Daytona, FL- The Sunshine State is a great place to jump on a motorcycle and ride, but it can also be a dangerous place for motorcyclists since they are 26 times more likely to be fatally wounded in an accident. Not only does the state lead in fatal motorcycle accidents but a surprising number of motorcyclists don’t carry insurance and refuse to wear helmets.
For the country as a whole, only seven percent of motorists have a motorcycle license, and yet motorcycle accidents accounted for 14 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2013, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
As for the state of Florida, fatal motorcycle crashes accounted for 19 percent of fatal accidents in 2013 data from the NHTSA shows. That amounts to 485 motorcycle deaths that year, making the state number one in fatal motorcycle crashes. Safety advocates believe the state’s helmet laws, which only require motorcyclists under the age 21, is part of the reason fatalities are so common.
In Florida, half of motorcyclists killed in traffic accidents were not wearing a helmet, NHTSA data shows.  That is often due to the fact that brain injuries are common in motorcycle accidents. Ride Smart reports that 30 percent of motorcycle accident victim suffered traumatic brain injuries, but AAA reports that 32 percent of motorcyclists in Florida don’t think they need to wear a helmet.
Karen Morgan, Public Policy Manager of AAA, said in a press release: “Since the repeal of the helmet law in Florida, motorcycle fatalities have more than doubled. While helmet usage is a controversial issue among riders – bottom line they save lives.”
Despite the fact that an accident can cause severe often debilitating injuries at least 16 percent (1 in 5) motorcyclist are uninsured, according to a recent AAA Consumer Pulse™ survey. The choice to not carry insurance costs the public an average of $1.48 million for each motorcycle fatality. Those costs, AAA says, include medical expenses, lost productivity, legal and court costs, property damage and increased insurance premiums, to name a few.
In many cases, passenger-vehicle motorists are at fault because they tend to ignore motorcyclists. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident in Tampa, Florida, USAttorneys can help you find an accident lawyer near your location to make certain you receive the compensation you need to cover your medical expenses and any other costs associated with your collision.
A motorcycle accident, a pedestrian accident or a traffic accident can be a life-changing event, and those changes are rarely for the better. Injuries incurred in a motorcycle crash are often severe and require costly medical treatment and extensive recovery periods. If you are in any accident, USAttorneys recommends you consult with and accident attorney in Florida before you speak with an insurance company or accept a settlement. You need someone to stand up for your rights and ensure you obtain the settlement you deserve.

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