Why You Should Always Wear a Motorcycle Helmet

Why should I wear a helmet?

You should wear a motorcycle helmet because 5,000 people are killed annually nationwide in motorcycle accidents and 53% of those motorcyclists killed in crashes were not wearing safety helmets. Those who survive motorcycle accidents may suffer life-changing injuries, such as:

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries/Brain damage
  • Fractures
  • Internal bleeding
  • Loss of limbs
  • Lacerations / Road rash
  • Disfigurement / Severe scarring

With more than 630,000 registered motorcyclists in the state of Florida (not including the out-of-state motorcyclists visiting throughout the year), Florida motorcycle accident statistics are scary. In 2011, 18.8% of all Florida motor vehicle deaths involved the driver and/or passenger of a motorcycle.

According to NCSA, 5,286 motorcyclists were killed on U.S. roadways in 2016, which is a 5.1% increase from 2015 (NCSA, 2018). In 2016, motorcyclist fatalities occurred 28 times more frequently than passenger vehicle fatalities in motor vehicle crashes when accounting for VMT (NCSA, 2017).

How much does a motorcycle helmet obstruct my view?

This is a well-documented myth that helmets don’t allow safe peripheral vision. In fact, all DOT-compliant helmets are required to provide at least 210-degree vision. Your normal peripheral vision is only about 180 degrees. Clearly, this is more than enough. In other words, everything you normally see will still be visible when you slap on your motorcycle accident.

Are motorcycle accidents increasing?

According to the Insurance Institute, motorcycle fatalities increased in 2016 for the second year in a row and are at the highest level since 2008, when 5,312 people died in motorcycle crashes.

The Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Florida drivers are required by law to adhere to safe driving practices in general, and specifically pertaining to motorcyclists with whom they share the road. Slight distractions, a moment of negligence or just bad decisions made by the driver of a motor vehicle can have devastating consequences for the driver, passenger or loved one on a motorcycle. The following factors are common causes of accidents that should result in contact with a motorcycle accident lawyer in Fort Lauderdale:

  • Failure to yield to a motorcycle
  • Following too close behind a motorcycle
  • Impaired, distracted and/or negligent driving
  • Erratic or aggressive driving
  • Cutting off a motorcycle rider
  • Neglecting to allow a motorcyclist full use of a lane of traffic

What type of insurance coverage applies in Motorcycle Accidents?

Florida No-Fault Law does not apply to motorcycle accidents. In the state of Florida, the $10,000 (for medical treatment and/or lost wages) Personal Injury Protection benefits (PIP) are NOT available to those who have been injured as a driver or passenger on a motorcycle. In the unfortunate circumstance that you are injured in a Tampa motorcycle crash due to the recklessness or negligence of another driver, call the Tampa motorcycle accident attorney Martin Hernandez at Fernandez and Hernandez at 813-229-5353.

Motorcycles can be hard to see. Drivers – pay attention when driving around motorcyclists and give them extra space. Riders – be seen. Wear bright colors and reflective gear, and make sure to use your headlight and tail lights at night. #SharetheRoadFL #ArriveAliveFL

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