Florida’s sunshine, tourist attractions, theme parks and an array of annual events draw millions of visitors to our state year-round. One type of annual event Florida is known for is the many motorcycle events that occur throughout the year, including the Poker Run in Coconut Creek. Thousands of motorcycle riders participate in these events all around Florida.
The combination of residents and visitors in Florida, along with large scale motorcycle events, means busier roadways and an increased risk for motorcycle accidents. If you or a loved one has been in a motorcycle accident, contact our Coral Springs Motorcycle Accident Lawyer for a free consultation toll-free at 1-877-853-7466.
According to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties had some of the highest number of motorcycle accident deaths in Florida in 2009. Statistics show that, in Florida, the amount of motorcycle accidents and injuries increased significantly from the late 1990s through 2008. For example, in 1997 there were a total of 4,478 motorcycle accidents in Florida, resulting in 3,930 injuries. In 2008, 9,618 motorcycle crashes took place, with 8,519 injuries. In 2009, however, there was a 13.6 percent decrease in motorcycle accidents and a 12.7 percent decrease in the number of injuries. For more information, visit ridesmartflorida.com.
According to FDOT, two of the contributing factors for the decrease in motorcycle accidents and injuries in 2009 were Florida’s Motorcycle Safety Coalition and new laws for rider training that were actualized in 2008.
The Florida Motorcycle Safety Coalition works with the FDOT’s Motorcycle Safety Program to decrease the number of deaths and serious injuries to motorcyclists and passengers.
Florida’s new rider training laws went into effect in July 2008. Under the new laws, new riders are required to pass the Florida Rider Training Program’s Basic Rider Course. To learn more, please visit the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle’s Florida Rider Training Program website, a great resource for information on motorcycle safety.
It is important for motorcycle riders to study and practice road safety, as motorcycle accidents are widely known to be more dangerous than other types of motor vehicle accidents and in many cases can lead to catastrophic injuries or death. Studies show that 80 percent of motorcycle accidents result in injury or death to motorcyclists, compared to 20 percent of car accidents resulting in injury or death to car drivers and passengers.
Some of the dangers that riders and their passengers face include:
If you or a family member has been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be wondering what your next step should be, and where to go for help. Motorcycle accidents tend to be complex cases and should be handled with the help of an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer. A personal injury attorney with experience handling motorcycle accidents will begin the investigation process and explore issues pertaining to liability (fault), negligence, dealing with the insurance companies, damages, and seeking ways to obtain the best possible financial recovery that you may be entitled to for your case.
Contact the Coral Springs Motorcycle Accident Lawyer at Law Offices Cytryn & Velazquez today for a free case evaluation at 954-255-7000 or toll-free at 1-877-853-7466. Our attorneys will answer your concerns and protect your rights throughout the legal process.