Motorcycle Accidents Are Still a Concern in Winter in Fair Weather Florida
In many states, the numbers of motorcycle accidents decrease dramatically during the winter, but that is not the case in Florida. While riders in the northern states store their bikes away for the winter, Floridians still are out riding in the winter, which is one of the reasons the motorcycle rider fatality rates in Florida are usually one of the highest in the nation. Whether it is January or June, Florida motorcycle enthusiasts need to be aware of safety precautions to stay safe on the roads and avoid motorcycle accidents.
Florida Motorcycle Accidents
Florida and Texas have often been at the top of the fatality list for motorcycle accidents. This can be partly attributed to the fair weather throughout the year and the helmet laws in both states. While other states with similar weather patterns and populations have mandatory helmet laws, both Texas and Florida do not require all riders to wear helmets, which may impact the fatality numbers.
In 2015, there were 584 fatalities reported for motorcycle accidents in Florida. This was the highest number reported since 2001. In 2016 and 2017, numbers dropped slightly but still remained 500 or higher. When looking at the variances for the months of the year, there is little difference between the summer and winter months. In 2015, there were more motorcycle accidents that resulted in a fatality in December than any other month. Yet, in 2016, May was the most dangerous month for fatalities, and the month seems to change each year.
Staying Safe This Year
When jumping on your motorcycle this year for a winter ride, make sure you are taking precautions to stay safe. Always wear a helmet and protective eye-wear to keep your vision clear and to protect your head in the case of an accident. Wear bright clothing to increase your visibility – black or brown riding gear is popular, but not the best option for safety. If you are an inexperienced rider take a safety course to help you improve your skills and give you an edge when out on the road.
Unfortunately, even the safest riders can be involved in motorcycle accidents, often caused by other drivers on the road. If you are injured or lose a loved one in a motorcycle accident caused by another driver, contact our team at Tison Law Group to discuss your accident and options for seeking possible financial compensation.