Although motorcycles represent an exhilarating sense of freedom for their riders, they do not command the same presence or offer equal protection as larger vehicles on the road. Due to Florida’s continuing and significant population growth, and as a popular destination for tourists, the state continues to have the unfortunate recognition of leading the nation in motorcycle deaths as recently as 2017.
In the U.S., 4,976 motorcyclists died in crashes in 2016, accounting for 13% of all motor vehicle crash deaths that year, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Highway Loss Data Institute. Although not required in Florida many dozens of other states, helmets are shown to be 37% effective in preventing motorcycle deaths and about 67% effective in preventing brain injuries.
According to the most recent data from the U.S. Government Accountability Office, motorcycle crashes cost $16 billion in direct costs in 2010, although indirect costs are estimated to be higher. A collision with another vehicle, road barrier, or another obstacle can result in many serious injuries, including:
- A concussion or traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Broken bones or joints
- Neck and spinal cord injuries
- Skin, muscle, and other soft tissue damage
- Facial disfigurement
Motorcycle injuries often result in extensive medical costs. If you or someone you love has been involved in a motorcycle accident, our knowledgeable and compassionate attorneys at Lowman Law Firm are here to help you receive compensation. Day or night, you can send a text and hear back from your attorney when you need them.