Florida is one of the favorite states for motorcycle enthusiasts. A growing population throughout the state and an ever-increasing number of motorcyclists means that motorcycle safety is also an issue that is growing in importance for the state.
Auto and motorcycle crashes have risen sharply throughout the state in recent years. Here are some statistics on motorcycle accidents in Florida that are certain to prove the importance of riding smart:
- Injuries and fatalities in motorcycle accidents. Far more people are killed or injured in motorcycle accidents in Florida than in regular auto accidents, and the rate of those fatalities and injuries is increasing. Motorcycle injuries have increased by 50 percent since 2001, and fatalities by 90 percent within the last decade. This is compared to 20 percent reductions for fatalities and 10 percent reductions for injuries in car accidents. Overall, motorcycle accidents account for 19.2 percent of all traffic fatalities.
- Factors leading to motorcycle accidents. Men ages 25 to 34 are the demographic most likely to be in a motorcycle accident, followed closely by men ages 45 to 54. In 2011, 26 percent of all motorcycle fatalities involved impaired drivers with a BAC above .08. Accidents most commonly occur in spring months on weekends. Miami-Dade leads all counties in motorcycle fatalities.
- Nature of injuries suffered. As of 2010, about 29 percent of all fatalities in motorcycle accidents were the result of a traumatic brain injury. But as of 2011, less than half (49.3 percent) of all motorcyclists were wearing helmets.
If you are a motorcyclist, you are likely well aware of the dangers you face on the road. Make sure that you do your part to stay safe and visible. If you do get into a crash and believe it was the fault of a negligent driver, speak with a Bradenton motorcycle accident lawyer at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh.