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Florida is known for having wonderful weather on a consistent basis throughout the year. That said, many people come to our state to enjoy fun in the sun and take part in a variety of outdoor activities that may not be available to them in their home state. Make no mistake – there is an appeal to riding a motorcycle on a beautiful sun-filled day in Florida and thousands of individuals take full advantage of the weather. Unfortunately, more motorcycles on the road means more opportunities for accidents to occur.
At The Law Offices of David I. Fuchs, we have seen the unfortunate results of the motorcycle accidents that occur throughout Florida. The accident statistics in Florida and all throughout the country are horrific, particularly when looking at the number of fatalities that take place on a yearly basis. Let’s take a closer look at the numbers.
According to the latest data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), almost 5,000 motorcyclists died and 93,000 were injured in traffic collisions in 2012. The Administration further notes that of all traffic fatalities throughout the U.S., motorcyclists accounted for 15 percent.
The NHTSA also found that about 52 percent of motorcycle fatalities involved collisions with another type of motor vehicle, while 22 percent of fatal motorcycle crashes occurred with non-moving objects.
RideSmartFlorida compiled some startling accident statistics as well. They have found that the number of motorcycle fatalities increased considerably in the early 2000s, and in fact, the number of injuries and collisions practically doubled between 2000 and 2008. There was a considerable reduction for two years in 2009 and 2010, but the number of fatalities have increased between 2011 and 2013.
More specifically, 449 motorcycle operators and passengers in Florida were killed in 2014. Statistics also show that in 2012, motorcycle fatalities accounted for approximately 1 out of 5 traffic deaths in the state.
An unfortunate example of the issue occurred on January 11, 2016, when two motorcyclists in Jacksonville (a husband and wife) were killed in a motorcycle accident. The couple, who were wearing protective clothing and helmets at the time, died after an oncoming vehicle crossed the center line on State Road 19, sideswiping one of the motorcycles and hitting the other one head-on. This is just another sad demonstration of how violent motorcycle crashes can be, as it is the riders who usually bear the brunt of accident-related injuries – even when the accidents are caused by other motor vehicles.
According to the NHTSA, motorcycle deaths in the state have increased between the years of 2010 and 2012 in Florida. There were also thousands of individuals injured in motorcycle collisions in each of those years.
We understand how troublesome these numbers are. The Law Offices of David I. Fuchs has an experienced staff that can assist hurt motorcyclists or the family members of motorcyclists who were killed in an accident seek the compensation needed to assist with covering medical bills and other accident-related expenses.
Call our office today to have an attorney review the specifics of your case and discuss your rights under the law.