One of the ways that many people in Florida love to enjoy the beauty and temperate climate enjoyed by residents in the state is to ride a motorcycle. The joy of riding on two wheels and feeling the open air is truly unique. Unfortunately, the risks that these riders face due to other drivers on the road is also quite unique and serious.
Records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicate that Florida has experienced a deadly trend when it comes to motorcyclist fatalities. In 2009, there were 413 recorded deaths involving motorcyclists in vehicular accidents statewide. By 2015, that number soared to 615. In the subsequent three years, the fatalities dropped slightly from the 2015 high but remain significantly greater than in 2009. In 2016 and 2017, there were 586 and 591 motorcycle riders killed in crashes across the state, respectively. In 2018, 574 bikers lost their lives on Florida roads and highways.
In Indian River County, 19 riders were killed in the five years spanning 2014 to 2018. Neighboring Brevard County lost 94 motorcyclists in vehicular accidents in the same five years. Osceola County was the location of 46 motorcyclist fatalities and St. Lucie recorded 38 such deaths. A total of seven riders were killed in crashes in Okeechobee County.
If you would like to learn more about the options available to you or a loved one who has been involved in an accident as a motorcyclist, please feel free to visit the motorcyclist’s rights and assistance page of our Florida personal injury and motor vehicle accident website.