There are many types of motorcycles used for riding with motocross, sports bikes and superbikes often being used in organized racing events. Due in part to the popularity of these sports, street racing has also become a popular activity for many riders – despite being dangerous and illegal when performed on public roads.
When two motorcycles race each other on a public street or highway they are putting themselves, and their fellow motorists, passengers, and pedestrians in danger of getting injured. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration the number of fatal motorcycle accidents steadily increased for more than a decade until in 2008 the number dipped to just under 4,500.
Despite this overall reduction in injuries, street racing might still account for many of those fatalities as 35% of fatal crashes in 2010 involved speeding motorcyclists. Records from 2008 have detailed that more than 500 motorcyclist fatalities occurred in the state of Florida, ranking just below California who registered the highest number of motorcycle fatalities that year.
Motorcycles that are often used for street racing are more likely to be owned by younger persons which are also more likely to engage in reckless driving behavior. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident with a motorcycle, the victim may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and more.
To see if you may be entitled to make a claim, contact our attorneys today by simply filling out the ‘FREE CASE REVIEW’ form to your right.
Florida Street Racing Laws
Motorcycle street racing is illegal and under Florida Law those who are caught engaging or spectating in street racing may be penalized for doing so.
The most recent Florida laws state that persons may not in any participate in street racing whether as a driver, passenger, facilitator, or collecting monies for the race. Those who violate the laws may be penalized with:
1st violation: Fines between $500 and $1,000.
2nd violation: Fines between $1,000 and $3,000 and license revocation for 2 years.
3rd violation: Fines between $2,000 and $5,000 and license revocation for up to 4 years.
Those who break street racing laws may also be arrested and have their vehicle towed.
If a person is engaged in street racing and are involved in an accident they may face even harsher punishment if it is found that they were racing at the time of the incident.
Common Street Racing Injuries
Along with the factor of speed, street racing may also lead to dangerous motorcycle tricks and stunts. Those who are involved in motorcycle crashes may suffer from multiple injuries including (but not limited to):
- Broken Bones
- Road Rash
- Cuts & Lacerations
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Dental Injuries
- Loss of Limb
- And Wrongful Death
The types of injuries both motorcyclists and drivers may sustain can vary. If a lightweight motorcycle slips from underneath the driver it could injure pedestrians and motorists inside their vehicles.
Contact our Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today
If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident, the injured victim may be entitled to compensation. At Gordon & Doner our team of attorneys has more than 180 years of combined legal experience including motorcycle accident claims.
Our firm is dedicated to representing and fighting for the rights of the injured and we have helped many clients get the justice they deserve. We have offices located throughout Palm Beach, Martin, and Broward County and proudly serve:
- West Palm Beach
- Palm Beach Gardens
- Boynton Beach
- Pembroke Pines
- Ft. Lauderdale
…and many more local towns and cities. To find out what your legal options may be contact us at 1 (855) 722-2552 and one of our dedicated staff members will assist you in getting connected with one of our lawyers who is best suited it handling your claim.
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