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  • How Common Are Motorcycle Crashes in Florida?

    August 18, 2016 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    When someone is involved in a car collision, there is a possibility that they will sustain some sort of injury. When there is a serious motorcycle crash, injuries are almost a certainty. Motorcyclists are not afforded the same protections as drivers of passenger vehicles. There are no metal frames or seat belts to protect them or keep them from being ejected from the motorcycle. Unfortunately, ...
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  • 8 Motorcycle Visibility Tips

    July 20, 2016 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    Florida’s sunshine makes it a great place to ride motorcycles. However, because there are so many motorcyclists in our state, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that we also have the most motorcycle fatalities in the nation. Although motorcyclists account for only seven percent of Florida motorists, 19 percent of all fatal accidents involve a motorcycle. Many ...
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  • Motorcycle Safety Tips to Gear Up for the Summer Riding Season

    March 31, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    As the summer riding season approaches, more motorcycles will be seen on roads throughout the US. Even in warm-weather states like Florida, many riders store their motorcycles or ride more frequently in the spring and summer seasons. With more daylight, good visibility for riding extends late into the evening in the summer. However, visibility is reduced drastically at dusk and the summer season ...
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  • Common Types of Motorcycle and Bicycle Accident Injuries

    March 26, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    Motorcycle and bicycle accidents can involve abrupt collisions and potentially severe injuries to the rider. Even though motorcycles are faster and more powerful, a bicycle accident can be equally as devastating. A cyclist may crash or be struck by a motor vehicle while riding under 5 mph and can still sustain catastrophic, life-threatening injury. Wearing a motorcycle helmet reduces the ...
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  • Causes of Motorcycle Accidents and Statistics

    March 21, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    In the US, motorcycle accident fatalities have increased on average over the past decade, while fatalities in passenger-vehicle accidents have decreased. In 2012, the state of Florida ranked as the third highest state in the US for motorcycle accident fatalities. The US Department of Transportation and motorcycle safety experts feel that ramped-up, persistent efforts are necessary to increase ...
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  • 2 Fatal Motorcycle Accidents at Daytona Bike Week

    March 20, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    A motorcyclist from New York who traveled to Daytona to attend the Bike Week 2014 passed away in a local hospital after his motorcycle collided with an automobile. The fatal motorcycle crash marked the second accident related fatality reported in either Volusia or Flagler counties during this year’s bike week, which kicked off on Friday, March 7th. The motorcyclist was Christopher M. ...
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  • Motorcyclist Sustains Spinal Cord Injury in Confrontation with Motorist

    March 17, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    In a previous post, we showcased a news story about a motorcycle club based in New York City who allegedly harassed and attacked a family in a Range Rover SUV. On Sunday, September 29th, motorcycle riders chased a family through the streets of upper Manhattan and brutally beat the driver, Alexian Lien, 33, of Manhattan, in front of his wife and 2 year old daughter. As many as 30 bikers, most of ...
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  • How to Avoid a Motorcycle Accident

    March 14, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    Despite a motorcyclist’s discipline and consistent defensive riding habits, motorcycle accidents can still happen. Even the best, most cautious rider cannot predict the actions of other motorists or prevent driver distraction. Statistics show that there are nearly 250,000 traffic accidents in Florida every year. The leading cause of traffic accidents, including motorcycle accidents, is ...
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  • Do I Really Need an Attorney for my Motorcycle Accident Claim?

    March 14, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    Tampa is second only to Miami among Florida cities with the highest rates of serious and fatal motorcycle accidents. The state of Florida is home to the third highest average annual motorcycle fatality rate in the entire country. Naturally, a higher rate of motorcycle accidents equates to a higher frequency of motorcycle injury claims. Since motorcycles offer no protection to riders and most ...
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  • Two Motorcyclists Killed in Separate, Same-Day Tampa Area Crashes

    March 12, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    On Saturday, March 1, two motorcyclists were killed in two separate fatal motorcycle accidents, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The first of the two fatalities took place close to 1:34 p.m. A 23-year-old Tampa man riding a 1997 Suzuki 900 was travelling west on State Road 574 in the left-turn lane. At the same time, Wesley Ethan Bozeman, age 26, of Sydney, Australia, was heading west in a ...
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  • Motorcycle Accident Preventive Safety Tips

    March 6, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    Some motorcyclists ride to save fuel while others ride simply for pleasure. No matter what the reason may be, it is critical for all bikers to ride with caution to prevent motorcycle accidents from occurring. Both novice and veteran riders can minimize the risk of a motorcycle accident by consistently implementing a few simple preventive safety tips. Always Ride Defensively: Looking twice is an ...
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  • Two Dead in Largo Motorcycle Trike Crash

    February 25, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    On Thursday February 20th, two people riding a three-wheeled motorcycle (trike) died in a traffic accident late at night after their motorcycle crashed into the median as they entered U.S. 19 near 150th Avenue N, according to Largo police. The motorcycle driver, Gilles Michaud, and his passenger, Mona Dube, both of New Brunswick, Canada, were traveling north on the frontage Road. The driver ...
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  • Multiple Motorcyclists Injured in Miami Crash

