An Orlando man was killed when the driver of a sport utility vehicle pulled out in front of his motorcycle throwing him off his Suzuki and catapulting him over the SUV. Another motorcyclist died after one car cut him off and another ran over him. In two separate incidents, Florida motorcyclists were killed when other vehicles violated their right of way and struck them. Four motorcyclists killed this past week alone on the Florida roads – and none of them at fault.
It is a common misconception that motorcyclists are responsible for the traffic accidents they are involved in – a misconception that insurance companies use to deny claims and win cases in the courtroom. This misconception lingers despite numerous studies that show the higher rate of injury and death among motorcyclists results from a greater vulnerability to harm simply because they lack the protection of being in an enclosed vehicle.
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reports that in 2010:
- Out of the 235,461 traffic accidents that took place in the State, 3 percent involved motorcycles. This is a decrease from 4 percent in 2009.
- Motorcyclists and their passengers comprised 16 percent of all traffic fatalities.
- 5 percent of the motorcyclists who were involved in crashes were killed.
- 28 of the 793 motorcycle passengers killed were under the age of 10.
- The death rate was 11 percent higher among motorcyclists who were not wearing safety helmets.
- The death rate was 55 percent higher among motorcycle passengers who were not wearing safety helmets.
- The annual number of crashes involving motorcycles has decreased by 22 percent since 2008 – the year Florida enacted a law requiring motorcyclists to take the State’s 15 hour comprehensive basic rider’s course.
If you or someone close to you has been injured in a motorcycle crash, it is crucial to hire an experienced attorney who is knowledgeable about motorcycles, Florida roads, motorcycle laws and the way the accident statistics are often used to penalize victims. Attorney Alan Cohn is an avid rider and is committed to providing the best possible representation to his fellow motorcyclists. Contact our office or call us at (954) 522-4600 today for a consultation.
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