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Motorcycle Accidents Continue to Plague Florida

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At approximately 3:00 a.m. on January 1st one of the first motorcycle accidents of 2017 occurred in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The accident took place after two South Florida men decided that a motorcycle race was the perfect way to celebrate the beginning of a new year. Detectives believe the men lost control of their motorcycles before crashing into a wall. Both men were transported to the hospital and one later died of his injuries driving home the fact that the number of serious, often life-threatening, motorcycle accidents continue to plague Florida.

Florida Single Vehicle Motorcycle Accidents

Since 2013 number of motorcycle accidents have fluctuated slightly throughout the country, but in Florida the number of motorcycle accidents and motorcycle related fatalities have remained noticeably high. In March of 2016 Florida officially became the state with the highest number of motorcycle fatalities in the nation. Researchers believe the growing popularity of motorcycles due to their low gas consumption is partially responsible for the consistent number of motorcycle accidents. Florida in particular has experienced a growth in motorcycle operators along with a growth in single vehicle motorcycle accidents.

Approximately 50 percent of all motorcycle accidents in Florida involve only one vehicle and one operator. Motorcycle drivers who are operating their vehicle in inclement weather often lose control on slick roads and crash. Even during clear weather it is possible for a motorcycle to spin out of control during a sharp turn or on an unmaintained roadway. In 40 percent of single vehicle motorcycle accidents the driver is found to be under the influence of alcohol.

Florida Motorcycle Accident Causes

Distracted drivers and increased traffic have also been cited as reasons for the alarming rise in Florida motorcycle accidents. Drivers who are operating a motor vehicle while texting, navigating using a GPS, or speaking on their telephone are not focusing their full attention on driving. When a driver is distracted or otherwise impaired their chances of being in an accident increase. These drivers present a significant danger to motorcycle drivers who are more likely to be severely injured or killed in an accident with a larger vehicle.

Drivers who are paying attention still run the risk of inadvertently causing an accident with a motorcycle to occur. Motorcycles are significantly smaller than the average motor vehicle presenting a less noticeable profile. This smaller size makes it harder for drivers to notice and react to the presence of a motorcycle on the road. The majority of motorcycle accidents involving two cars occur when a motor vehicle makes a left turn directly in front of a motorcycle. When asked, drivers of the larger vehicle often state that they simply did not see the motorcycle coming.

Contact an Attorney

If you or someone you love was involved in a motorcycle accident, the Mander Law Group can help. Our attorneys can provide you with the assistance you need during this difficult time. With offices conveniently located in Dade City and Zephyrhills, we are able to provide you with a free consultation to discuss your unique situation. Call Mander Law Group today at 813-948-1422 (Zephyrhills office) or 352-567-0411 (Dade City office) to schedule your appointment.

Resources:

miamiherald.com/news/local/community/broward/article124523149.html

tbo.com/news/traffic/deadly-ride-florida-leads-nation-in-motorcycle-fatalities-20160313/

huffingtonpost.com/stephanie-r-caudle/florida-motorcycle-fatala_b_9417628.html

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