Florida Motorcycle Accidents
Even the most safety conscious person in the world understands what a thrill it must be to hit the highways on a motorcycle. The freedom of riding motorcycle, whether it’s a scooter, a bullet bike, or a Harley, is something that driving a sedan just can’t begin to match. That being said, one cannot ignore the fact that Florida sees more motorcycle fatalities than any other state in the nation. Taking two wheels out on the highway carries inherent dangers, and there is no question but that a collision between a motorcycle and a car, truck, tree or fence will not bode well for the bike rider. If you or a loved one experience serious injuries or death as a result of such a collision and someone else is at fault, a good personal injury attorney might be worth looking into.
Motorcycle Crash Statistics
Obviously, a motorcycle offers far less in terms of structural protections than any other vehicle on the highway. That fact may be behind some startling statistics:
- The number of motorcycle deaths has risen by 30 percent since 2014;
- Motorcycles are involved in one of every five fatal accidents, although they account for only 3 percent of vehicles on the road;
- Miami-Dade County led the nation in motorcycle fatalities (67) in 2014;
- Four in ten of motorcyclists killed were not wearing a helmet.
Hazards Motorcyclists Face
The truth is, alcohol is a contributor to half of all motorcycle accidents. Another issue facing motorcyclists is that they simply are less visible to motorists. Many elements, in fact, may impact the likelihood of having a motorcycle accident. Some of the most common issues include:
- Motorists turning left, cutting off motorcyclists.
- A patch of gravel or debris destabilizing the motorcycle, particularly on turns;
- Turning a corner too quickly puts you on the ground;
- Vehicles changing lanes without seeing you in the blind spot;
- Groups of cyclists go out together and winding up rear-ending one another;
- Motorcyclists laying on the front brake and turfing it;
- Car doors opening in the cyclist’s path;
- Rain, fog and other weather conditions impairing visibility and stability.
Staying Safe on your Bike
With all the peril, just how does one stay safe on a motorcycle? Experts have several tips:
- Make sure the bike you choose isn’t too much for you to handle;
- Get a bike with ABS brakes—they are nearly 40 percent less likely to be involved in a fatal collision;
- Wear a helmet and protective gear;
- Drive defensively;
- Stay out of hazardous weather conditions;
- Avoid road hazards, and be particularly careful in construction zones;
- Keep your bike in good working order.
Following an Accident
If, despite your best efforts, you or a loved one experiences a serious motorcycle accident, you will not want to face medical procedures, bills, and insurance battles on your own. Contact the aggressive, experienced legal team at the Law Offices of Robert W. Elton in Daytona & Ormond Beach right away for a free, confidential consultation. We will fight to get the settlement you deserve.