Motorcycle riders know that no matter where you are, there are certain dangers that you face on two wheels. But did you know that Florida is the most dangerous state for motorcycle riders?
In fact, according to studies done by AAA and the National Highway of Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Sunshine State has the highest number of motorcycle-related fatalities in the U.S.
Florida Motorcycle Accident Statistics
Motorcycle accident fatalities have been increasing for years. In 2015, there were 584 motorcycle fatalities in Florida, accounting for 20% of all traffic-related fatalities and the most annual number of deaths during a 15-year period. Since that year, the number of fatalities has gone slightly down, but numbers still remain above 500:
- 2016 - 545 motorcycle deaths
- 2017- 552 motorcycle deaths
- 2018 - 531 motorcycle deaths
- 2019 - 550 motorcycle deaths
- 2020 - 516 motorcycle deaths
Why Florida Roads Are So Dangerous for Riders
While there isn’t a singular, clear-cut reason for the high fatality number, several factors may contribute to Florida being the most dangerous state for motorcycle riders.
Motorcycles are extremely popular in the state. As of 2019, there were over 590,000 motorcycles registered in Florida. It is also home to the annual Daytona Beach Bike Week, which is the largest motorcycle event in the nation and brings half a million people to the area each year, many of whom are avid riders.
Additionally, the year-round warm weather means that motorcyclists are able to ride more frequently. Ultimately, more riders on the road means that motorcycle accidents occur more frequently, leading to higher numbers of fatalities and severe injuries that often require the assistance of an attorney. Other common causes of motorcycle accidents in Florida include:
- Rain, storms, or other poor weather conditions
- Road construction
- Drunk or impaired drivers
- Tourists unfamiliar with the roads
We’re Here to Advocate for You
At Canan Law, we understand that life is not perfect. When an unexpected curveball is thrown your way and you are injured in an accident, our St. Augustine motorcycle accident attorneys are here to help you get your life back on track.
Motorcycle accident claims are notoriously complex, partly because insurance companies are biased against riders. Despite these obstacles or any other challenges that may exist within your case, our team will advocate tirelessly on your behalf so that you have the best chances of recovery.
Do you need assistance filing a motorcycle accident claim? Contact our firm at (904) 849-2266 to get started with a free case evaluation!