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Florida Motorcyclists Take Note: Our Roads are the Most Dangerous
Due to the obvious lack of bodily protection on a motorcycle, motorcyclists have every reason to be concerned for their safety in general. However, a recent report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) should have Florida motorcyclists even more concerned. According to the NHTSA, Florida is the most dangerous place for motorcyclists in the country. The latest reports show that there were 606 motorcycle crash fatalities in 2015, which is a 30% increase from 2014. Within the state, the top five most dangerous counties for motorcyclists are: Miami-Dade, Hillsborough, Broward, Palm Beach and Pinellas.
There are a number of potential reasons for the abnormally high number of motorcycle accidents across the state. Some argue that Florida’s high number of motorcycle riders skews the numbers. However, that seems to remove blame from other drivers on the road. Ultimately, a crash with any kind of vehicle is more likely to take place when some form of distracted driving is at play.
Motorcyclists and Motorists Can Help Prevent Collisions
First and foremost, motorcyclists should wear necessary protective safety gear, especially a helmet. Although 83% of riders report wearing a helmet, the NHTSA reported riders actually wore helmets only 47% of the time. A helmet is vital in protecting the skull in a collision. It's also important for motorcyclists to be as visible as possible (using headlights/taillights, wearing bright or reflective clothing) and avoid blind spots of other vehicles. Good judgment is also key in preventing accidents - don't weave between lanes, stick to the speed limit, and do not drive distracted.
Preventative measures do not apply just to motorcyclists. Automobile drivers must respect the rights of motorcyclists to share the road and not follow too closely. No matter what, don't drive a car distracted (eating, texting, handling a cell phone, fiddling with navigation controls). Taking your eyes off the road for only two seconds doubles your risk of getting into a crash. Each and every time you get behind the wheel, make a commitment to drive with respect and concern for your fellow motorists. If there is inclement weather, allow more time to get to your destination.
Even with the most cautious driving, accidents can and will happen. If you are injured in an accident, then a Tampa car accident lawyer on our team is here to help. Our team has decades of experience handling automobile, truck, and motorcycle accident claims. If you have questions, we have answers. Do not hesitate to contact us for a free consultation about your legal rights.