Causes Of Clearwater Motorcycle Accidents

Florida Motorcycle Accidents

The Florida Highway Safety[1] and Motor Vehicles Traffic Safety Facts provides that in 2009 there were 8,202 injuries caused by motorcycle accidents, with 402 fatalities. The report further provides that in 2009:

  • Fatalities of people age 45 to 54 accounted for almost 23% of all motorcyclist fatalities.
  • Almost 19% of motorcyclists killed fall into the 25 to 34-year-old category.
  • Just over 17% of motorcyclist fatalities were ages 35 to 44.
  • Older citizens, 65 years old and older, account for 6% of the fatalities.
  • Motorcyclists under the age of 21 make up almost 6% of motorcyclist fatalities.
  • 11 percent of all roadway accidents that occur in the United States involve motorcycles.
  • Head injury is the leading cause of death in motorcycle crashes.

Types of St. Petersburg Motorcycle Collisions

Based upon these statistics, it is critical for motorcyclists to understand the different types of motorcycle accidents and their causes:

  • Head-On Collisions: Head-on impacts occur when the front ends of two vehicles crash into each other. These accidents can occur when one vehicle veers off into oncoming traffic and causes a head-on crash with oncoming vehicles. Head-on collisions involving motorcycles often result in catastrophic injury or death. Unfortunately, this type of accident is not uncommon. Head-on crashes occur more frequently than rear-end impacts. Even if the motorcyclist avoids a head-on collision with another vehicle, the quick maneuvers that a rider would have to execute may cause a loss of control and an accident.
  • Cars Making Left-Hand Turns: 42 percent of fatal accidents involving a motorcycle involve a left-hand turn in front of a motorcycle, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association[2].   One such collision occurred on February 14, 2016, when a motorcyclist was killed[3] in Mulberry when an SUV pulled out into the roadway directly in front of him. Polk County deputies said that the 43-year-old driver of the motorcycle, a resident of Seffner, was traveling westbound on State Road 60 on his 2012 Yamaha motorcycle when the incident occurred. As the motorcycle approached Coronet Road, a 2004 Ford Explorer driven by a 23-year-old  woman, turned left from Coronet onto SR 60. The motorcycle struck the Ford Explorer’s driver’s side just behind the driver’s door.  The motorcyclist was declared dead at the scene by emergency responders. The vehicle driver was transported to Lakeland Regional Health, where she wastreated for minor injuries.
  • Lane Splitting: Lane-splitting is the practice of riding between lanes of traffic or sharing a lane with another motor vehicle.  In the state of Florida, lane splitting is not authorized.  Section 316.209 of the Florida Statute[4] provides that an operator of a motorcycle shall not overtake and pass in the same lane occupied by the vehicle being overtaken.
  • Road Hazards: Due to the smaller size and less stable nature of the motorcycle, motorcycles face higher dangers from road hazards than do cars and other vehicles. Some examples of these road hazards include:
  • Potholes
  • Dead animals
  • Slick pavement conditions
  • Uneven heights between lanes
  • Other irregularities or unexpected objects on the road
  • Construction debris
  • High-Performance Motorcycles: High-performance motorcycles account for a disproportionate number of motorcycle accidents and fall into two categories:
  • Super-sport motorcycles. Super-sport motorcycles are built on racing platforms that are modified for highway use. Because these motorcycles are lightweight and have high-horsepower engines, they can drive up to 160 mph. Further, many super-sport motorcycle riders are under the age of 30, another contributing factor to the higher accident rate since younger motorcycle riderstend to be less cautious and take more risks than older riders.
  • Sport motorcycles. Sport motorcycles are similar to super-sport motorcycles, but have a lower power to weight ratio. Drivers of sport motorcycles tend to be under the age of 34.

Other Causes of Tampa Motorcycle Accidents

Other causes of Florida motorcycle accidents can include:

  • Poor weather conditions
  • Not utilizing a turn signal
  • Ignoring traffic conditions
  • Ignoring traffic signs
  • Disobeying speed limitations
  • Driving on the wrong side of the road
  • Not seeing a motorcyclist due to glare or other view obstructions
  • Inexperienced motorists
  • Vehicle defects
  • Intentional hostile actions

Contact a Clearwater Motorcycle Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one were involved in a motorcycle accident, it is important to speak to a Clearwater motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible.  At the Dolman Law Group in Clearwater, Florida, our team of highly skilled motorcycle accident attorneys have helped many victims obtain the recovery they deserve for their injuries and related losses. Please call our office at 727-451-6900 today.

Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 3375
(727) 451-6900



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