A tragic Valentine’s Day
Palm Beach motorcycle accident killed a 20-year-old at the intersection of Center Park Boulevard and
State Road 7.
According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Billy Nguyen
had been driving his 2007 Kawasaki motorcycle on State Road 7, when 73-year-old
Anthony Gaeta pulled a U-turn at the intersection and slammed into the
bike. Nguyen was thrown off his bike onto the road, where he was instantly
killed. Two cars behind the motorcycle then struck Gaeta’s car.
The drivers and passengers in all three vehicles were unharmed —
they all been wearing their safety belts. Homicide detectives at the Sheriff’s
Office are investigating this motorcycle accident.
Accident Highlights Special Vulnerabilities of Motorcyclists
This tragedy vividly illustrates how vulnerable motorcyclists can be on
Florida roads. The reality is this: the laws of physics conspire to work
against motorcyclists. Cars and trucks are more massive. They are thus
capable of imparting more massive force. A collision between an automobile
and a motorcycle is not a “fair fight,” due to this difference.
Likewise, collisions between standard automobiles and large trucks are
also not “fair fights” for the same reason.
How can bikers protect themselves from tragedies like this? Here are three
Be visible! Motorcyclists who wear dark clothing or who fail to “visually announce”
their presence on the road are more difficult to see. If the driver can’t
see you, he is more likely to hit you.
Adopt a safety-centered mindset. Countless studies show that protective gear saves the lives of motorcyclists.
Make safe motorcycling a habit: Avoid driving too fast; maintain your
bike; avoid driving on dangerous roads; and never drive under the influence
of drugs, alcohol, or fatigue-inducing medications.
Protect your rights if you have been injured. If you have been hurt in West Palm Beach motorcycle accident, connect with
an experienced legal team immediately.
The powerful, highly respected team at the Law Offices of Craig Goldernfarb,
PA, is deeply saddened by this tragic accident, and we hope that Florida
bikers — and all other motorists — will use this somber occasion
to strengthen their commitment to safety on the roadways.
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