Motorcycle accident-related deaths are on the rise in Florida

TAMPA, Fla. – Motorcycle accident-related deaths are on the rise in Florida and across the nation, according to a new study released by the Governors Highway Association. The group reported last month that during the nine-month period from January to September 2012, nearly 4,000 motorcyclists lost their lives in deadly crashes, and they predict that number will surpass 5,000 once total figures for 2012 have been submitted.

Deaths associated with motorcycle accidents have been steadily increasing throughout the U.S.: In 2009, about 4,200 fatalities were reported and in 2011, almost 5,000 deaths were attributed to motorcycle crashes. In fact, motorcycle crash fatalities have risen during 14 of the last 15 years despite an annual decrease in total traffic fatalities from 2005 to 2010, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

With 287 deaths reported during the first nine months of 2012, Florida had the third highest number of motorcycle accident fatalities, ranking behind California, which reported 318 deaths and Texas, which led the nation with 358 motorcycle crash-related fatalities. All three states are known for their relatively moderate climates, which may mean there are more motorcyclists riding the roads, the study noted, and higher gas prices also may be causing more individuals to ride motorcycles as a cost-saving measure. In addition, the study noted that Florida does not require motorcyclists to wear helmets, which other studies have shown decrease severe injuries by more than 40 percent.

To help decrease the number of motorcycle accidents and accident-related deaths, the study advises cyclists to drive more slowly, not to drive after drinking alcohol and to obtain training to ensure they understand how to properly operate a motorcycle.

In addition to resulting in a disproportionate number of fatalities, motorcycle accidents can also cause significant injuries. Because they don’t have the protection of an automobile, even minor crashes can result in injury to the neck, spine or head as well as fractures and other serious injuries. Having a lawyer with the skills needed to aggressively represent your rights as an accident victim is the best way to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve for medical bills, lost wages and other costs you incur. The attorneys at Baird Law Group are experienced in protecting the rights of motorcycle accident victims and making sure they receive the damages they’re owed.

If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident in Florida, you need a Tampa motorcycle accident attorney who is prepared to fight aggressively to protect your rights. Baird Law Group can help you get the compensation you deserve. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, visit the Baird Law Group website at www.bairdlawgroup.com or call them at 813-849-2679 today.