Florida Motorcycle

The Florida Motorcycle Accident Epidemic

Traffic accidents are a common sight on Florida’s roads—and motorcycles are not immune to crashes. In fact, motorcyclists are often at an increased risk of suffering fatal or debilitating injuries as a result of an accident.
According to data from a report by the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) department, in 2017, Florida motorcycle accidents led to 515 driver fatalities, 2,139 “incapacitating” injuries, 3,521 “non-incapacitating” injuries, and 1,302 incidents with no driver injuries. Compare this to the data for drivers in passenger cars in the same year, which saw 736 fatalities, 6,584 incapacitating injuries, 28,630 non-incapacitating injuries, and 272,035 cases with NO driver injuries.
While there are far more total injuries and deaths for passenger vehicles in Florida traffic accidents than there are for motorcycle accidents, the percentage of Florida motorcycle accidents that result in fatal or debilitating injuries is much higher. As stated in the report on Florida motorcycle accident statistics: “Per registered vehicles, the fatality rate for motorcyclists in 2016 was six times the fatality rate for passenger car occupants.”
Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) department, in 2017
Motorcycle Accidents CarAccidents
Driver Fatalities 515 736
“Incapacitating” Injuries 2,139 6,584
“Non-incapacitating” Injuries 3,521 28,630
Cases with NO driver injuries 1,302 272,035

Florida Motorcycle Accident Factors

There are a few factors that contribute to the higher rate of debilitating injuries among Florida motorcycle accidents, including:


Motorcycles Lack of Protection Features.

Passenger vehicles have numerous safety measures to spread out the impact of a crash and protect vehicle occupants: crumple zones, seatbelts, and air bags, to name a few. Motorcyclists, on the other hand, are largely exposed. In a crash, motorcyclists can be flung violently from the vehicle, resulting in severe injuries.


Riders Not Wearing Safety Gear.

Florida motorcycle safety guidelines strongly recommend wearing at least a helmet to prevent traumatic brain injuries caused by accidents. Helmets encase the riders head, providing an extra layer of cushioning and support that can drastically reduce the severity of impacts to the head. Helmets with face shields/visors also protect wearer’s eyes from debris kicked up by other vehicles. According to a NHTSA Crash Stats report, helmet use in 2016 saved over $1 billion in “comprehensive costs” (which includes economic costs and valuation for quality of life impacts) in the state of Florida alone.

Have You Been Involved in a Florida Motorcycle Accident?

After being involved in a Florida motorcycle accident, one of the first things you should do (after seeking medical treatment) is to get in touch with a motorcycle personal injury lawyer to discuss your case. An experienced motorcycle accident lawyer may be able to help you determine if you have a viable motorcycle accident claim—and help you organize the information and documents you need for your case if you do.
Swope, Rodante P.A. is a Tampa law firm that specializes in personal injury cases. The firm’s lawyers have decades of experience that they use to the benefit of their clients. Many of the cases that they handle include:

Catastrophic Injury

These injuries are serious, life-altering affairs, such as spinal cord injuries (SCIs) that the injured person might not ever fully recover from. Common effects of catastrophic injuries include paralysis, loss of sensation, and decreased life expectancy.


Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

These injuries are a result of trauma to the head, including sudden impacts, severe whiplash/shaking, or crushing injuries to the skull. These injuries may lead to serious (sometimes permanent) disabilities. TBIs are extremely common in Florida motorcycle accidents—especially when the motorcyclist does not wear a helmet.


Wrongful Death

When one person/organization’s negligent actions cause a motorcycle accident that results in a fatality, a lawsuit may be brought by the deceased’s family.