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Stay Safe at Bikefest

There are risks involved in riding a motorcycle. In the United States, one in 10 motor vehicle accidents that ends in a fatality involves a motorcycle, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That means 10% of the fatal accidents were people riding a motorcycle. All told, 82,000 motorists suffered from some type of injury due to a motorcycle accident in 2011.

In Florida, the statistics are even more alarming, as the state has one of the highest populations of motorcycle riders in the country. In Florida, 80% of Florida motorcycle crashes result in injury or death to the rider.

Accidents on a motorcycle are often more severe than those in an automobile. In fact, a motorcyclist is 16 times more likely to be killed in a traffic accident than the passenger in a car. Motorcyclists are vulnerable. They don’t have a seatbelt and several tons of steel to protect them in the event of an accident.

About half of all motorcycle crashes in Florida occur during the weekend, because many professionals abandon the car and hit the road on the motorcycle. They attend events like Bikefest in Leesburg. Each year, hundreds of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts gather for the event. That means a large number of automobile drivers are on the road and many are not experienced in motorcycle safety.

Each year, people are injured at Bikefest and other similar festivals in Florida. More often than not, motorcyclists are injured by a careless driver and not because they were being reckless on a motorcycle. A car might pull out in front of a motorcyclist and change lanes and not see the motorcyclist. All of these accidents can result in significant injuries to the motorcycle rider.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident at Bikefest, you need to speak with an attorney. You need to talk with someone who understands motorcycle laws in Florida and knows the best way to seek compensation. Florida motorcycle accident attorney James O. Cunningham can help if you have been injured in a motorcycle accident. Contact us today at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587) for a free initial consultation.

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