A 19-year-old man has died from his injuries after a crash on Interstate 10 in Florida, according to the state highway patrol. The victim was reportedly riding his Suzuki sport bike and approaching an exit ramp when he swerved onto the shoulder, struck a concrete barrier and ran into a utility pole.
It’s not yet clear what caused the accident, and police reports say the victim was wearing a helmet at the time.
Sport bikes can be dangerous
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has found that high-performance motorcycles, known as sport bikes and super-sport bikes, are associated with record numbers of accidents resulting in serious injuries and fatalities across the country. There were just over 900,000 of these motorcycles registered in 2015, with more than 1,500 fatal crashes. That was a marked increase over the numbers from 2000, when there were just under 900 fatalities on these bikes.
Overall, 2015 saw a total of 4,810 deaths for riders when the IIHS included data for people operating all types of motorcycles — in addition to sport bikes and super-sport bikes.
Considering how dangerous these high-performance motorcycles can be, it’s important for all riders to wear protective gear and clothing to reduce the potential injuries they may suffer when an accident occurs. They should also be sure to avoid all traffic laws, refrain from traveling at excessive speeds and avoid dangerous maneuvers like weaving in and out of traffic lanes.
If you have been injured in a crash you believe was the result of another party’s recklessness or negligence, meet with a skilled motorcycle accident attorney at Shapiro, Goldman, Babbonni & Walsh.