Motorcycle Passenger Dies After Head-On Collision with Acura in Florida
In Hollywood, Florida, Shaina Scott, 21, died at Memorial Regional Hospital where she had undergone surgery after the deadly motorcycle crash where she was thrown from her from the motorcycle she was riding on Friday. The driver of the motorcycle, 24-year-old Erick Tenaille, died at the accident scene. The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the fatal traffic accident. Larry Ranko, the driver of the Acura, was heading northbound on a southbound I-95 just north of Griffin Road when the deadly crash occurred. Ranko was treated at Broward General Medical Center where he was reportedly in serious condition. The highway patrol is still trying to determine whether to file charges, if alcohol was involved, and why Ranko was driving down the freeway but going in the wrong direction. In 2006, Ranko pleaded guilty to driving without headlights, driving on the wrong side of the road, and driving to the left of the center line. He also had his license suspended and served two years’ probation for heroin possession in 1997. Shaina’s roommate and two other motorcyclists were riding along Shaina and Erick when the deadly accident occurred. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that 432 people were killed in the U.S. because of wrong-way accidents in 2005. Florida transportation officials, however, say that the state’s roads are purposely designed to prevent wrong-way accidents. There are signs in red and white warning drivers that they are going the wrong way on the freeway. Medians are set up to prevent someone from entering the highway from the wrong direction. Because a motorcycle rider doesn’t have anything to protect him or her in a motorcycle collision—especially when crashing into a car, truck, or bus, motorcycle riders and drivers are prone to catastrophic injuries and death when involved in a motor vehicle crash. In Florida, motorcycle riders are not required to wear helmets, which can leave unhelmeted heads exposed the entire time. Tenaille, a Coral Gables resident, was not wearing a helmet on Friday. Some of the injuries that can occur in a motorcycle accident: • Broken bones • Disfigurements • Severed limbs • Head injuries • Severe burns • Brain damage • Spinal cord injuries • Neck injuries • Back Injuries The Insurance Information Institute days that 4,787 died in motorcycle crashes in 2006. Motorcycle Crashes, Insurance Information Institute Related Web Resources: Evaluation of the Repeal of the All-Rider Motorcycle Helmet Law, NHTSA.dot.gov If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a motorcycle crash anywhere in South Florida, The Law Office of John D. Ameen, P.A. would like to offer you a free consultation with one of our motorcycle accident attorneys. We understand what you must be going through after such a devastating accident, and we offer quality personal injury representation to people that are the injury victims of other people’s negligence. Contact The Law Office of John D. Ameen, P.A. and ask for your free consultation today.