Motorcycles have become increasingly popular during the last decade. According to the Motorcycle Industry Council, more than 1.1 million bikes were sold in 2008. The need for less expensive transportation has accounted for a large portion of these sales. With more bikes on the roadways in Florida, more motorcycle accidents have occurred in the last few years, leading many injury victims to seek the assistance of a Tampa personal injury attorney.
A large trend that has been occurring in Florida for several years is the increased rate of fatalities for motorcycle accident victims. Florida repealed its universal helmet law in 2000. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has indicated that the death rate of motorcyclists for every 10,000 registered motorcyclists has risen by 21 percent for all motorcyclists after the law was repealed. This repeal has also affected the cost to treat injured victims, which rose from $21 million to $50 million for head, brain and skull injuries in Florida.
While the young were particularly susceptible to sustaining injuries shortly after the repeal of the universal helmet law, they were not the age group with the most fatal injuries. In 2010, more riders between the ages of 45 and 54 were fatally injured or injured in motorcycle accidents in Florida than any other age group.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has reported findings regarding the cause of motorcycle accidents. It cites that nearly half of motorcycle accidents result in single-vehicle accidents that do not involve any other passenger or other type of vehicle. Many of these accidents involved speeding and/or the use of alcohol.
In 2009, alcohol was involved in approximately 37% of all motorcycle crashes. Florida motorcyclists who had any alcohol in their system were five times more likely to wind up in an accident. Passenger driver error was the cause of many multiple-vehicle accidents. The passenger vehicle more often ran a traffic signal or turned left in front of a motorcyclist in head-on collisions.
The cost to treat motorcycle injuries has become significant. The total expenses to treat motorcyclists injured in motorcycle accidents in 2010 in hospitals was $348,138,344, with the median hospital charge per motorcyclist at $55,748.
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