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Florida remains the deadliest state for motorcycles

Motorcyclists flock to Florida for the scenic roads and pleasant weather, while many of the state's residents bike to work or the beach on a daily basis. Unfortunately, motorcycles' popularity in the Sunshine State comes at a cost to finances and safety that can be unfairly passed on to the victims of accidents.

Florida leads the nation in motorcycle crash fatalities, with Hillsborough County arriving at the second spot in most dangerous counties across the state. Forty-eight motorcyclists were killed in traffic accidents in Tampa's home county in 2015, the last year with full statistics, second only to Miami-Dade County.

A recent surge in Florida motorcycle accidents made 2015 the most lethal year on record for the vehicle, with a 30 percent increase in deaths from the previous year. Incidents were centered around large cities, with high-speed highways as a secondary risk across the state.

Across the entire state of Florida, more than 600 people lost their lives on a motorcycle in 2015, with more than 9,000 people reporting injuries from a motorcycle crash. Motorcycles were involved in 20 percent of the state's lethal motor vehicle accidents, and while they are plentiful, they account for only 3 percent of Florida's registered vehicles.

The Florida Department of Health reported that the full year of motorcycle-related accidents cost victims and insurers more than $675 million in health care, with an average cost per victim of $83,676. Related costs can include lost wages during recovery and other expenses.

A legal advisor can help victims and their families recover from these costs. Settlements and court actions may recover these costs, as well as compensation for at-fault accidents.

Source: Space Coast Daily, "Florida Leads U.S. In Motorcycle Fatalities, 20 Percent of State’s Motor Vehicle Deaths," accessed Sep. 01, 2017

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