Motorcycle crashes cost Florida an average of $616 million annually according to the CDC.
Bradenton, FL- The streets and highways throughout Florida can be dangerous for all road users whether they are in a car, riding a bike or a motorcycle or just walking. Anyone on the road is vulnerable, but motorcyclists are one group of road users who face a high risk of being injured or killed in a Florida traffic accident. Sadly, the Sunshine State leads in fatal motorcycle crashes.
One Man Dead in Bradenton Motorcycle Accident
Florida Highway Patrol reports that a 55-year-old Bradenton man died Saturday morning when his motorcycle crashed into a boat being towed by a large pickup. The Bradenton Herald reports that the crash occurred around 1:10 a.m. crash on U.S. 41 in Hillsborough County.
FHP told the newspaper that the deceased man was traveling north behind a Ford truck hauling a boat. The driver pulling the boat slowed to make a U-turn when the motorcyclist slammed into the rear of the watercraft. The motorcyclist was ejected from the bike and pronounced dead at the scene.
The motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet, the Bradenton Patch reports.
The crash is still under investigation, and possible charges are pending.
Biggest Dangers for Motorcyclists in Florida
Traffic crashes happen for a long list of reasons. Sometimes road conditions or inclement weather make a road treacherous and difficult to navigate. But most motorcycle or traffic collisions are caused by driver error on the part of the person driving the car or a motorcyclist or both.
Drivers of passenger autos pose a significant danger to motorcyclists because they are unaware of their presence. Motorcycles have a smaller profile than a cars, SUVs or trucks, so they are overlooked by motorists. Drivers turn into the path of motorcyclists, rear end a motorcycle or come over into their lane. In a car, those actions would typically result in a minor accident and no injuries, but for bikers, they can be deadly.
Not Wearing a Helmet
Motorcyclists in Florida are not required to wear a helmet unless they are under age 20. So, many motorcyclists in the state choose not to wear any protection for their head, a decision that can be fatal in a wreck. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that approximately 40 percent of motorcyclists who died in crashes between 2013 and 2015 were not wearing a helmet.
Costs of Traffic Crashes in Florida
Traffic accidents involving cyclists, motorists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians cost the state of Florida millions every year, according to the Center for Disease Control. The annual cost of motorcycle crashes in Florida is $616 million, which exceeds the $527 million annual cost of car accidents.
Speak to an Accident Lawyer in Bradenton
Statewide, the costs of motorcycle crashes are exorbitant, but they only account for a fraction of accidents in Florida. That means motorcycle accident victims incur severe injuries which are incredibly costly. Many motorcyclists suffer permanent injuries that make them unable to work in the short term or the long-term.
USAttorneys recommends you contact personal injury law firm Probinsky & Associates in Bradenton and were injured in a traffic wreck. They have a devoted team of accident lawyers who will listen to your concerns, answer your questions and decide how they can serve your legal needs best. You can reach their office in Bradenton by calling 1-813-817- 1197. You can also visit their website to learn more about their top-notch legal team.