A series of recent motorcycle accidents is a reminder of Florida’s high rate of injuries and deaths from such crashes.
In Miami, a fatal motorcycle crash closed multiple lanes of I-95. A Punta Gorda man was killed in a motorcycle accident on I-75. In Boynton Beach, four motorcyclists died in crashes in a two-week period in early April.
The string of crashes is a reminder that Florida is a dangerous place for motorcyclists. In fact, the Sunshine State leads the nation in motorcycle fatalities, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Daytona’s Bike Week makes Fort Lauderdale a popular location for motorcyclists, and the repeal of the state’s helmet law has led to an increase in fatalities. According to Karen Morgan, Public Policy Manager for AAA, motorcycle deaths have more than doubled since the helmet law was repealed. Statistics show that 86 percent of bike riders wear a helmet when riding.
According to AAA, 19 percent of all vehicle fatalities in Florida involve a motorcycle, although motorcyclists represent only 7 percent of licensed motorists. A recent survey by AAA indicated that about 16 percent of motorcyclists do not have insurance.
Car drivers should be aware of motorcyclists, and bikers should do everything possible to make themselves visible to other vehicles. Anyone who has been injured or lost a loved one in an accident caused by another driver should call Chalik & Chalik Law Offices for a free consultation.