The 3 states with the most fatalities involving motorcycles are Florida, California, and Texas (in that order) but Florida is smaller in population than the other two states and the reasons are not entirely clear why we have such a bad record. Florida has possibly the best climate year-round for riding motorcycles, and so there are more on the road, but we also have a lot of rain which causes slippery roads. Florida has more tourists who are naturally unfamiliar with the roads and that doesn’t help.
We are convinced that if Florida drivers are educated about the need to slow down and drive with caution we can lower the serious motorcycle injuries and deaths that occur every year.
Statistics show that the number one cause for a motorcycle vs. other motor vehicle crash is that the other vehicle just “didn’t see” the motorcycle. Drivers of cars and trucks are either distracted by something else (texting, for example) or they just don’t take the time to look carefully.
The top two causes of crashes are (1) a driver pulls out into traffic without making sure the way is clear and safe, and (2) a driver turns in front of an oncoming motorcyclist and causes a collision.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) launched a campaign many years ago called “Look Twice, Save a Life” and we believe that is something every driver in Florida should make a habit of doing every time we are behind the wheel. When you pull out into traffic look to see it’s clear and then look again. It may save a life.
When you approach an intersection that is not the time to look at your phone, in fact your phone should be turned off and out of sight. Watch carefully for vehicles entering the intersection. If you are turning, you may turn in front of a motorcyclist.
515 motorcyclists died on Florida roads and highways in 2017 and each one of those deaths could have and should have been prevented. 7,725 motorcyclists were injured, and many are now permanently disabled.
Fort Lauderdale Motorcycle Injury Attorneys
Injuries resulting from motorcycle crashes are particularly serious, and victims often require extensive surgeries, long-term hospitalization, and sometimes a lifetime of follow-up care. It’s important in the time immediately following a motorcycle crash for victims to seek the help of an experienced attorney, one who has experience with motorcycle crashes and injuries. The Law Firm of Lazarus and Lazarus is a small firm dedicated to handling serious cases with personal attention to clients. We understand the trauma and pain victims experience because we have handled so many cases in the past, and today.
Our most important goal is to protect your rights to receive compensation for your injuries and the treatment you need to return to a normal life. When you call our firm at (954) 356-0006 you will speak directly with Mr. Gary Lazarus, an attorney with a reputation for fighting hard and getting results. You can click here to see the online reviews for Mr. Lazarus.