Florida is one of the leading states in the country in numbers of motorcycle accidents. Data from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles shows that in central Florida alone there have been a total of 1,237 motorcycle crashes during the first four months of 2020, and of those, 74 involved fatalities. There are many factors that contribute to motorcycle accidents including driver behavior, weather and road conditions. And certain roads in Florida are especially dangerous for bikers.
A study by the Center for Urban Transportation Research determined that most Florida motorcycle accidents in 2009 and 2010 occurred on rural roads with horizontal curves. They were the sites of 57 percent of fatal single motorcycle crashes, 36 percent of incapacitating single-motorcycle crashes, 26 percent of non-incapacitating single-motorcycle crashes and 32 percent of total single-motorcycle crashes — even though those roads accounted for only 5.75 percent of the total mileage driven by motorcyclists those years.
Another study, done by Teletrac Navman, named Interstate 4 the deadliest highway in the United States and marked Orlando the deadliest city on the highway. The figures were taken from a five-year period, from 2011 through 2015. The same Teletrac study also named Interstate 192 the third deadliest highway in America and found that Melbourne, Florida was the deadliest city on that highway.
Florida motorcycle accidents can cause serious injury and even death. The best way to avoid injuries and fatalities on any road while riding is to wear a helmet, follow traffic rules and exercise constant caution. Adequate motorcycle insurance is imperative, covering your personal medical expenses and potential lost wages in case you get into a serious accident. Some crashes are caused by other drivers who may be held liable for the harm they inflict.
Largey Law includes experienced attorneys who are motorcycle riders themselves. We understand Florida motorcycle accident issues and fight to win fair compensation for victims. To schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced lawyer, contact us online. We have offices in Tavares, Clermont and Inverness.