Focus struck and killed a motorcyclist near the 3600 block of West Broward Boulevard. According to a report by the Miami Herald, the driver of the Ford was heading west in the left turn lane of West Broward Boulevard. As the driver attempted to make either a left turn or U-turn at Northwest 36th Avenue, she failed to yield to the motorcyclist, who was driving a Kawasaki motorcycle. With nowhere to go, the motorcyclist ran into the side of the Ford. The motorcyclist was taken to the Broward Health Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Police are still looking for the driver of the white 2008 Ford Focus, who exited the vehicle and fled the scene on foot.

Hit and Runs Are Increasingly Common in Fort Lauderdale

Unfortunately, this recent hit and run accident is not unique among Fort Lauderdale accidents. The sad truth is that there has been a rash of hit and run accidents this year. These types of accidents are especially tragic because, in some cases, the victim of the crash may have survived if the other driver had stopped and rendered aid, rather than flee the scene.

Hit and run drivers are taking a big chance when they flee the scene of the accident. While some of these drivers may get away with what they have done, most will not. Police are vigilant in hunting down hit and run drivers. And when hit and run drivers are located, they are often treated harshly by the legal system, and rightfully so. This is due to their total disregard for human life, as evidenced by their flight from the scene of an accident.

The law allows for accident victims to recover damages from those who cause an accident resulting in injuries. In civil cases especially, the fact that a driver fled from the scene of an accident is valuable evidence in proving that driver’s negligence in a suit to recover damages from that driver. Jurors are not often sympathetic to a driver who caused injury and then left the victim without notifying the authorities.

Have You Been Injured in a Drunk-Driving Accident?

If you or a loved one has recently been injured in an auto accident and the driver fled the scene, you may have a legal cause of action against them that may result in monetary compensation. To find out what rights you have, and whether there are any applicable deadlines, you should contact an experienced Plantation motorcycle accident attorney. After speaking with a Florida plaintiff’s lawyer, you will be better suited to make the important decision of how to proceed and what plan of action best suits you and your family.

Here at Ask My Attorneys, we have experienced aggressively fighting for our clients that have been involved in all kinds of traffic accidents, including:

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Understand your legal rights when you are involved in a car accident. Schedule an free consultation or contact us at 954-961-5100 for more information or to discuss your case. We speak English and Spanish.

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Meet Atty. Rafael Gonzalez

Attorney Rafael A. Gonzalez received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami School of Law. 

While at the University of Miami, Mr. Gonzalez earned a judicial clerk position with the Honorable Judge Shelley Kravitz of the County Court House for Miami Dade County and took part in one of the largest product liability litigation cases in the United States. The case, Engle v Liggett, was against tobacco companies and resulted in a 145 billion dollar award to the plaintiffs. 

Mr. Gonzalez earned his stripes working with firms in Downtown Miami and Hialeah, Florida as a civil attorney. In 2010, Mr. Gonzalez joined forces with other civil litigators as a partner in the law firm of Freeman, Mallard, Sharp and Gonzalez specializing in motor vehicle accidents.

Read more about him here.
December 1, 2013
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