The fatal motorcycle crash occurred during the early morning hours. The motorcyclist, a local resident, was operating a black 2003 Kawasaki motorcycle and traveling northbound on North Congress Avenue in Boynton Beach when he clipped a BMW. The motorcycle hit a rear tire on the motor vehicle, causing the motorcyclist to be thrown from the bike. He reportedly landed on his head and suffered severe head trauma. (It is unclear if the biker was wearing a motorcycle helmet.)
The injured motorcyclist was taken via ambulance to Delray Medical Center in Delray Beach, FL. Doctors at the hospital tried valiantly to save the victim’s life, but he was later pronounced dead as a result of his injuries. The victim was just 18 years old at the time of his death.
A female passenger on the motorcycle also sustained injuries in the accident. The 17-year-old victim was taken to the hospital, where doctors treated her for her accident-related injuries. Fortunately, she was later listed in stable condition and is expected to survive.
The driver of the car was unhurt as a result of the collision.
Civil and Criminal Liability for Fatal Motorcycle Accidents in Palm Beach County
Detectives with the Boynton Beach Police Department Traffic Homicide Unit conducted an investigation into the fatal accident and attempted to figure out exactly what may have caused the crash. Police have already determined that the driver of the BMW, a 39-year-old Boynton Beach resident, pulled out in front of the motorcycle and turned left just before the accident occurred. The motorist was reportedly just a few feet from clearing the intersection, but the biker still crashed into the rear tire.
Authorities also believe that the motorcyclist may have been speeding just before the accident, making it difficult for him to come to a stop prior to impact.
The driver of the BMW is not expected to be criminally charged or cited for any traffic offenses in connection with the fatal collision. However, that does not mean that the motorist will avoid civil liability for the crash. That’s because the family members of the deceased motorcyclist can potentially file a wrongful death action against the BMW driver. Under Florida wrongful death law, a negligent motorist who causes a fatal accident can be sued for damages. Although the driver in this case indicated to police that he thought he had safely merged into the left lane while making the turn, there are a number of factors that could go into determining whether the driver was exercising proper caution prior to the fatal crash.
If you or a loved one was injured in a motorcycle accident in Palm Beach County, FL, you need a qualified personal injury attorney representing you. The experienced personal injury and motorcycle accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Russ E. Robbins, P.A. can help you get the compensation you need, want, and deserve. Contact us now to schedule a free initial consultation.