According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, in 2017, there were 5,172 motorcycle fatalities. This accounts for 14% of all motor vehicle deaths in 2017 and was double the number of fatalities in 1997. 31% of motorcycle drivers who were killed in 2017 were operating the vehicle without a valid driver’s license. 91% of those killed were males. Fifty-nine percent of females who were killed in motorcycle crashes were passengers. Helmets were used in the majority of the fatalities, with 61% of the fatalities wearing helmets at the time of the crash. In states with no helmet laws, only 31% of those killed were wearing helmets.
helmet laws, only 31% of those killed were wearing helmets. that a former Dothan firefighter was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash.
On Monday night, retired City of Dothan firefighter Jason Davis was critically injured in a motorcycle accident in Panama City, Florida.
48-year-old Davis was driving a 2005 Harley Davidson Motorcycle on County Road 392.
27-year-old Dylan Godwin was driving a 2015 Nissan Frontier attempting to travel northbound from the Ms. Newby’s parking lot across the eastbound lanes. He failed to yield to Davis, causing the front left side of the Frontier to collide with Davis’ motorcycle.
Godwin’s vehicle continued northbound and traveled across the westbound lanes of County Road 392 onto the shoulder of the road. The vehicle collided with a chain link fence before coming to a stop.
Davis’ motorcycle overturned and rolled onto its right side. Davis was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.
Neither Godwin nor his passenger was injured in the accident. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, alcohol was not a factor in the crash.