Motorcycle accidents a winter risk in West Palm Beach, Boca Raton

Our Boca Raton injury lawyers know that for Florida motorcycle enthusiasts it’s always a good time of year to be riding. With that in mind, an early evening wreck between a car a motorcycle along U.S. 41 last week is a grim reminder that when motorcycles and passenger cars mix, it is often with tragic results.

A 40-year-old Naples man spent two days in critical condition at Lee Memorial Hospital before succumbing to his injuries Thursday morning. A 30-year-old woman driving a 2007 Toyota Yaris failed to yield at the Abiaka Way intersection and struck the victim last Saturday, the Naples News reports.

Upon impact, the motorcyclist was ejected from his bike and landed in the intersection. He was not wearing a helmet. The driver of the Toyota, along with a 4-year-old passenger, were transported to Naples Community Hospital where they were treated for minor injuries and released.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reports that between 2008 and 2009 there was a 25 percent drop in the number of motorcyclists killed on Florida roads, from 502 in 2008 to 376 in 2009. Still, in 2009, motorcycle fatalities represented 15.7 percent of all Florida traffic-related deaths, making the state one of the nation’s most dangerous for riders.

The number of Florida motorcyclists injured in crashes also fell by 12.7 percent from 8,519 in 2009 to 7,435 in 2008. Florida motorcycle passengers also saw, on average, a 13 percent drop in fatalities and injuries caused by a motorcycle-involved Florida car accident.

Overall, the number of motorcycle crashes statewide fell by more than 1,300 – from 9,618 in 2008 to 8,313 in 2009.

Over the last decade the number of motorcycle-linked fatal Florida car accidents steadily climbed, from 252 deaths in 2001 to a peak number of 521 in 2006. Since 2006, the number of motorcycle fatalities has dropped. The number of injures also saw explosive increases since 2000. In 2009, the number of motorcyclists injured in Florida car accidents fell by more than 1,000, reaching the lowest number since 2005.

In 2009, 367 men and 9 women were killed Florida motorcycle accidents. As the economy improves, let’s all do our part to ensure the number of serious and fatal accidents continues to decline.

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