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Florida leads the nation in motorcycle deaths

Motorcycles are a common sight throughout the country at this time of year, and Florida is no exception. In fact, bikers can be found on our state's highways and roads pretty much year-round.

Unfortunately, given the size of these bikes and how riders are exposed to the elements, motorcyclists are some of the most vulnerable drivers on the road. It is unfortunate that Florida leads the nation in motorcycle crash fatalities.

Motorcycle crash deaths on the rise only in Florida

According to a AAA study, 606 motorcyclists died in 2015, up 30 percent from state statistics for 2014. Motorcycles account for 3 percent of registered vehicles in Florida, but are involved in 20 percent of the state's vehicle fatalities.

Certain counties were more affected by motorcycle fatalities than others, as can be expected given population or number of bikers on the road. Miami-Dade County had the highest number, with 67 deaths. Both Orange County and Lee County tied for the sixth highest, with 26 fatalities.

Nationally, motorcycle fatalities were nearly cut in half between 2006 and 2014. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports deaths have decreased from 40 motorcyclists per every 100 million miles traveled to 23.

Ways to help reduce fatal accidents

There are steps both riders and motorists can take to make the roads safer for motorcycles. Below are some motorcycle safety tips from AAA that may help.

For motorcyclists:

  • Wear helmets that meet established safety standards
  • Wear property eyewear, clothing and footwear
  • Keep headlights and taillights on at night, at dusk and when it rains
  • Stay three to four seconds behind vehicles
  • Check for oncoming traffic before passing, and signal your turn
  • Check rearview mirror to ensure the vehicle you passed is a safe distance behind before merging back into the lane
  • Refrain from alcohol or drug use while riding
  • Obey traffic signals and don't speed

For motorists:

  • Provide motorcycles enough room and follow at least three to four seconds behind them
  • If a motorcycle is nearby, check mirrors carefully before changing lanes
  • Never try to share a lane with a motorcycle
  • Allow motorcyclists extra room to slow down, stop or adjust their lane positions, particularly in areas with potholes, railroad crossings or with uneven pavement
  • Use extra caution on weekends when more motorcycles may be on the roads

Common causes of motorcycle fatalities

Although there can be many variables involved in fatal motorcycle crashes, the most frequent causes are impaired driving, speeding and not wearing a helmet. The AAA study found that, although the majority of bikers claim to wear a helmet, only about 47 percent are actually seen doing so while driving.

In Florida, it is legal to ride a motorcycle without a helmet, which could be a major factor in the higher fatality statistics. NHTSA data backs this up, as about 40 percent of motorcycle riders killed in crashes between 2013 and 2015 were helmetless.

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