April 28, 2017

Bicyclists’ Fatalities Lower, but Motorcyclists’ Fatalities Rise

Tampa Bay News 9 recently reported a positive trend for bicyclists, but bad news for motorcyclists.

Compared to last year, when 13 bicyclists died in accidents on Hillsborough County roads, no deadly bicycle accidents have occurred so far this year. But the opposite trend is happening for motorcyclists – seven motorcyclists have died in crashes so far this year, compared to only two this time last year.

These crash trends are important to watch since national statistics show that Florida has historically ranked as one of the deadliest states in America in terms of the number of pedestrian cyclists and motorcyclists killed.

The Sunshine state provides great weather for walking, biking and motorcycling year-round, which unfortunately places both of these groups more at risk than those in most other states since they have more exposure to potential crash situations.

In a 2006 Florida Driver’s Attitude survey, “Sharing the Roadway with Bicyclists and Pedestrians,” respondents considered providing more bike lanes, sidewalks and crosswalks most important followed by more driver education about the rights of bicyclists. The Florida Planning and Development Laboratory of Florida State University prepared the survey for the Florida Department of Transportation.

More recently, Florida drivers were surveyed about motorcyclists. Respondents of the “Florida Driver Survey 2012” said that they believe the most dangerous aspects of riding a motorcycle are the failure of motorists to detect and recognize motorcyclists and the lack of protection in a crash.  The University of South Florida’s Center for Urban Transportation Research prepared the 2012 survey for the Florida DOT.

Our personal injury attorneys know that distracted or careless driving or failure of drivers to pay attention to motorcyclists or pedestrians when they have the right to be on the road happens all too often. If you or someone you know has been injured or killed in a pedestrian cyclist or motorcycle accident, let us help you build your case to pursue the maximum amount of damages to recover from the harm. For more information, please contact a Florida personal injury attorney at (855) 600-4688.

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