Warm Weather Leads to a Rise in Fatal Florida Motorcycle Accidents
As the mild & pleasant temperatures continue to increase here in the Sunshine State, so have the amount of auto accidents involving motorcycles. Data from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles indicates that there have been a whopping 933 motorcycle collisions throughout the state since the beginning of the year, resulting in 801 injuries and 66 deaths.
Every year, Florida welcomes more & more motorcyclists and bike enthusiasts to our wonderful state primarily because of the warm, year-round weather, and has quickly earned the reputation as one of the most popular destinations for bikers in the country. Bikers are able to experience its breathtaking coastal highways, the endless strips of interlinking and intertwined interstates, and the countless celebrations and festivals dedicated to all things motorcycle…without ever having to worry about those icy, slippery roads that typically plague the northern states.
However, a recent rash of motorcycle accidents have been devastating our Florida roadways for the past few weeks. Once such incident happened over the weekend in Lake County after a 68-year-old Ocklawaha resident was killed Friday afternoon in a collision with an SUV near the intersection of County Road 42 and Big Oak Road. A second deadly crash occurred in Volusia County on the same day along Pioneer Trail and claimed the life of a 57-year-old resident of New Smyrna Beach. A third motorcyclist was killed Monday evening after he was involved in an accident with a pickup truck in Port Charlotte. Unfortunately, this list tragic goes on and on – an issue that the Florida Highway Patrol will undoubtedly address head-on.
Sadly, a large majority of motorcyclists and biker passengers are killed when they’re involved in a collision with another vehicle. Unlike the safety of a car where the occupant is surrounded by layers of metal, plastic, and insulation designed to absorb the impact of an object or another vehicle, motorcyclists are completely exposed in the event of an accident, with nothing between them to soften the blow. Crash survivors usually experience a variety of serious, life-threatening injuries, including:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries & Skull Fractures
- Spinal Cord Injuries & Paralysis
- Complex Bone Fractures & Burn Injuries
- Debilitating Back Injuries
Since 1977, Orlando motorcycle accident attorney James O. Cunningham, P.A. has been dedicated to representing Florida crash victims and their families with unconditional care, compassion, and kindness. For additional information, please contact us today at 877-FL-INJURY to schedule a free 30-minute case evaluation.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.