The Broward County Sheriff’s office is asking anyone who witnessed or has information about the fatal motorcycle accident on Sunday along the 500 block of Dixie road at approximately 11:30 p.m. to contact their office. Peter Peco, a 63-year-old Lauderdale-by-Sea resident was killed when he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed it into a palm tree, according to a story in the Sun Sentinel. Sheriff investigators believe that Peco approached the intersection and struck the curb on the west side of the road which caused him and the motorcycle to thrust into a palm tree. He was later pronounced dead at the North Broward Medical Center.
First and foremost, our Fort Lauderdale motorcycle accident attorneys send our thoughts and condolences to the Peco family. We know that this tragic event can be an overwhelming and troubling time for the family. Unfortunately, this accident and those similar to this will now become a part of the Florida Motorcycle Crash statistics compiled by the Department of Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle. But on a lighter note, in 2010, the overall incidences of motorcycle crashes dropped approximately 10 percent in the state of Florida. In 2009, there were 8,313 motorcycle crashes which occurred in the state, and the 2010 statistics revealed that during that year, there were 7,484 motorcycle accidents which occurred. Sadly, the number of motorcycle passengers increased in 2010 from 2009. In 2010, 33 motorcycle passengers were killed as compared to 26 in 2009.
It is not clear whether or not Peco was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Since under current Florida motorcycle law, persons over the age of 21 have the option to wear a helmet, provided they have an insurance policy for at least $10,000 in medical benefits. However, riders 21 years of age and under are required to wear a helmet. In spite of most riders being safe drivers, a Fort Lauderdale motorcycle accident can occur at any moment. Further, often these accidents occur due to the recklessness and carelessness of other drivers, thus causing motorcycle passengers to become seriously injured, or worst; death.
Plainly, when a motorist operates a motor vehicle in a negligent or reckless manner he or she could face severe criminal consequences if someone is hurt or killed as a result of an accident. Also, a Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawsuit could be filed against that person to hold this responsible party liable for the damages an injured party has suffered due. When a driver is issued an operator’s license to operate a vehicle or motorcycle, they have given an implication to follow the rules of the road, including not driving in a carless and imprudent manner or to engage in unsafe conduct which they know will harm or injure others.
Our Fort Lauderdale accident attorneys help individuals who have been seriously injured or harm during a motorcycle or vehicle accident. We also help family members who have lost someone they love to recover damages as a result of a crash. It is always best to consult with an attorney shortly after an accident in order to become aware of your legal rights.
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