How Many Motorcycle Deaths Are There Per Year in Florida?
In the case of a serious motorcycle accident, without the added protection of the body of a car, crumple zones, and airbags, you could suffer serious injuries. An unfortunate number of these crashes cause life-altering or life-threatening injuries. Miami motorcycle accident lawyer Prosper Shaked discusses some statistics about these accidents, including the number of deadly motorcycle crashes each year in Florida. If you were injured in a motorcycle crash, or if a loved one was killed in a crash, contact The Law Offices of Prosper Shaked today to discuss your case.
How Many People Die in Motorcycle Crashes in Florida?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) tracks data on fatal car accidents. FARS, the Fatal Accident Reporting System, collects this data into usable forms. Most of the statistics discussed here come from this system.
In 2016, the most recent year with complete data, there were 600 fatal motorcycle accidents in the State of Florida. Throughout the country, there were 5,421 fatal crashes, meaning that Florida’s accidents account for around 1.2% of these accidents.
Of these 600 accidents, 191 were single-vehicle crashes. These include accidents where the rider crashed into a stationary object (114 of these crashes) or simply crashed. At high speeds, it can become difficult to control your bike, and you may simply lose control, especially if the road is wet or covered in debris. These non-collision fatalities accounted for 64 of these deadly single-vehicle crashes.
In 2016, there were 409 deadly motorcycle accidents involving another vehicle. These collisions were predominately head-on car crashes, accounting for 286 of these accidents – 69.9% of the multi-vehicle accidents. 11.7% of these multi-vehicle crashes (48 accidents) were rear-end collisions, where the motorcycle was struck from behind. These accident types show that the majority of deadly motorcycle crashes involve head-on collisions with another car or involve a motorcycle driving into another vehicle. This can occur because the other driver failed to yield while making a left turn, because one vehicle entered opposing traffic, or because the motorcycle was unable to stop after a vehicle in front of them slammed on the brakes.
Very few of these accidents involved side-impact collisions, but a total of 31 deadly accidents did occur this way. This can happen from drivers failing to check their mirrors and blind spots while changing lanes or drivers making turns into nearby motorcyclists.
Recent years have similar numbers of deadly motorcycle crashes, with 625 accidents in 2015 and 490 accidents in 2014. Over the ten years from 2007 through 2016, there was an average of 519.4 deadly crashes each year. This comes to a total of 5,194 fatal motorcycle accidents over 10 years.
Suing for Wrongful Death in a Motorcycle Crash
If you lost a loved one to a motorcycle accident in Florida, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. This lawsuit can help you recover compensation for the end of life medical expenses and pain and suffering that your loved one faced. You can also recover the cost of funeral expenses, burial costs, and other expenses related to their death. These damages can help cover the cost of the following:
- Loss of consortium (for spouses);
- Lost companionship;
- Lost counsel;
- Lost income;
- Lost inheritances;
- Lost investments;
- And more.
These damages cannot replace a loved one, but they can help your family keep going if the family member you lost provided for your family.
You can sue for the death of immediate family members, including spouses, parents, and children. If you do not share one of these relationships with the deceased, you may still be able to recover compensation if you were a dependent of the deceased, such as a sibling, grandparent, or aunt or uncle that they took care of.
When filing a wrongful death suit, you must prove that the accident was the other driver’s fault. This involves pointing to traffic laws that they violated or other unsafe driving habits that lead to the crash. Things like drunk driving, distracted driving, texting while driving, and other serious driving issues can be clear ways to prove fault. However, even more mundane issues like speeding or running a red light could show the other driver was at fault.
Many serious accidents involve errors from both drivers. If your loved one was partly liable for the crash, e.g., because they were speeding, you can still recover compensation for their loss. Under Florida law, these damages are reduced by the percentage of fault that the victim shared, but you can still recover damages proportional to the at-fault driver’s share of the harm.
Call Our Miami Motorcycle Accident Lawyer for a Free Consultation
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident or a family member was killed in a motorcycle crash, contact The Law Offices of Prosper Shaked today. Miami personal injury lawyer Prosper Shaked offers free consultations, which help victims and their families understand what they might be entitled to and how their case can proceed. For help with your case, call our law offices today at (305) 690-0244.