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Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Florida

One of the most popular ways to get around Florida is on a motorcycle. In 2011 there were over 600,000 registered motorcycles. This means that almost 4 percent of all forms of vehicle transportation in Florida are done on a motorcycle. This also results in over 18 percent of all Florida traffic accidents and fatalities each year being from motorcycle riders and their passengers.

There are some common causes of motorcycle accidents in Florida.

Alcohol

In Florida over 30 percent of all motorcycle accidents that occur involve alcohol. People drinking and driving cars or other vehicles have impaired judgment when dealing with motorcycles on the road.

Distracted Driving

Many times a car driver will check their phone or engage in some other type of distracted driving. They aren’t able to react properly to a motorcycle near them on the road. This is a very dangerous situation for motorcycle riders and other vehicles.

Visibility

One of the biggest problems a motorcycle rider has on the road is being easily seen by other motorists. Florida does have a Share the Road policy so people who are driving must stay a safe distance from the motorcycle rider. This policy is ignored too many times and results in many motorcycle accidents that could have been avoided.

Excessive Speed

Too many times a car or truck is going too fast when an accident with a motorcycle occurs. A person driving a vehicle could run through a traffic sign or signal causing serious injury to a motorcycle rider. The collisions can often be fatal.

Faulty Motorcycles

There are many times when an accident will result from defective motorcycles. It could be the tires, design or various motorcycle parts which would make such an accident a product liability situation. A defect in the manufacturing of motorcycles is causing increasing number of motorcycle accidents in Florida.

Driver Negligence

Almost three-quarters of motorcycle accidents in Florida happen when the rider is hit by a car or truck driver who ignores the presence of the motorcycle. An illegal lane change or turning left in front of motorcycle rider can result in a serious accident.

When a motorcycle rider has an accident under any circumstance, they should contact a Stuart motorcycle accident attorney from Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC They will be able to inform the motorcycle rider how they can get the most compensation for any loss resulting from an accident.