A study carried out by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in 2006 showed that the number of motorcycle-involved fatalities reached 4,810, a number that was double what it was ten years before. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported 88,000 motorcyclists injuries that same year. These alarming statistics motivated safety analysts to start delving deeper into whether some bikes are safer than others.
Sure, you know that moving cars are a hazard whenever you're on your motorcycle. Distracted driving is epidemic, drowsy drivers are everywhere on their daily commutes and some people are just plain terrible drivers.
When a passenger vehicle bumps the fender of another passenger vehicle in traffic or in a parking lot, it's usually summed up as nothing more than a "minor fender-bender." There may be a little property damage, but people are seldom seriously hurt.
If you've spent any time at all on a motorcycle, you're conscious of the fact that you're very vulnerable. There's no steel frame or glass windshield between you and the concrete if you're involved in a wreck with another vehicle. That's why it's always wise to be alert to the dangers that are around you -- particularly at intersections.
Allen West, the former U.S. Representative from Florida, suffered serious injuries while driving his motorcycle home from a rally in Austin, Texas.
Watching a motorcyclist get wiped out on the road is a horrific experience. What's worse: Many people never even stop to help. Maybe they're afraid of getting hurt themselves, or maybe they simply don't know what to do -- but even one Good Samaritan can make a big difference to an injured biker.
Motorcycle accidents are both serious and common. While Florida residents may choose to ride motorcycles for their commutes and travels, they should be aware that accidents involving motorcycles can be deadly. It is often the case that motorcycle accidents are not caused by motorcyclists but rather by other drivers who share the roads with motorcycles.
Not long ago, this blog discussed some of the ways that driver negligence may contribute to motorcycle accidents. Even when motorcyclists take every precaution, wear protective gear, and follow the rules of the road, they can be injured by inattentive, distracted, and even reckless drivers. Motorcycle accidents can cause serious injuries to victims and can leave them with extensive medical bills, ongoing pain, and difficulties returning to their regular lives.
Motorcycles may be a fun and efficient way to travel across the state of Florida, but they can also be a very dangerous mode of transportation. Even when a motorcyclist takes every possible safety precaution, educates themselves on how to drive in different conditions and places, and follows all of the laws of the roads, they may still suffer serious harm in a collision. That is because it is often the fault of vehicle drivers who do not pay attention to their surroundings and collide with otherwise safe riders.
A man suffered severe injuries while riding his motorcycle on Interstate 275 in the Tampa area. Ultimately, his injuries proved to be fatal. According to statements from law enforcement officers investigating the accident, the man was attempting to exit the freeway at the time of the accident. The driver of a car moved into the exit lane on the freeway, striking the motorcyclist with the vehicle's right sideview mirror.