According to data from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, the number of motorcycle deaths taking place in the state rose 18% in 2011 after three years in a row of dramatic declines. This percentage is expected to go up again for 2012.
In South Florida, please contact our Miami motorcycle accident lawyers at Trop & Ameen, PA to request your free case evaluation. We also handle injury cases involving Florida truck crashes, car accidents, bus collisions, pedestrian incidents, and other types of motor vehicle accidents.
2011 Florida Traffic Facts:
• Broward County motorcycle deaths were up 80% at 38 fatalities from 21deaths the year before.
• Miami-Dade County motorcycle crash fatalities rose 16% from 30 to 35 deaths.
• Palm Beach motorcyclist deaths, however, did see a slight decline from 23 to 19 fatalities.
While young riders have generally been the ones most likely to be involved in a Florida motorcycle accident, there was a notable increase in older motorcyclist deaths last year.
One reason for this is that more Baby boomers are retiring and getting on bikes either for the first time or to resume a passion from their youth. Also, as a rider ages, his/her reflexes may become slower while vision may deteriorate.
• Between ’05 and ’09, riders in the 45-54 age group made up 17% of motorcycle deaths. Compare that to ’09-’11 when they comprised nearly 20%.
• Motorcyclists belonging to the 55 to 64 age group made up 16.6% of Florida motorcycle deaths in ’09-’11, up from 10.3%.
That said, younger riders are still at risk of getting seriously hurt in a motorcycle accident.
Common causes of South Florida motorcycle collisions include:
• Rider inexperience
• Unnecessary risk taking
• Poor rider skills
• Inadequate helmet use
Motorcyclists are at risk of serious injuries, including traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and death. You want to work with an experienced Hollywood, Florida motorcycle crash law firm that knows how to obtain your recovery for medical costs, rehabilitation, and other expenses you might accrue as a result of the other party’s negligence.
Sometimes the responsible party might be another motorist, the motorcycle manufacturer, or a maintenance company that did a poor repair or installation job. If your Coral Springs motorcycle crash happened because the road was unsafe or defective, you may be able to pursue damages from the state or a local entity depending on who is tasked with supervising/maintaining that area. There may even be more than one liability party. Also, even if you were partially at fault, this does not mean you still aren’t entitled to some recovery.
Motorcycle deaths up among older bikers, Sun-Sentinel, December 2, 2012
Motorcycles, 2010 Data Traffic Safety Facts, NHTSA (PDF)
More Blog Posts:
Florida Supreme Court Rules on 2005 Palm Beach County Car Accident Lawsuit to Find that Second Driver in a Rear-End Crash Isn’t Always the Only One At Fault, Florida Injury Attorney Blog, November 23, 2012
Driver Charged in Boca Raton Motorcycle Accident Death, Florida Injury Attorney Blog, October 27, 2011
South Florida Motorcycle Accident on I-595 Injures Four, Florida Injury Attorney Blog, May 3, 2010