Motorcycle Accident Statistics
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reports that there were 579 motorcycle accidents in Pinellas County during 2012. This is an increase from the two previous years, in which there were only 480 crashes (2010) and 513 crashes (2011). Although the number of fatalities resulting from motorcycle crashes has decreased from 26 fatalities in Pinellas County in 2011 to 22 fatalities in 2012, the number of people injured in motorcycle accidents has increased from 459 injuries in 2011 to 525 injuries in 2012. Statewide, there were 9,394 motorcycle accidents in Florida during 2012, resulting in 457 fatalities and 8,658 injuries.
Typically, young motorcyclists are at a greater risk of being involved in an accident than older, more experienced riders. Across all types of accidents – including motorcycle accidents – over 25% of drivers who are injured are between the ages of 20 and 29. That same age group makes up over 27% of all traffic fatalities.
When a motorcyclist is at fault for an accident or crash, it is typically because the motorcyclist is driving too fast for traffic conditions or is driving aggressively (such as by following other vehicles too closely or weaving in and out of traffic). Conversely, when the driver of a passenger vehicle is at fault for a motorcycle accident, it is typically because the driver was not paying attention to the road around him or her and did not see the motorcyclist.
Preventing Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcyclists can take several steps to reduce the likelihood that they will be involved in a motorcycle accident, including:
- Wearing protective gear that is also highly reflective and/or visible;
- Wearing a Department of Transportation (DOT)-approved helmet;
- Driving defensively and not traveling in another vehicle’s blind spot;
- Making sure the motorcycle is in good working order and all safety features (especially the brakes) are working properly.
Contact a Clearwater Motorcycle Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one were injured in a motorcycle accident, contact the dedicated lawyers of Nicoletti Walker Trial Firm right away to discuss the facts of your case. Our Clearwater motorcycle accident attorneys are experienced in handling motorcycle accident cases and have the tools, resources, and experts necessary to show who was at fault in your case. We can help you get the compensation you deserve to address your medical bills, lost wages, damaged property, and mental pain and suffering.