What are the Top Dangers of Motorcycles on the Road in Florida | Davie Florida Motorcycle Accident
I have been a trial lawyer since 1989 and since that time have represented hundreds of motorcycle accident victims throughout the State of Florida. I have garnered a great understanding of the nuances of this type of accident case. I have learned over the years that presenting motorcycle crash cases to a jury requires a unique set of litigation skills that not all trial lawyers possess.
Motorcycle accident and injury cases are different than others and require the lawyer you select to understand the psychological predispositions and opinions (negative in most cases) many people have of motorcycles and motorcycle riders. Your lawyer would also need to recognize that Florida is one of the most dangerous places for a motorcycle rider in the entire country for several reasons. This blog addresses those reasons and what you can do to protect yourself if you ride in Florida.
Top Dangers of Motorcycles on the Road in Florida
First, there are just more motorcycles here than in other states. We have well over half a million registered motorcycles in Florida. The popularity of motorcycles here culminates each year with the Daytona Bike Week celebration, one of the largest type events in the country each year. With so many motorcycles concentrated in such a small area, that event alone results in significant injury crashes and motorcycle fatalities annually.
We have a large population of senior citizens in Florida who are not required to take driving re-examination as they get into their 80’s. This is a significant factor in many crashes. Our younger population has their share of distractions as well.
Especially with the elderly, the size of a motorcycle makes it difficult for them to judge its distance. Our brain sees a smaller object and quickly sends a message that this object must be far away. Since a motorcycle is smaller than a car, we sometimes misjudge the distance and the motorcycle is much closer than we originally perceived. This is the cause of many intersectional collisions when a vehicle turns in front of a motorcycle.
An additional factor contributing to increased danger in Florida for motorcycles is that we have two highways that are made for biking. I-75 and I-95 are very popular and easy routs with long stretches of open roads. We also have miles and miles of roads along the various beaches of Florida and the beautiful beachside scenery up and down this very long state serves as a distraction to the motorcyclists as well as drivers of the cars and trucks around them.
In regard to Fatalities and serious injuries, Florida’s increase in both these categories over the years is mainly due to the fact that our beautiful weather invites long open rides, until the thunderstorms and hurricanes hit and cause many roadway issues and an increase in crashes as a result.
Contact our Davie Florida Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Wearing appropriate gear such as the right helmet, boots and clothing, along with riding at safe speeds with people you know and trust can significantly increase your chances of avoiding a Florida Motorcycle Crash. If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle crash in Florida, call me now to discuss your situation. I can be reached 24 hours a day on my cell phone at 954-895-7455 or you can check out my website at www.robertgluck.com.