Reasons Why Florida Motorcycle Accidents Are Often The Deadliest
According to the Insurance Information Institute, in 2019, there were 58.33 motorcycle occupant fatalities per 100,000 registered vehicles compared to 9.42 fatalities for passenger car occupants. So why is there such a huge discrepancy in the numbers? Some of the reasons may surprise you.
Lack of Protection
Lack of protection afforded to the person riding a motorcycle is the top reason motorcycle accidents are more deadly than accidents involving other motor vehicles. There is very little, if anything, between the motorcycle rider’s body and the ground or any other object they may crash into. However, a passenger in a car is in a heavy piece of machinery, outfitted with airbags and seat belts, that is designed to provide its occupants with as much protection as possible. In addition, motorcycle riders can increase their chances of surviving an accident by wearing protective gear such as helmets and gloves. Even so, an occupant of a car or truck has much better odds of surviving a catastrophic crash.
Lack of Vehicle Control
When compared to a car or truck, a motorcycle has much more sensitive steering. As a result, even a slight involuntary movement by the motorcycle rider can send the motorcycle careening into a nearby object. Many accidents occur when the motorcyclist loses control and drives into other motor vehicles or roadside markers, such as street signs.
In addition to being smaller and lighter than other vehicles, motorcycles only have two wheels. Because of this, and due to their sensitive steering, wet roadways, uneven pavement, and potholes can be much more detrimental to a motorcycle rider.
Some motorcyclists engage in driving maneuvers such as lane-splitting. Lane-splitting occurs when motorcyclists drive between two lanes of traffic that are either stopped or going slower than the motorcycle rider. Car and truck drivers do not generally expect another vehicle to suddenly emerge between themselves and a vehicle in an adjacent lane, so when it occurs, it can lead to serious accidents.
Most motorcyclists ride because they love the thrill and freedom that motorcycles afford them. As a result, enthusiasts purchase high-performance motorcycles that are lighter, faster, and built on racing platforms. Because of these heightened capabilities, accidents involving high-performance motorcycles can result in serious injury or death.
Lack of Visibility
Motorcycles are significantly smaller than other motor vehicles, which means that they can be much more difficult to spot on roadways. As a result, many accidents occur when the other party simply does not see the motorcyclists, such as when the sun may be in their eyes.
Consult With A Florida Motorcycle Accident Attorney
If you have been injured while riding a motorcycle on Florida roadways, or if a loved one lost their life while riding a motorcycle, you need to speak with a Florida motorcycle accident attorney experienced in helping victims and their families recover the compensation they are owed. Schedule a consultation today by calling 239-323-9820 or reach out to us via our contact page.