In 2018, the number of motorcycle crashes fell 5% to 4,985. In 2017, 28% of the motorcyclists who were killed in an accident were intoxicated. A sobering statistic is that only 29% of all motorcyclists were not wearing a DOT-compliant helmet in 2018. In Florida, laws require that motorcycle operators and passengers under the age of 21 to always wear a helmet.
And yet, unlike other vehicles, which are required to have PIP coverage, motorcycles are not required to have this insurance coverage and motorcyclists are supposed to drive in the same lane as cars, according to Florida law.
The Miami Herald reports that a motorcycle crash left one person dead in Broward County.
The accident occurred on Tuesday in Pembroke Pines at about 3:00 a.m. in the eastbound lanes of Sheridan Street at 172nd Avenue.
A 22-year-old resident of Pembroke Pines was heading east on a 2017 Yamaha motorcycle. He collided with another motorcycle that was sharing the roadway. Both drivers were ejected from their vehicles.
The investigation into the accident caused the roadway to be shut down for nearly five hours as police searched the area for evidence. Investigators are still looking for answers before bringing forward legal charges.
The 22-year-old driver was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The other motorcyclist, a 19-year-old, suffered from serious injuries and taken to Memorial Regional Hospital. The motorcyclist is expected to recover.
Investigators are in the process of determining if the 19-year-old will be facing charges in the accident.