Motorcycle Deaths High in Florida
Did you know that Motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to die in a crash than those in a vehicle? In a recent study by the National Highway Traffic Highway Safety Administration, it was found that Florida leads the country in Motorcycle crash deaths. Florida had 606 motorcycle fatalities in 2015. The break down is by county, and Florida counties account for nine out of the first eleven spots with some Florida counties tying for spots. The numbers are as follows:
1. Miami-Dade 67
2. Hillsborough 48
3. Broward 42
4.Palm Beach 34
5. Pinellas 27
6.Lee and Orange (Tie) 26
8. Duval 23
9. Brevard and Pasco (Tie) 22
11. Polk and Volusia (Tie) 21
In a AAA survey, 80% of 200 people surveyed claimed to wear helmets while riding their motorcycle, but in another report that number looks like it’s closer to right under 50%.
This news is especially prevalent since Bike Week is underway in Florida, running from March 10-March 19 in Daytona Beach, FL. Bikers from all around the state and country drive into Daytona Beach to participate in the weeks festivities. The number of riders are expected to reach about 500,000. With such a dense population in a small area, motorcycle accidents are a huge risk.
Bike Week Safety
With Bike Week coming up quickly in Florida, it is important to review best safety practices for both riding a motorcycle and haring a road with motorcycles.Here are some important reminders for both riders and drivers:
- Eye Protection is some form is required
- If you are under 21, helmets are required. Over 21 they are highly encouraged.
- You must prove medical insurance coverage of at least $10,000.
- Motorcycles must always have a headlight on no matter the time of day.
- Motorcycles must have a side view mirror on both sides.
- Handlebars cannot be higher than the rider’s shoulders when they are seated.
- Lane Splitting (with other vehicles) is not allowed but two riders can ride side-by-side in the same lane.
- Driving at a lower speed helps decrease the risk of fatality
- Wear safety gear and protective clothing.
- Be visible.
- Make sure you have proper training and have completed a motorcycle safety course.
- Respect motorcycles and give them ample room.
- Look and listen for motorcyclists in traffic.
And to both motorcyclists and vehicle drivers, DO NOT drive distracted. Be aware of our surroundings and it will make the road a safer place for everyone.
Source: Fox 13 News