A Miami, Florida collision involving a motorcycle and another vehicle sent one person to the hospital on Saturday, news sources report. Sources suggest that the motorcyclist’s leg was seriously injured and may have to be amputated. Information regarding the victim’s identity was not immediately available following the accident; all that is known is that he is a young man. Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine whether they will file charges. So far, it is unclear whether the victim will file for damages.
According to reports, the accident occurred around 3:00 Saturday evening at the intersection of Herald Plaza and NE 15th Street in Miami. NE 15th Street is a multi-lane road with side parking available on both sides. Herald Plaza flows in and out of NE 15th Street and is regulated by a stop sign.
A black Harley-Davidson and another vehicle were involved in the crash, the details of which are still unknown. One witness provided clues on Facebook as to what may have happened, suggesting that the car turned into the path of the motorcycle. “Really horrific scene, the poor young man lost his leg,” one witness commented about the accident on Facebook afterwards. “All because the car driver was careless and turned sharply without any caution. My prayers are with him and his family.”
Police and paramedics arrived at the scene and rushed one victim, who sustained critical injuries in the collision, to the Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center. Police did not say who may have been at fault in the collision or whether the other driver was injured. It is also currently unclear what make and model the other vehicle involved the accident was.
Another motorcyclist was injured this past week in a Lake Worth accident, reports indicate. The motorcyclist was reportedly doing stunts when he fell off his motorcycle. The victim sustained serious injuries and was air-rushed to a nearby hospital. Information regarding the victim’s identity was not immediately available following the crash.
According to reports, the accident occurred around 9:00 Friday morning at the intersection of South A Street and Sixth Avenue South in Lake Worth. It is not clear what sort of stunts the victim was doing in the area, or why, before he fell of his motorcycle. Paramedics arrived on the scene and air-rushed the victim to the Delray Medical Center. It is unclear whether the victim was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. The FHP is still investigating, and it remains to be seen whether the victim will be issued a citation.
Motorcycles are notoriously dangerous.
Florida state records show there were 6,686 motorcyclists injured in traffic accidents in 2010; 626 of those injuries occurred in Miami-Dade County, and 60 of them had fatal consequences. Ad the problem is only getting worse: statistics show that motorcycle accidents have increased by 55% since 2000.
In an effort to increase riders’ safety, many states, including Florida, have enacted helmet laws. In Florida, anyone 20 years or younger must wear a helmet. Some states, such as Georgia and Alabama, require riders of all ages to wear helmet.