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A Troubling Trend In Motorcycle Accidents

A Troubling Trend In Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycles have become increasingly popular in recent years, and the effects of this popularity growth can be seen everywhere in Florida. There are many reasons that people would choose this mode of transportation even aside from those who enjoy riding motorcycles merely for recreation. Unfortunately, the rise in popularity in motorcycles has also led to a troubling spike in terms of Florida motorcycle accident injuries and fatalities.

Below you’ll find an analysis of the statistical trends regarding Florida motorcycle accidents in recent years as well as the types of injuries that could be suffered as a result of these crashes. Finally, you’ll find information regarding how you should proceed if you or someone you love has been injured or worse in this sort of collision and you need the help of an experienced and skilled Florida motorcycle accident lawyer.

Florida Motorcycle Accident Statistics – Recent Trends

When one takes a closer look at a ten-year period that begins in 1997 and extends through 2006, it’s easy to see why so many people are increasingly concerned about Florida motorcycle accident statistics. Below you will find a breakdown of the total number of Florida motorcycle accidents that occurred during this time period:

  • 1997 – 4,478
  • 1998 – 4,332
  • 1999 – 4,451
  • 2000 – 5,075
  • 2001 – 5,766
  • 2002 – 5,972
  • 2003 – 6,635
  • 2004 – 7,367
  • 2005 – 8,147
  • 2006 – 8,990

As can be seen, the number of occurrences of Florida motorcycle accidents more than doubled during this 10-year period. What’s worse is that the number of injuries suffered as a result of Florida motorcycle accidents has also risen on an almost identical plane. During the same time period, the number of fatalities from Florida motorcycle accidents more than tripled, from 164 in 1997 to 521 in 2006. The years 2007 and 2008 also showed a higher number of fatalities than in 2006.

Types of Injuries Suffered

It should come as no surprise that as the number of Florida motorcycle accidents has increased, so too have the number of injuries and fatalities. Common injuries suffered in these situations include broken bones, back injuries, spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries even though many motorcyclists wear a helmet.

If you or someone you love has been injured in this sort of collision, you need to seek the help of Florida motorcycle accident lawyers who understand how to hold those responsible for unreasonable harm accountable. Contact Bernstein & Maryanoff today to schedule a free initial consultation.