Florida’s ample sunshine and scenic views make it a popular destination for motorcycle enthusiasts. Unfortunately, it is also a dangerous one.
With 600 motorcycle fatalities in 2020, a recent report ranked Florida as the fourth worst state for motorcycle crash deaths. However, the Florida Highway Patrol says most of these accidents are the fault of people driving other vehicles.
Causes of motorcycle crashes
Drivers who violate the right of way of motorcycle riders they did not see cause most of the motorcycle crashes in Florida. State troopers urge motorists to slow down and be careful about looking for motorcycles before changing lanes.
Steps motorcycle riders can take to stay safe
Florida requires new riders to take and pass the Basic Rider Course to get a motorcycle endorsement on their driver’s license. Riders who take this class learn defensive driving techniques that can help them to avoid accidents.
Motorcyclists can reduce their risk of suffering serious or fatal injuries by wearing protective gear. All riders under the age of 21 must wear a helmet that meets the Federal Motorcycle Vehicle Safety Standards.
Riders who are 21 or older can choose not to wear a helmet if they have at least $10,000 in medical insurance to cover motorcycle accident injuries. However, choosing not to wear a helmet is a safety risk. Motorcycle helmets are 37% effective at preventing fatal injuries.
Motorcycles are smaller and more difficult to see than other types of vehicles. Drivers of all types of vehicles need to be aware of the danger involved and take steps to prevent serious accidents from occurring.