If you are a motorcycle enthusiast, you are most likely aware of the excitement and freedom that come along with cruising around on your bike. You probably also understand the very real dangers that go hand in hand with the lifestyle. While most motorcyclists would agree that the enjoyment outweighs any risks associated with riding, it is always good to stay updated on just how dangerous these vehicles can be.
The dangers of riding a motorcycle are still high. In fact, the number of crashes, injuries and fatalities has increased across the country in recent years, and Pasco County has followed this same trend. In 2010, motorcycle fatalities accounted for 14.3 percent of all traffic fatalities throughout the state of Florida, and Pasco County accounted for a majority of those fatal accidents. Sadly, motorcyclists are 37 times more likely to die from a motorcycle accident in Dade City than those traveling by cars.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has performed numerous studies that outline the contributing factors for motorcycle collisions, injuries and fatalities across the United States:
Helmet Use: Motorcyclists not wearing helmets are more likely to suffer serious and fatal injuries compared to the 49.3 percent of Florida riders who do. Between 2007 and 2010, 29 percent of motorcyclist fatalities were related to traumatic brain injuries.
Alcohol Use: In 2009, 31 percent of all fatal motorcycle accidents involved riders with blood alcohol levels above the legal limit of .08.
Speeding: In 2008, 35 percent of motorcycle riders involved in a crash resulting in injury or death were speeding.
Time of Year and Day of Week: An estimated 50 percent of motorcycle accidents happen on the weekends. Nearly 31 percent of fatal motorcycle crashes occur during the months of March, April and May.
If you or someone you love has been involved in a motorcycle wreck in Dade City, it is very important to contact a Pasco County Motorcycle Accident Lawyer at Whittel & Melton for legal advice. For a free consultation discussing your eligibility for financial compensation, contact us today online or call 727-847-2299.