RideSmartFlorida.com, a motorcycle safety website maintained by the Florida Department of Transportation, recently released statistics gathered by the Center for Urban Transportation Research covering motorcycle accidents in our state.
According to the data, the number of motorcycle crashes and injuries has increased in the last several years. Many of these accidents resulted in serious injuries that required victims to seek the assistance of a Tampa car accident lawyer. Thankfully, new road safety programs appear to having a positive effect on some of these statistics.
Between 2000 and 2008, the number of motorcycle-related injuries and accidents nearly doubled. By 2010, there was a 22.2% drop in such crashes with a 21% reduction in motorcycle-related injuries.
Along similar lines, motorcycle fatalities rose from 8% of all automotive deaths in 2000 to 17.8% in 2008. By 2010, motorcycle fatalities had dropped significantly to 14.3% of all traffic fatalities.
The Florida Department of Transportation attributes this reduction to the incorporation of the state’s Motorcycle Safety Coalition, as well as a set of training requirements for new riders that was put into place in July 2008.
According to the data gathered by the DOT, age appears to play a relevant role in motorcycle injuries. In 2010, motorcyclists between the ages of 45 to 54 were injured in more automotive accidents than any other age group.
Local population levels and popular Florida motorcycle rallies also appear to affect these statistics, with the largest numbers of Florida motorcycle fatalities in 2010 occurring in the counties of Miami-Dale, Pinellas, Volusia, Hillsborough and Palm Beach.
Some believe that the 2000 repeal of the helmet law may also be a factor in the rise of motorcycle fatalities during the past decade. The use of a helmet by riders was observed at less than 50% in 2011, and 37% of motorcycle fatalities in 2010 involved a rider who was not wearing a helmet.
If you have recently been injured in an automotive accident in our area due to another person’s neglect, it’s important that you find an experienced Tampa car accident lawyer who will fight for your rights. Call Abrahamson & Uiterwyk today at 1-800-753-5203 for a free initial consultation.