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Motorcycle accidents often cause catastrophic injuries and death because of the vulnerability of motorcyclists. It’s legal to drive without a helmet in Florida, but bikers should remember to put safety first to avoid brain injuries and fatalities. A study done by AAA found that Florida is home to the highest number of motorcycle-related deaths in the country, even though just three percent of registered vehicles are motorcycles.
Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the AAA study also show:
- 606 motorcyclists were killed in Florida in 2015, which was up 30 percent from the previous year.
- Motorcycles are involved in 20 percent of auto accident fatalities, despite there being fewer bikes on the road than other motor vehicles.
- The national death rate was nearly cut in half from 2006 to 2014, while Florida’s fatality rate increased.
- Miami-Dade County had the highest number of deaths in Florida with 67 fatalities resulting from motorcycle accidents in 2015.
Most of these accidents involved speeding or impaired driving, but from 2013 to 2015, 40 percent of motorcyclist deaths were attributed to not wearing a helmet. If you drive a motorcycle, make sure you follow all traffic laws, wear a helmet and watch out for other drivers. You don’t have the protection of a car to keep you safe in the event of a crash.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, please contact our lawyers in Orlando today at (855) 880-4741 for a FREE consultation. Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter serve clients throughout Florida and nationwide.