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Why does Florida have so many motorcycle deaths?

On Behalf of | Jun 11, 2024 | Motorcycle Accidents |

Florida is known for its beautiful scenery, nice weather and many outdoor attractions and activities. Unfortunately, it is also known for its high number of motorcycle fatalities.

In fact, Florida topped the list of states with the most motorcycle fatalities in 2022. According to the National Safety Council, Florida had 668 motorcycle deaths that year, slightly higher than California at 634.

This is a scary statistic if you are a motorcycle rider in Florida. You probably already know that in an accident, you are the one to suffer the most serious injuries, compared with the driver of a motor vehicle.

There is no single answer as to why Florida has such a high number of motorcycle deaths, but there are several factors that contribute to the number.

Potential reasons for motorcycle fatalities

Florida is home to events featuring motorcycles, such as Daytona Beach Bike Week. This means at certain times that there is probably a high number of motorcycles on the roads, between Florida residents and tourists coming to the state for vacation or a motorcycle event such as bike week.

Although Florida is known for its nice weather, the weather here is also unpredictable. Rainstorms suddenly pop up at almost any time and hurricane season brings a whole new set of weather-related challenges. These can contribute to serious motorcycle accidents.

Additionally, motorcycling may simply be more enjoyable in a place such as Florida. There are many long stretches of open roads and major highways. Many of these roads offer beautiful views, which could increase the chance of distracted driving.

Along with a high number of motorcycles, Florida has a large elderly population. This means there is an increased number of elderly drivers, who might be more susceptible to distracted or negligent driving, especially if they do not see motorcyclists on the road.

Protecting yourself on your motorcycle

You might be rethinking your decision to take your motorcycle out on Florida’s roads, but taking precautions can help keep you safe on your motorcycle.

Always wear a helmet and gear designed for safety, such as a face shield, boots with nonskid soles and reflective tape on your clothing.

Do not speed and keep a safe distance from other vehicles, especially trucks. Pay attention to your location on the road to make sure you are not in another vehicle’s blind spot.

Keep your motorcycle properly maintained. Check it before you take it out on the road. Never drive while distracted or intoxicated.

Proving negligence after a motorcycle accident

Being the victim of a motorcycle accident can mean a long road to recovery. If another driver’s negligence caused your accident, compensation can help cover medical costs and other expenses.

However, the other driver may claim that you were negligent or caused the accident yourself. Knowing how to challenge these claims and prove the other driver’s negligence is important because Florida uses a modified comparative negligence legal standard.

This means if you are found to be 50% or more negligent you cannot recover any compensation at all. This could mean financial ruin and affect you for the rest of your life, particularly if your injuries prevent you from returning to work. You must present the strongest possible case for negligence.


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