This past weekend, tens of thousands of bikers, motorcycle enthusiasts
and curious visitors descended on Daytona Beach to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Biketoberfest. Despite cloudy skies and a bit of rain,
event-goers were able to enjoy live music, motorcycle races, and scenic
ride-alongs the entire weekend.
Unfortunately, with the sheer amount of bikers on the road, accidents were
bound to happen.
A motorcyclist who died in a hit-and-run on Sunday was the sixth biker
killed in three days in Central Florida. On Friday, three men died in
Volusia County; two in a multiple-vehicle collision and another after
losing control of his bike. In Orange County, two people were killed after
a car suddenly pulled in front of their motorcycle.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Florida
leads the nation in motorcycle deaths. In 2015, 606 motorcyclists were
killed, a figure 30% higher than the year before. One of the reasons this
number has risen is because in Florida, motorcyclists are not required
to wear a helmet while riding, as long as they are over 21 years old and
have medical insurance coverage of at least $10,000.
If you are a motorcyclist in Florida, it is crucial that you wear a helmet
every time you ride. Statistics show that helmets are about 37% effective
in preventing motorcycle deaths and 67% effective in preventing brain
injuries. In addition to helmets, you should also wear other appropriate
safety gear; gloves, long sleeves and thick pants can protect you from
road rash if you are thrown from your bike.
You should also be adequately insured to help pay for the costs of any
injuries and damages incurred in an accident. One type of insurance that
is constantly overlooked is Uninsured Motorist (UM) coverage. While it
is not required in Florida, UM insurance protects you from uninsured and
underinsured drivers by paying for medical bills, lost wages, long-term
nursing care, and pain and suffering; best of all, it’s relatively
Lastly, you need to make sure that you stay visible when on the road, perform
regular inspections of your motorcycle, never drive while tired, watch
for less-experienced riders at large events and plan ahead when riding
in a group.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident, contact
Todd Miner Law to speak with our
Orlando motorcycle accident attorney about your legal options.
Call (407) 269-5877 for a free consultation.