According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, Florida led the nation in motorcycle accidents in both 2016 and 2017. Florida’s open-air, waterfront roads can be appealing to motorcyclists, but several factors contribute to why motorcyclists are more likely to be in a serious accident on Florida’s roads.
If you or a loved one was injured because of a motorcycle accident in Windermere, then our Windermere personal injury lawyers can assist you with any legal action that you bring. Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine today for a free consultation.
The Perils of Florida’s Roads Cause More Motorcycle Accidents
Between April 2010 and July 2019, Florida’s population grew 14.2 percent, as reported by the United States Census Bureau. Florida’s official tourism marketing corporation, Visit Florida, announced the state set a record with 112.3 million out-of-town visitors in 2016.
Population growth and an annual influx of visitors tend to crowd Florida’s roads. Road congestion can make the roadways dangerous for motorcyclists, who can be easily lost in the shuffle of vehicles, and may lead to:
- Aggressive driving or road rage
- More blind spots, which leaves motorcyclists vulnerable to accidents
- More traffic, which statistically may increase the odds of an accident
- Confusion on roadways due to heavy traffic
Each of these factors could be direct threats to motorcyclists’ health, especially if drivers of trucks, commercial vehicles, and cars do not take the necessary care to spot and avoid motorcyclists. If you or your loved one was the victim of motorist negligence, call our Windermere motorcycle accident lawyer team at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine today.
Drivers’ Responsibilities to Motorcyclists
Motorcycles lack the fundamental protections of motor vehicles, such as:
- Metal frames
The lack of protection means that motorcyclists are at a much greater risk of being seriously injured or dying when they collide with another vehicle. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists die in traffic accidents at a rate 16 times greater than those in passenger vehicles.
To avoid causing serious injury or death to motorcyclists, other motorists must:
- Check their blind spots thoroughly
- Drive with defensiveness and caution
- Thoroughly check intersections before proceeding
- Understand that motorcycles can be more difficult to see
- Maintain a safe distance at all times
If a motorist fails to drive with caution around a motorcyclist or takes other dangerous actions toward one, they might be held liable for the injuries and related losses.
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