According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycle deaths comprise 15% of all highway deaths in America. In contrast to cars, which have seen a consistent national decline in fatal accidents over the last 20 years, motorcycle deaths have seen an increase. In Florida more people die in motorcycle accidents than in any other state in the nation. Let’s take a closer look at Florida’s problem.
- The temperate climate is highly inviting for motorcyclists. Despite regular spontaneous downpours, the weather is warm and sunny for most of the year. Florida motorists rarely encounter frost or ice on the roads, and never have to wait for a plough.
- Florida hosts many long stretches of two-lane highway that meander through wetlands and along scenic coastline, making the motorcycle an enjoyable method of transportation. When the highways get crowded with tourists, smaller roads make a great venue for motorcycles.
- With such fine conditions, a large number of people choose motorcycles as the favored method of transportation. In 2014 there were over 500,000 registered motorcycle owners in the state. Among the state’s most recent motorcycle fatalities, one-third of drivers were over the age of 50, reflecting the population’s aging style.
- In the year 2000, Florida lawmakers repealed the universal helmet law. Since that time, helmet use is only required for riders under the age of 18. Only about half of all riders wear helmets. Motorcyclists are 30 times more likely to die in an accident than those riding in cars; the lack of protective gear increases the risk of death in an accident by another 37%.
- Florida drivers have a speeding problem, and motorcyclists have a visibility problem. The combination of high speeds and lack of visibility spells trouble for motorcycles.
The conditions for motorcycle accidents are ripe in the Sunshine State, and motorcycle accidents result in many serious head injuries and fatalities. The state can impose heavy fines for speeding and reconsider the helmet law, but ultimately riders are responsible for reducing accidents.
If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, you need a lawyer. You may be eligible to collect monetary compensation for your injuries. Call the Law Office of Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivy & Fronrath at 561-655-1990 or contact us online today.