Florida Motorcycle Accident Statistics

While Florida is an attractive destination for many travelers, it is especially popular with motorcyclists. Sunny days tend to make more people be outdoors in many ways. However, while Florida has many sunny days, there are also many rainy days in the Spring and Summer months. An unexpected change in weather can be a concern for all motorists but especially for those on a motorcycle cruise. Other states typically have much colder weather than Florida, making Florida the ultimate destination to ride. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence of another driver, call Barnes Cohen & Sullivan for a free consultation.

According to Ride Smart Florida, “the number of annual motorcycle fatalities observed in Florida has more than doubled over the past twenty years”. With additional concern, motorcycle fatalities increased by 15% since 2015. Whether you are in a car or motorcycle, be sure to always check your mirrors before lane changing to avoid an accident.

According to Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were 8,649 motorcycle crashes in 2021. 612 of the 8,649 were fatal. Other injuries involving a motorcycle crash in 2021 include 5,406 injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states most motorcycle fatalities occur in urban areas with clear/cloudy skies and in the day time. While light conditions are a major factor in the likelihood of an accident occurring, the percentage of accidents during the day is listed to be 57% while dark conditions are 37%. More people are indeed busy traveling the roads on the weekends to run errands, go out of town, etc., the comparison of motorcycle fatalities listed by the NHTSA is close in numbers.

When analyzing statistics concerning motorcycle accidents, it’s essential to delve deeper into demographics. In 2020, a concerning trend emerged, revealing that the age group most frequently involved in fatal motorcycle accidents due to speeding fell between 21 and 34 years old, with a particular concentration among individuals aged 25 to 29. These numbers underscore the importance of responsible riding practices, regardless of age or experience level. Whether you’re a seasoned rider or just hitting the road, prioritizing safety must always remain paramount.

Important safety reminders for motorcyclists to avoid accidents include:

  • Wearing a helmet on every ride.
  • Ensure your helmet has a valid D.O.T. sticker verifying the helmet meets the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.
  • Wear protective gear like gloves, a sturdy jacket, pants, etc. to provide extra protection if involved in a fall or crash.
  • Make yourself visible by using reflective materials.
  • Give your full attention to the road and other drivers.

Important safety reminders for drivers to avoid accidents include:

  • Keep an eye out for motorcycles, especially when lane-changing.
  • Due to the narrow style of a motorcycle, it can be difficult to judge distance and speed. Use extra safety measures when on the roads.
  • Keep a safe distance between you and the motorcycle in front of you.

As the warm Florida weather beckons more motorcyclists onto the roads, it’s a reminder for everyone to exercise caution and mindfulness. At Barnes Cohen & Sullivan, we’re not just legal advocates; we’re committed to promoting safer communities. If you or a loved one has ben affected by a motorcycle accident, remember that you’re not alone. Our team is here to provide compassionate support and legal expertise to help you navigate the complexities of such situations. Stay safe, stay aware, and enjoy the ride responsibly. Call us for a free consultation.