The rider of a dirt bike suffered serious injuries after crashing into a passenger vehicle in Melbourne.
According to media reports, witnesses told police officers that there had been several dirt bike riders in the area operating motorcycles without license plates, lights and other equipment to make them street legal. Those witnesses also said the riders were traveling at high rates of speed in the hour before the crash, and that they were not wearing helmets and other safety gear.
Upon impact, the dirt bike rider flew off the motorcycle and onto the passenger vehicle, and then landed on the street. He was listed in serious condition at a local hospital.
Motorcycle safety laws in Florida
As in most communities throughout Florida and across the country, it is illegal to ride a dirt bike or other motorcycle on roads and highways without the proper licensing and equipment, including head and tail lights. The state also requires all riders under the age of 21 to wear a Department of Transportation-approved helmet. Those over 21 may ride without a helmet, but must be insured for at least $10,000 in medical benefits to cover the costs of treating injuries after a potential accident.
Additionally, all motorcyclists should obey all traffic laws and avoid speeding and other reckless activities. While it is not completely clear what caused this recent crash in Melbourne, the statements of witnesses point to speed being a primary factor.
If you or someone you know has been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident due to someone else’s negligence, you may be able to recover damages for medical bills, lost wages and more. For further legal guidance, speak with an experienced Bradenton personal injury lawyer at Shapiro, Goldman, Babbonni & Walsh.