One person was killed and another seriously injured while racing motorcycles in Pompano Beach FL, according to law enforcement officials.
The illegal drag racing accident allegedly occurred a short time before 3:00 a.m. on New Year’s Day. The two victims were reportedly racing each other and riding separate Harley-Davidson motorcycles on Northeast Fourth Avenue in Pompano Beach, Florida. As the motorcyclists passed through the intersection with Northeast 24th Street, they crashed into a fence and then struck a wall.
Other motorists who drove by and saw the aftermath of the frightening motorcycle crash dialed 911 and alerted local law enforcement. Broward County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Pompano Beach Fire Rescue officials rushed to the scene of the accident, where they found the two victims lying on the pavement and suffering from catastrophic injuries. Emergency crew members rushed the victims via ambulance to nearby Broward Health North. One of the victims, a 23-year-old resident of Fort Lauderdale, was treated for serious injuries and later listed in stable condition. Tragically, doctors at the Pompano Beach medical facility were unable to save the life of the other victim, a 39-year-old man from Coconut Creek, Florida. He was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital.
Detectives with the Broward County Sheriff’s Office are currently investigating the motorcycle crash. Officials believe that the victims were racing just before the fatal accident occurred. The investigation remains active and ongoing.
Civil Liability for Drag Racing Accidents in Palm Beach County
The outcome of the official police investigation into the Pompano Beach motorcycle accident could go a long way toward determining whether the surviving victim, or the family members of the victim who died in the crash, can file a civil lawsuit for damages. That’s because Florida law imposes civil liability against anyone who is involved in a racing accident that causes injuries to someone who was not involved in the race. A person’s participation in the race can automatically constitute negligence under Florida Statute Section 316.191, which directly addresses “racing on highways.”
Of course, in the recent Pompano Beach motorcycle crash, the fact that authorities believe that both victims were participants in the drag race could make it difficult for either the surviving victim or the deceased victim’s family members to pursue compensation in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.
The reality is that Florida roads and highways are already dangerous enough without having to worry about accidents being caused by drag racers. That’s why motorists in Palm Beach County and elsewhere in FL should exercise extreme caution and make sure to pay attention to the roadway at all times while driving.
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. will help you get compensated for your accident-related injuries. Contact us now to schedule a free consultation about your case.