What You Need to Know Before Hiring an Attorney in Florida Only 6% of drivers in Florida are motorcyclists, however, annually 18% of traffic accidents in Florida that end in deaths are on motorcycles. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) in an effort to maintain the safety of the motorcyclist, created “The Strategic Plan for the Safety of Motorcyclists (MSSP). The purpose of this Plan is to reduce motorcycle accidents, serious injuries and deaths in Florida. The MSSP has a five (5) year plan and it was published in the year 2009.
The tropical climate in Florida, beautiful beaches, magnificent roads, such as the one between Miami and Key West overlooking the sea, attract the attention of motorcyclists from all over the world. Likewise, Florida hosts several Motors events par excellence in the country.
Daytona Beach, Florida is located in Volusia County and celebrates every year the “Biketoberfest” every October and the bike week every March. These events alone attract thousands of cyclists a week from the Bike Week Events cyclist at Daytona, Deland, New Smyna and Ormond Beach. These events are full of biker games, bikinis contests, bikini motorcycle washing, concerts, exhibitions, rodeos, wrestling, lifting bars, strength competitions, but unfortunately, they are very dangerous as there are many accidents and injuries to people who attend them.
Since 2001, the number of motorcycle accidents in Florida has increased compared to other types of accidents, such as automobile accidents. Many of these motor accidents require hospitalization and prolonged treatment. Fatal injuries only occur in a small fraction of time in this type of accident. Most motorcyclist accidents require prolonged hospitalization and expensive treatments. In the State of Florida the statistics indicate that half of the motorcyclists do not have medical insurance, leaving a third without insurance or with limits for part of them or insufficient. Sometimes, medical bills, loss of wages and property damage can be astronomical, producing great consequences for injured parties and their families.
According to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), there are 6 factors that greatly influence this type of accident:
- Characteristics and skills of the driver, experience and age.
- The use of protective helmet
- Safety on the road or roads
- The use of the internet
- and the habits of watching television.
For some reason, statistically, cyclists at the age of 57 are more likely to end up in a hospital with non-fatal injuries, while cyclists at the age of 25-34 are more prone to fatal injuries. The majority of people injured in motorcycle accidents are current residents of Florida. Even though Volusia County is a cyclists’ paradise, it is statistically the most dangerous place to ride motorcycles in the State of Florida. Palm Beach, Orange County, Miami Dade County, Broward, Brevard, Duval and Hillsborough counties also have a high number of motor accidents in Florida.
Our Florida firm specializing in motorcycle accidents and related injuries strongly recommends that all motorcyclists in Florida wear protective helmets. Currently half of motorcyclists wear their helmets. In the year 2000, Florida was one of the 5 (five) States to repeal the law in the use of helmets. Statute 316.211 allows anyone over the age of 21 to drive or ride motorcycles as long as they have an insurance policy with at least $ 10,000 in medical benefits in the event of injuries in an accident.
In addition, we recommend that anyone who is a passenger on a motorcycle should not consume alcohol. Studies show that accidents in which alcohol is involved result in death.
Please do not drink if you are going to ride or drive.
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