Drivers should anticipate an increase in motorcycle traffic on Florida roads, as thousands of motorcyclists ride into Daytona for the 76th annual Daytona Bike Week March 10-19.
With that said, Florida has the most motorcycle crash fatalities in the nation, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
According to the most recent crash data, Florida saw a 30 percent increase in motorcycle deaths in 2015, the highest on record. Motorcyclists accounted for 20 percent of motor vehicle fatalities in the state, yet motorcycles account for only 3 percent of registered vehicles. In 2015, 606 people died and 9,045 were injured in motorcycle crashes on Florida roads.
The top counties for motorcycle fatalities are:
- Palm Beach
Motorcyclists lack the protection offered to drivers of cars and trucks. Collisions that would cause minor injuries to a car or truck driver can be fatal to motorcyclists. That is why the fatality rate for motorcyclists in accidents is six times the fatality rate for passenger vehicle occupants.
Our Florida Wrongful Death Lawyers at Whittel & Melton know how devastating it can be to lose a loved one in a motorcycle accident. We can help you file a claim to recover compensation for damages so that you are taken care of both now and in the future.
Call us today at 866-608-5529 or contact us online.