27-year-old Ft. Lauderdale resident Robert Hayes was killed as the motorcycle he was driving skidded over 120 feet striking an 18-wheeler that had slowed in city traffic to make a right-hand turn. Hayes was pronounced dead at the scene.
The accident occurred at 1501 NW 15th Avenue in Pompano at around 7:14 am. The driver of the 18-wheeler, 48-year-old Robbie Dutton from Dade City was not immediately charged in the incident.
We have previously written about the hazards of 18-wheelers making right-hand turns in city traffic. In order to do so, the big rig first has to maneuver into the left-hand passing lane in order to provide the clearance to negotiate the 90-degree right turn. Sometimes, and as appears may be the case here, the driver behind the truck sees an empty right lane and accelerates in an attempt to pass the rig on the right. A vehicle can be crushed beneath the rear wheels of the tractor trailer or tanker when they make the right turn or a motorcycle can be forced to skid to try and stop when they realize their error in judgement. If the motorcyclist falls as a result of the skid, they will most likely hit the rear wheels of the 18-wheeler and can be crushed beneath the multi-ton load. Sadly, such appears to may have been the situation with Mr. Hayes.
If you have a loved one who has been killed in a motorcycle accident a wrongful death has occured regardless of who may have been at fault. You may be entitled to sue the company that owns the 18-wheeler and their insurance company for damages including lost future wages and pain and suffering. The Maus Law Firm handles such cases in Ft. Lauderdale and the surrounding area and is available for a free consultation. Call us today!