    February 13, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    On Thursday, February 6th, Miami-area rescue crews responded to a violent multiple vehicle accident scene involving three motorcycles. The traffic accident took place at SW 100 Street and Krome Avenue in Southwest Miami-Dade County during the afternoon hours. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials said a total of six motorcyclists had been taken by ambulance to area hospitals. Investigators explained ...
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  • Two Injured in Tampa Motorcycle Crash

    February 7, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    On Monday, February 1st, two Tampa residents were injured in the late afternoon hours when a motorcycle collided with a minivan, according to information provided by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. Mohammad Saed, age 17, was riding a Kawasaki Vulcan motorcycle heading westbound on Fletcher Avenue approaching 19th Street just around 4:20pm. At the same time, Victor Chadee, age 69, ...
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  • Man Dies in Wesley Chapel Motorcycle Crash

    February 4, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    On Wednesday, January 30th, a 20-year-old man from Lutz lost his life after an early morning motorcycle crash on State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel. Darren Richard Derby was travelling west on a Suzuki GSX-R600 in the outside lane of S.R. 54 close to Oakley Boulevard at 7:05 am, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report. At the same moment, Kayla Lancaster, age 22, of Wesley Chapel, was heading ...
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  • Wesley Chapel Motorcyclist Killed

    January 30, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    On Wednesday, January 22nd, a man from Wesley Chapel lost his life after a motorcycle collision with a passenger car near County Line Road early that morning, according to Florida Highway Patrol (FHP). The accident report filed by FHP troopers indicated that Samuel Hemphill of Wesley Chapel, age 54, was headed west on County Line Road approaching Nashville Drive on his Yamaha motorcycle, right ...
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  • Motorcyclist Killed in Nokomis Crash

    January 22, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    On New Year’s Day, a motorcyclist lost his life after colliding with an automobile in the town of Nokomis, Florida. According to Florida Highway Patrol, the crash occurred when a car pulled out in front of the motorcycle right around 5:35pm. Troopers reported a man from Venice, 52-year-old David Yarzab, was riding his Harley Davidson southbound on U.S. 41 nearing the Waterfront Too ...
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  • Motorcyclist Killed in Crash with SUV

    December 27, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    Early on Thursday December 19th, a man riding a motorcycle collided with a Land Rover SUV during Tampa’s afternoon commute hours, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. A police accident report stated the driver of the Land Rover, Jean G. Mezidor of Tampa, attempted to make a U-turn from the westbound turn lane of Causeway Boulevard near the intersection of 54th Street. As she pulled ...
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  • Top Motorcycle Safety Tips for the New Year

    December 26, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    With 2014 just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about New Year’s resolutions. Motorcycle riders in particular can use this time to identify riding habits that need improvement and create resolutions to practice safer riding. In an effort to help reduce the amount of motorcycle accidents that occur, bikers can adhere to the following safety tips. Motorcycle Rider Safety ...
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  • Holiday Rush Increases Danger on the Road

    December 23, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    that people should be wary of more than just being able to weave their way through the crowds to find a gift. Researchers at the UA Center for Advanced Public Safety, who analyzed 10 years of Alabama crash data, found that the days just before Christmas can be a more dangerous time to drive than the days surrounding Thanksgiving and New Year’s. UA researchers found heavy traffic surrounding ...
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  • Motorcycle Safety Gear Recommendations

    November 25, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    Certain pieces of safety equipment are designed to help protect a rider’s body from serious injuries if a motorcycle accident occurs. 5 Essential Pieces of Riding Gear for All Conditions DOT Approved Helmets: Wear a properly fitted helmet and replace it every five years. A helmet reduces a rider’s risk of death or traumatic brain injury by at least 40% if he/she is involved in a crash. ...
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  • Tampa Motorcyclist Collides with Deputies

    November 18, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    On Friday, October 25th, two Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputies were seriously injured in a crash that occurred during a routine traffic stop on Interstate 75 just outside of Sun City Center. According to a statement issued by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office, Captain Steve Launikitis and Master Deputy Chris Davis had stopped a motorcyclist and were both standing on the ...
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  • Second Victim dies in Motorcycle Crash

    October 14, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    Two lives have been claimed in connection with a motorcycle accident that took place on Friday, October 4th in Myrtle Beach, SC. Virginia resident Stephanie Weeks, 36, succumbed to her injuries the next day in connection with the accident, according to Horry County Deputy Coroner Tamara Williard. Weeks was a passenger on a 3-wheeled motorcycle, more commonly referred to as a trike, when it struck ...
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  • Clearwater Paramedic Killed in Motorcycle Accident

    October 8, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    In early July, a tragic motorcycle accident in Clearwater left a Sunstar paramedic dead. 33-year-old Chris Jennings was killed when his motorcycle crashed at the intersection of Keene Road and Gulf to Bay Blvd. According to Clearwater Police reports, Jennings was riding northbound on Keene Road on his 2008 Suzuki motorcycle. Witnesses told police he sped past traffic on the left as cars were ...
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  • Motorcycle Rider Dies After Collision with Light Pole in Clearwater

    September 23, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    On a Sunday night in late July, 48-year-old Anthony Nicholas Viggiano was riding his motorcycle southbound on Belcher Road near the intersection with Cleveland Street in Clearwater. Viggiano was involved in a motorcycle accident just before midnight. He apparently lost control of his 2006 Honda and then crashed into a roadside sign and light pole. Viggiano was transported by ambulance to Morton ...
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