A recent article in the St. Augustine Record Newspaper / Web site showed the dangers of Florida motorcycle accidents. Three motorcyclists were riding Northbound on U.S. 1 in St. Johns County near the Flagler County line.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, William Bordas misjudged the distance between his motorcycle and that of James Baltimore, III. As a result, both drivers lost control of their motorcycles and were ejected. Another motorcyclist, William E. Bordas, was also caught in this accident. All three were injured and admitted to local hospitals. The accident took place at 2:15 a.m. Margo Collins was a passenger on Baltimore’s motorcycle and may have been injured as well. See Three Injured in St. Johns County Florida Motorcycle Crash for more details.
Florida has laws in place for assessing fault in civil and criminal matters. A civil case (or a case for monetary compensation) does not require that a traffic citation be issued to proceed with a claim or lawsuit. In this accident, no citations were reported at the time of the release of the article. Even if a Florida traffic citation was issued, the citation would not control the civil case or insurance claim. As you can see, the laws and details of a case can be confusing. As such, it is important to consult with a St. Augustine (St. Johns County) personal injury lawyer to determine your respective rights and responsibilities when there is an accident.