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Rise in Motorcycle Fatalities

Posted by blog on July 9th, 2012.

Miami Motorcycle fatalities

What is Causing the Rise in Motorcycle Fatalities in South Florida

With the gorgeous weather year-round in Florida, many people choose to ride motorcycles. Unfortunately, the number of accidents involving motorcycles has increased recently, and numerous injuries and even motorcycle fatalities occur each year involving motorcycles. If you have been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, you need to contact a Miami personal injury lawyer.

In the state of Florida, there are almost 4,000 accidents each year involving motorcycles. On average, between 350 and 400 people are killed while riding motorcycles. Motorcycle fatalities account for almost up to 17 percent of Florida traffic fatalities. The median age of drivers involved in motorcycle fatalities in Florida is around 40 years old, and the most fatalities occur in males ages 45-54.

Almost 95 percent of all motorcycle fatalities in Florida are residents of the state. There are close to 600,000 registered motorcycles in the state, and less than 50 percent of motorcyclists wear helmets, so many brain injuries occur while riding a motorcycle.

One type of accident that could occur while riding a motorcycle is a rear-end collision. When this happens, you could be thrown off the motorcycle, resulting in injuries. You could then have the right to receive compensation for the injuries that occurred.

While riding a motorcycle, you could have a head-on-collision with another driver who is not paying attention to the road. A head-on-collision could result in serious injuries and possibly even death. If you survive the crash, you could have broken bones, lost limbs or a serious head injury. The person who hit you should be held accountable, so you need to seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.

Types of motorcycle injuries include broken bones, internal injuries or brain trauma. Broken bones can occur when you are thrown from the vehicle or it lands on top of you. Brain injuries can very serious and can have an impact on your life for years to come. If you have internal damage, surgery will be required, and the recovery time will be long and hard.

To decrease the chances of being injured in a motorcycle accident, always wear a helmet. In Florida, riders under the age of 21 are required to wear a helmet; however, it is wise for all riders to wear helmets. In addition, to reduce the chances of having a motorcycle accident, always be diligent and pay attention to other drivers.

If you are hurt in a motorcycle accident at no fault of your own, a personal injury lawyer in Miami can help get compensation. An attorney can help alleviate the stress that occurs after an accident.

When you suffer serious or catastrophic injuries due to someone else’s negligence, contacting our law firm at the outset is essential to preserve your rights and achieve the best results for you. Call us at (305) 448-7333 for immediate assistance. There is no charge for a case evaluation.