Some people just don’t know how to share the road, and even when they’re clearly at fault for an accident, they try to put the blame on somebody else.
That seems to be what happened recently in an incident involving a Pompano Beach resident. The 63-year-old, who was allegedly driving while drunk, rear-ended a motorcycle, pushing it into an intersection. The drunk driver then ran a nearby red light and struck several other vehicles. Apparently enraged at the motorcyclist for some reason, the driver then jumped out of his vehicle and attacked the female passenger who had fallen from the bike.
Police arrested the driver, whose blood alcohol content (BAC) was .191 — more than twice the legal limit. He’s since been charged with driving under the influence, aggravated stalking, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and reckless driving causing serious bodily injury, among other charges. The authorities also requested a high bond, citing the nature of the incident and the injuries the victims suffered.
Meanwhile, the motorcyclist and his passenger were taken to the hospital. The passenger’s injuries were not life-threatening, but the motorcyclist is in for a long recovery. He suffered a broken back with a spinal cord injury and a broken pelvis.
Incidents like this illustrate just how serious a crash with a reckless, negligent driver can be for the average motorcyclist. The extended recovery time — if there is a recovery — can be difficult to endure both physically and financially. In situations like these, it’s particularly important to work with an experienced attorney who can look for all available avenues of compensation to help offset your losses.