Motorcycles are a popular mode of transportation for many people in Florida, and for good reason. The state’s warm climate and beautiful scenery make it an ideal location for riding, whether for commuting or leisurely weekend rides. However, as with any vehicle, there are inherent risks involved in riding a motorcycle on Florida highways.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycle riders are approximately 28 times more likely to die in a crash than occupants of a passenger car. This is due in part to the lack of protection afforded to motorcycle riders compared to those in cars, trucks, and SUVs. Motorcycles offer no barriers between the rider and the road or other vehicles, making them more vulnerable to serious injury or death in the event of an accident.
In Florida, the risk of motorcycle accidents is especially high. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were 9,737 motorcycle crashes in the state in 2020, resulting in 516 fatalities and 7,650 injuries. This represents a 9.9% increase in fatalities compared to 2019.
One of the main reasons for the high incidence of motorcycle accidents in Florida is the state’s year-round warm weather and favorable riding conditions. This leads to a high number of motorcycles on the road, particularly in tourist areas like Daytona Beach and Miami, where riders may not be familiar with local traffic patterns and roadways.
Another factor contributing to motorcycle accidents in Florida is the prevalence of distracted driving. With the widespread use of smartphones and other electronic devices, drivers are more likely to be distracted while behind the wheel, leading to accidents that can be particularly dangerous for motorcyclists.
In addition to distracted driving, other common causes of motorcycle accidents in Florida include:
- Impaired driving (including alcohol and drugs)
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Unsafe lane changes
- Poor road conditions or maintenance
- To reduce the risk of motorcycle accidents in Florida, it is important for riders to take appropriate safety precautions. This includes wearing protective gear like helmets, gloves, and boots, as well as ensuring that the motorcycle is in good working condition and properly maintained. Riders should also be aware of their surroundings and exercise caution when sharing the road with other vehicles.
In addition to the precautions that riders can take, it is also important for drivers of other vehicles to be aware of the presence of motorcycles on the road. This includes checking blind spots before changing lanes or turning, leaving plenty of space between their vehicle and a motorcycle, and avoiding distractions while driving. By being more aware of the presence of motorcycles on the road, drivers can help reduce the risk of accidents and keep everyone safe.
The state of Florida has also implemented several measures to improve motorcycle safety on its highways. These include the requirement for motorcycle riders to complete a Basic Rider Course before obtaining a motorcycle endorsement on their driver’s license, as well as the implementation of motorcycle-only checkpoints to identify and address any safety issues with riders or their equipment.
Furthermore, the state has also implemented a “Share the Road” campaign, which aims to raise awareness among drivers of the importance of sharing the road with motorcycles and other vulnerable road users. This campaign includes billboards, public service announcements, and social media messaging to promote safe driving practices and reduce the number of motorcycle accidents on Florida highways.
At Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, P.A, we are dedicated to helping our clients who have been involved in motorcycle accidents on Florida highways. We understand the risks associated with riding motorcycles and the devastating impact an accident can have on a person’s life. That is why we work tirelessly to investigate the accident, determine liability, and negotiate a fair settlement on behalf of our clients.
We have a team of experienced attorneys who are well-versed in Florida’s motorcycle accident laws and have a track record of success in these types of cases. We use our knowledge and resources to build a strong case on behalf of our clients, and we are not afraid to take a case to trial if necessary.
We also understand the importance of providing compassionate support to our clients throughout the process. We know that the aftermath of a motorcycle accident can be a challenging and emotional time, which is why we are committed to being there for our clients every step of the way. We keep our clients informed throughout the legal process, answer their questions, and provide the guidance they need to make informed decisions about their case.
At Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, P.A, we are dedicated to helping our clients who have been injured in motorcycle accidents on Florida highways. We are committed to providing effective legal representation, compassionate support, and a commitment to achieving the best possible outcome for our clients.