Rush hour is wreaking havoc on innocent travelers here in Boca Raton. According to Boca News Now, a motorcyclist was serious injured and transported to Delray Medical’s Trauma Center after being hit by another driver. According to accident reports, the motorcyclist was reportedly propelled over the car that hit the bike.
According to Ride Smart Florida, the growth of the state’s motorcycle enthusiasts is making motorcycle safety even more important. Florida has some of the largest groups of motorcycle advocates in the nation. With year-round sunshine, Florida serves as a rider’s paradise. And with this popularity, we also see significant accident risks. Face it — more riders means more risks for accidents.
Our motorcycle accident lawyers understand that there were more than 400 motorcyclists killed in traffic accidents in the state of Florida in 2011. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Florida is the second most dangerous state in the country for these kinds of accidents, following Texas.
Unfortunately, the South Florida area ranks among the most dangerous in the state. Factors such as population and proximity to motorcycle rallies play a role in determining the number of motorcycle crashes and fatalities. More than 90 percent of the motorcyclists who were killed in 2011 were residents of the state of Florida.
In 2011, there were close to 628,000 motorcycles registered in the state of Florida. These vehicles and drivers accounted for close to 4 percent of the state’s motoring public. During this time, motorcycle accidents, injuries and fatalities accounted for close to 20 percent of all of the recorded accidents in the state. On the other hand, helmet use in the state was less than 50 percent during the same year.
With tourist season quickly approaching, now is as good a time as ever to turn the focus on the safety of some of our most vulnerable riders. It’s important to remember that motorcyclists have the same right to the roadways as passenger-vehicle drivers.
To help to protect these travelers, make sure that you’re completely aware of your surroundings at all times. Motorcycles can oftentimes get overlooked in traffic because of their small size. Look and look again.
It’s also important to make sure that they’ve got plenty of room. Leave a little extra room between you and the back end of a motorcycle. As there are no seat belts on bikes, so riders are 100% exposed and can be immediately thrown from their seat. Even a little tap on the back can cause serious damage.
Make sure that you always allow these travelers a full lane. Always use signals to turn and be alert of oncoming motorcycles. Lastly, it’s critical that you check your blind spots when changing lanes or when making a turn in traffic. These small vehicles oftentimes get lost in these areas.
If you or someone you love has been involved in a traffic accident, contact the Hollander Law Firm at 888-751-7770 for a free and confidential consultation. There is no fee unless we win.