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Ask a rider why he or she rides a motorcycle and you’ll get a wide range of answers: Motorcycles cost less than cars, they save on gas, parking is easy, camaraderie is enjoyable, and their environmental impact is low. Mainly, they’re cool – a vehicle for escape and untold adventure.

But here are some alarming statistics about motorcycle accidents from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • In 2014, there were 4,295 deaths from accidents involving motorcycles, accounting for 13% of all motor vehicle crash fatalities.
  • Of those killed, 225 were between 15 and 20 years old.  An additional 7,000 young riders were injured in 2014.

The issue of helmet laws has become critical to improving motorcycle safety, and the U.S. Department of Transportation has stepped up its efforts to encourage use of helmets that meet federal safety requirements.

The NHTSA estimates that helmets saved the lives of 1,669 motorcyclists in 2014 – and that 660 more lives could have been saved if riders were wearing helmets. Yet just 19 states and the District of Columbia require that all motorcyclists must wear helmets.

  • The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reports that in 38% of motorcycle accidents in 2014, motorcycle drivers were not wearing helmets.
  • NHTSA studies indicate that Department of Transportation approved helmets are about 37% effective in preventing deaths and about 67% effective in preventing brain injuries among motorcyclists involved in accidents.
  • In states that have universal helmet laws, an estimated 91% of motorcyclists were wearing helmets.
  • In states that do not have helmet laws, only 24% of motorcyclists in accidents were wearing helmets.

Florida law requires motorcycle drivers and riders to wear federally approved helmets unless they are over 21 years old and are covered by a minimum of $10,000 in medical insurance for motorcycle injuries. Florida also requires motorcyclists to have their headlights on at all times while riding, even during the day.

Motorcycle Crash Victims Turn to Florida Personal Injury Law Firm

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Our injury lawyers at Searcy Denney are no stranger to motorcycle accident cases. In one recent experience, a South Florida husband and wife were riding their Harley Davidson along an oceanfront road when a restaurant delivery truck driver turned directly in front of them. There was no time for the couple to stop or avoid a collision.

The husband was pronounced dead that evening at a local hospital, where his wife was treated for injuries that included large lacerations and fractured bones in both legs. She had surgery and began what was to be long-term physical therapy. The wife retained Searcy Denney personal injury John Shipley, who negotiated a confidential settlement with the restaurant’s insurance company.

When You Need a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer, We’re Here

No one expects accidents to happen, but they do. If a family member has been killed or injured or you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, Searcy Denney’s experienced personal injury attorneys and support teams stand ready to help you. Please take the time to complete our Contact Form, or call us directly at 1-800-780-8607 for a free, confidential consultation.

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Searcy Denney 2139 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd.
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Toll-free: (800) 780-8607
Phone: (561) 686-6300
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Searcy Denney The Towle House, 517 N. Calhoun St.
Tallahassee, FL 32301-1231
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