Summertime – with sunny weather and long days – is a prime time for motorcycle riding in Florida. Unfortunately, it is also a time for motorcycle wrecks.
Two motorcyclists were killed in a recent two-day period on Interstate 95.
According to the Sun-Sentinel, a motorcyclist was killed on June 22 as he was attempting to overtake a vehicle on I-95 in Delray Beach. The 38-year-old victim and his passenger were on a 2007 Suzuki motorcycle when he tried to change lanes, pulling directly into the path of a Toyota vehicle. The motorcyclist struck the car’s front hood and windshield, and was pronounced dead at the scene. No reports have been made on the condition of the victim’s passenger or of the driver of the Toyota.
According to a police report in the Sun-Sentinel, a Hollywood man died on June 23 after veering off I-95’s southbound lanes and his motorcycle overturned. The 48-year-old was riding a Harley-Davidson and was not wearing a helmet.
The cause of the crash remains to be under investigation.
Fatal Motorcycle Crashes in Florida
There were 464 people killed in Florida motorcycle crashes in 2011, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. One of every five motor vehicle fatalities in Florida involved a motorcyclist. Many accidents are caused by other motorists who are not looking out for motorcycles or who simply overlook them, leading to a preventable accident.
The motorcycle death statistics for Florida from 2007-2011 are as follows:
- 2007 – 566 deaths
- 2008 – 556 deaths
- 2009 – 413 deaths
- 2010 – 396 deaths
- 2011 – 464 deaths
About 60 percent of bikers who were killed were not wearing helmets at the time of the crash.
Have you or a loved one been in a motorcycle accident? Contact a qualified Florida personal injury attorney to find out if you have a right to compensation.
- Sun Sentinel
- Sun Sentinel
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration