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Fatal Motorcycle Accidents in Florida

Attorney David I. Fuchs

Author

Attorney David I. Fuchs

Date

Sep. 21, 2020

Category

Motorcycle Accident

In 2019, there were 534 motorcycle fatalities in Florida. So far, in 2020, there have been 341. Many of those could have been prevented by the negligent driver who didn’t take proper precautions to avoid a wreck with a bike.

If your loved one has been involved in a fatal motorcycle accident, we know you are devastated. You shouldn’t have to worry about the insurance claims process and dealing with the responsible party alone. Let attorney David I. Fuchs take the stress off your shoulders and handle your entire case from start to finish. Call us today at (954) 568-3636 or use our online contact form.

How Many Motorcycle Deaths Are There Per Year in Florida?

Each year in Florida, there are more than 500 motorcycle accident deaths. That number varies somewhat, but over the last five years, there have been more than 500 fatalities each year. Prior to that, there were between 300 and 600 each year.

  • 2019 – 534 fatalities
  • 2018 – 531 fatalities
  • 2017 – 552 fatalities
  • 2016 – 545 fatalities
  • 2015 – 584 fatalities

The fatal motorcycle accidents in Florida typically account for less than 20% of the total traffic fatalities for the state. For example, in 2019, there were a total of 3,012 traffic fatalities and 534 of those were motorcycle related (about 17%). In 2018, there were a total of 2,917 traffic fatalities and 531 of those were motorcycle accidents (about 18%).

The Number of Traffic Fatalities Had Nearly Doubled

Although the number of motorcycle fatalities is a small percentage of total traffic fatalities, that number is going up. In the early 2000s, there were only between 200 and 300 motorcycle fatalities annually. The total amount of traffic fatalities hasn’t changed much, so the percentage of motorcycle fatalities has increased greatly.

  • In 2001, there were 246 motorcycle fatalities and 3,013 traffic fatalities (about 8%).
  • In 2002, there were 276 motorcycle fatalities and 3,143 traffic fatalities (about 9%).
  • In 2003, there were 304 motorcycle fatalities and 3,179 traffic fatalities (about 10%).

The dramatic increase in overall motorcycle fatalities and the percentage they make up in traffic fatalities is concerning. It can be stopped with effective driving techniques, teaching drivers to look out for motorcycle riders, and protective gear.

Which Days of the Week Are the Most Dangerous for Bikers?

In general, most fatal motorcycle accidents occur on the weekend. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are the most dangerous days to ride, with Saturdays accounting for the most fatalities of any other day of the week.

Because motorcycle riding is often a hobby, it is frequently an activity for the weekend. Thus, there are simply more bikes on the road on the weekend. However, cars should be aware of their surroundings every day, especially if it is “motorcycle weather.”

Attorney David I. Fuchs Can Help with Fatal Motorcycle Accidents

Bikers are often seen as being risk takers, and the insurance company may try to place blame on your loved one after an accident. Don’t let the insurance company take advantage of you. Work with an experienced motorcycle accidents lawyer who will fight back and get you the compensation you deserve.

Call David I. Fuchs, Injury & Accident Lawyer, P.A. at (954) 568-3636 or use our online contact form to reach out for a free consultation. Our compassionate lawyer will listen to your story and develop an aggressive strategy to get you what you need to cover your losses.