Motorcycle Fatalities: Is Florida’s Year-Round Good Weather to Blame?

Overall, Florida has so much going for it as a state—evidenced by the millions of tourists who flock to the south for a wide range of different attractions, as well as so many who decide to retire there–but it is also becoming infamous for traffic problems and motorcycle fatalities. We’ve got some of the most famous amusement parks in the world, along with the best boating, fishing, and access to protected areas like the Everglades. Great restaurants, shopping, and world-class beaches abound.

Along with the continual influx of people visiting comes high volumes of traffic, which means increased accidents—and fatalities—whether they are car accidents, motorcycle crashes, or pedestrian or bicycle accidents. Unfortunately, such incidents just continue to rise in all areas, meaning that drivers must be more careful than ever on the roads. Motorcyclists must be incredibly defensive while traveling, no matter where they are, but with accidents (and deaths) continuing to trend upward, they must be even more diligent about watching out for what can be their greatest threat on the roads today: motorists.

The motorcyclist is much more vulnerable in traffic, traveling on what is usually a fairly lightweight vehicle in comparison to the average car. After a collision, broken legs and trauma to other limbs are common, along with traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, and more. In an effort to curb accidents and deaths, experts continue to investigate why there would be an increase—especially with better safety devices in cars today and so much more public knowledge about the dangers of distracted and drunken driving, speeding, and other reckless behaviors.

And while all those behaviors still continue to top the list for the reasons why accidents continue to occur and increase, other more difficult-to-curb factors may be to blame. As the population of Florida continues to grow, there are more motorists on the road and that leads to more problems; however, the outdoorsy nature of Florida’s residents and visitors—combined with the famously good weather of the Sunshine State—means there is more time to be spent on the roads during the day and night. Even if it may not be sunny all the time, the subtropical climate is enticing to those who enjoy motorcycling and other outdoor activities.

If you are a motorcyclist, no matter the state, always be sure that you are visible to others on the road. Shift in lanes appropriately so you avoid getting into blind spots and make eye contact with motorists making left turns at intersections whenever possible. Always be alert, and wary of other drivers.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, due to the negligence of another driver, contact the attorneys at Heintz & Becker. We’ve helped victims from Bradenton, Sarasota, and all over Florida get compensation for their damages and medical expenses after accidents. Call us for a free consultation now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help!

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