How Common Are Motorcycle Crashes in Florida?
When someone is involved in a car collision, there is a possibility that they will sustain some sort of injury. When there is a serious motorcycle crash, injuries are almost a certainty. Motorcyclists are not afforded the same protections as drivers of passenger vehicles. There are no metal frames or seat belts to protect them or keep them from being ejected from the motorcycle. Unfortunately, Florida is one of the most dangerous states when it comes to motorcycle crashes.
Under Florida Statute 316.211, if a motorcyclist is over the age of 21 and has insurance that covers a minimum of $10,000 in medical benefits to cover injuries from a potential motorcycle crash, the individual may ride on or operate a motorcycle without a helmet. Riding without a helmet increases the potential for serious injury, or even death, in the event of a motorcycle collision. In fact, some believe this is a factor in the seriousness of injuries and the number of fatalities related to motorcycles in Florida.
Here are some statistics from the last decade regarding motorcycle collisions:
- In 2012, there was a total of 9,384 motorcycle crashes in the state of Florida. Of these crashes, there were 8,648 individuals injured and 457 motorcyclists or passengers killed.
- The total number of collisions was up from 8,621 the year before, which saw a total of 7,970 injuries and 451 deaths.
- In 2009, fatalities from motorcycle crashes involving individuals age 45 to 54 accounted for nearly 23% of the total number of motorcycle collision deaths.
- 40% of the total motorcycle crash fatalities in 2009 occurred on two-lane highways, which is about 9% more than those occurring on four-lane roads.
- Of the 376 total motorcycle fatalities in 2009, 37% involved alcohol.
Nationally, between 2009 and 2012, there were 18,574 fatalities from motorcycle crashes. In the same time period, Florida experienced 1,667 fatalities from motorcycle collisions, equivalent to 9% of the national number. This goes to show the big problem in Florida regarding motorcycle collisions.
All Drivers Have a Responsibility to Share the Road
It is important for all drivers and motorcyclists on the road to show each other respect. This means that motorcyclists should follow all of the same laws that drivers do, and drivers should pay close attention to those on motorcycles. Some of the common causes of motorcycle collisions include speeding, failure to check blind spots, turning in front of motorcycles, and colliding with a motorcycle while changing lanes.
These types of crashes can result in serious injuries such as damage to the spinal cord and neck, broken bones, amputations, or traumatic brain injuries. As the statistics show, there is also the potential for death. When the cause of the crash is someone else’s negligence, you need help to hold the liable party accountable for his or her actions. In these situations, it is beneficial to make sure you have someone on your side to help protect your rights during the process.
At Vanguard Attorneys, our Tampa motorcycle accident lawyers are dedicated to helping injury victims seek the compensation they need after they have been involved in a motorcycle collision. We know that there are a number of factors to consider when dealing with these types of cases, and we want to make sure you understand your rights and options every step of the way. We may be able to help you secure compensation to cover the medical bills, lost wages, and other losses associated with your injury. You can have peace of mind knowing that our experienced team is on your side.
Call us today to discuss your potential case.