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Motorcycling is serious business here in the state of Florida.  Our riders take it very seriously, and the motorcyclists who venture to the Sunshine State do as well.  Unfortunately, the number of people killed in motorcycle accidents in the state is on the rise, according to The Tampa Tribune.

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Florida continues to rank high in the number of motorcyclist fatalities.  One study shows that there were close to 300 deadly motorcycle accidents during the first nine months of 2012.

Our motorcycle accident lawyers understand that these risks are only going to increase.  Quickly approaching is Daytona Beach Bike Week, when 500,000 people rally to the area for the 10-day event.  It’s the best-known biker rally in the nation and one of the longest.  Bike Week events span throughout the state.  With concerts, racing, street festivals and parties, we can expect our motorcycling population to increase throughout the next few months.  While much of the U.S. is covered in snow and other icy weather conditions, two-wheeled travelers venture south for the sunshine and our breezy roadways.  Law enforcement for Bike Week is provided by the Daytona Beach Police Department and the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, but is in reality a statewide effort that is not effective without the safe driving habits and education of riders from across the country.

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.

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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.

May 13, 2013

The month of May is Motorcycle Safety Month.

The truth of the matter is that motorcyclists are much more vulnerable to crashes than other drivers. Many accidents happen because motorcycles are hidden in a vehicle’s blind spot. It is important that motorists always make a visual check for motorcyclists by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic.
Our Fort Myers motorcycle accident lawyers understand that there were close to 450 motorcyclists killed in traffic accidents in the state of Florida in 2011. According to the latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), we were ranked as the second most dangerous state in the country for these kinds of accidents, only falling behind the state of Texas.

It’s time for one of largest motorcycle gatherings in the U.S. Of course we’re talking about Daytona Beach Bike Week. This event attracts about 500,000 people from across the country — most of them on motorcycles. The event consists of festivals, bike raffles, races and parties galore. It also comes with a significant increase in the risks for motorcycle accidents throughout South Florida during most of March.

Our West Palm Beach motorcycle accident attorneys understand that motorcycle accidents are a year round concern here in the Sunshine State. Just a week ago we saw two motorcyclists sent to St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, according to The Palm Beach Post. With Daytona Beach Bike Week, officials know that accidents will be more common. When were near holidays and motorcycle events, we see an increase in riders out there. More riders means that we see higher accident risks.

According to USA TODAY, we should be most worried about our older motorcyclists. Although accidents are more common among younger bikers, injuries among older bikers tend to be more severe.

The entire month of May has been designated as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and safety advocates across the nation are using this time to help raise awareness about our two-wheeled friends, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Motorcyclists face some of the steepest risks for fatal accidents in Boca Raton and elsewhere. These travelers are oftentimes overlooked by passenger-vehicle drivers and are put in some risky situations. Florida provides perfect riding weather year round and brings motorcyclists from around the nation. With these conditions, Florida has continuously been ranked as the most dangerous state in the country for these kinds of accidents. Drivers beware.

Our Boca Raton motorcycle accident attorneys understand that Florida is the most dangerous state in the country for these types of accidents, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). We’re asking all passenger vehicle drivers to keep an eye out for these vulnerable motorists. Be sure to look twice before making a maneuver in traffic. That extra second can help to prevent a death. Do you part to make our roadways safer and vow to be a more cautious and alert driver.

As we recently reported on our South Florida Injury Lawyer Blog, we are in the heart of Daytona Beach Bike Week 2012. This year’s event marks the 71st Anniversary of the event and this year it’s taking place from the 9th through the 18th of March.

Our Boca Raton motorcycle accident lawyers would like to warn motorists around the state about the increase in motorcycle traffic we’re seeing on our roadways. While many drivers fail to recognize the vulnerability of these drivers, we’re asking all motorists to treat these two-wheeled motorists just like any other vehicle on our roadways. These small vehicles have the same rights to our roadways as you and I. Remember to be cautious and courteous around these travelers, especially during Bike Week when thousands and thousands of bikers from across the country venture to the Sunshine State for the big event.

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As we recently reported on our South Florida Injury Lawyer Blog, a young motorcyclist was killed in an accident on Route 7. The biker was hit as he was making a U-turn and was stuck by the vehicle of an oncoming motorist. Unfortunately, accidents like this are not uncommon — typically because motorcyclists are overlooked by passenger-vehicle drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Florida was ranked as the second most dangerous state in the country in 2009 for motorcycle accidents — Texas was most dangerous.

More than 385 motorcycle drivers were killed during the year in the state of Florida.

Our Boca Raton motorcycle accident lawyers would like to warn drivers in the state about the increase in motorcyclists we can expect to see on our roadways in the next few weeks. This year’s Daytona Beach Bike Week will be taking place from March 9th through March 18th. This event marks the 71st anniversary of the “World’s Largest Motorcycle Event” and hundreds of thousands of bikers from across the country are expected to be in Florida to join the festivities.

A recent motorcycle accident in Boca Raton killed a 21-year-old rider. The accident happened at the intersection of South Central Park Boulevard and State Road 7. According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, the motorcyclist was making a U-turn at the intersection when he was struck by an oncoming motorist.

According to Boca News Now, the motorcyclist was thrown off of his motorcycle in the collision and landed on the east shoulder of the roadway. The vehicle of the man who struck the motorcyclist was hit by another car. Then a third passenger car was hit at the intersection. All of the vehicles came to rest in the center lane of State Road 7. As of yet, none of the drivers are facing any charges.

We talk about it all the time — the dangers of riding a motorcycle in the state of Florida. Risks for motorcycle accidents in Boca Raton and elsewhere in the state are some of the highest in the country because of the beautiful weather our state provides us with all year. Every day is motorcycle season in the Sunshine State. These risks are also elevated because of the heavy presence of tourists and motorists who are unfamiliar with the roadways.

A Broward County motorcycle accident seriously injured a Boca Raton man and three others after the riders were struck by a car merging onto I-95 over the weekend, CBS4 reported.

As we reported this month on our South Florida Injury Lawyer Blog, Florida is one of the deadliest states in the nation for motorcycle accidents. Fatal Florida motorcycle accidents have been increasing steadily, from 432 in 2004 to 556 in 2008, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The 34-year-old driver merged her 2009 Kia into three motorcycles while attempting to enter the highway. Two riders, a 41-year-old Pompano Beach man and a 33-year-old Boca Raton rider, were seriously injured after being thrown from their bikes. A third rider and passenger suffered minor injuries.

Fatal motorcycle accidents are expected to have declined in 2009 for the first time in more than a decade, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association.

California and Florida, the two deadliest states in the nation for motorcycle riders, are expected to see declines of 29 percent and 27 percent, respectively. The economic downturn, and fewer riders, is being cited as a primary reason for the reduction in fatal crashes.

“Clearly the economy played a large role in motorcycle deaths declining in 2009,” said
Association Chairman Vernon Betkey. “Less disposable income translates into fewer leisure riders, and we suspect that the trend of inexperienced baby boomers buying bikes may have subsided.”

Authorities also believe a better focus on safety by states combating the decade-long increase in fatal accidents has contributed to the reduction.

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