In the case of a serious motorcycle accident, without the added protection of the body of a car, crumple zones, and airbags, you could suffer serious injuries. An unfortunate number of these crashes cause life-altering or life-threatening injuries. Miami motorcycle accident lawyer Prosper Shaked discusses some statistics about these accidents, including the number of deadly motorcycle crashes each year in Florida. If you were injured in a motorcycle crash, or if a loved one was killed in a crash, contact Prosper Shaked Accident Injury Attorneys PA today to discuss your case.
How Many People Die in Motorcycle Crashes in Florida?
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle (FLHSMV) tracks data on fatal motor vehicle accidents. FARS, the Fatal Accident Reporting System, collects this data into usable forms. Most of the statistics discussed here come from this system.
In 2019, the most recent year with complete data, 550 people died as the result of a motorcycle accident in the State of Florida. There was a total of 8,895 motorcycle crashes in Florida in 2019. This means that 0.062% of the motorcycle crashes in Florida in 2019 resulted in a death. According to the the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there was a total of 5,014 fatal motorcycle crashes in the United States, meaning that Florida’s accidents account for around 11% of these fatal motorcycle accidents around the country.
Of these 550 total deaths caused by motorcycle accidents, 521 were individuals who were operating a motorcycle and just 29 were passengers. Of the 550 total deaths in 2019, a total of 257 of the individuals who died in motorcycles accidents were not wearing helmets! This means that 46.7% of the fatalities involved motorcycle riders who were not wearing helmets, nearly half of all the motorcycle accident deaths in Florida.
Here is a look at the FLHSMV crash dashboard for 2019. This dashboard shows the types and number of motor vehicle related accidents that occurred in 2019:
As you can see the in the FLHSMV Florida crash dashboard above, the chart states that there were 551 deaths caused by motorcycle accidents in 2019. This is one more death the FLHSMV’s 2019 annual report lists. This additional death is most likely an individual who did not succumb to their motorcycle accident injuries until after the 2019 annual report was finalized.
The Recent years have similar numbers of deadly motorcycle crashes, with 531 motorcycle accident fatalities in 2018 and 515 in 2017. Preliminary data from the FLHSMV crash dashboard is showing that there were approximately 516 motorcycle accident deaths in 2020. Over the past 10 years, the average number of people who died as the result of motorcycles accidents in Florida was between 500-600 people each year.
Suing for Wrongful Death in a Motorcycle Crash
If you lost a loved one to a motorcycle accident in Florida, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. This lawsuit can help you recover compensation for the end of life medical expenses and pain and suffering that your loved one faced. You can also recover the cost of funeral expenses, burial costs, and other expenses related to their death. These damages can help cover the cost of the following:
- Loss of consortium (for spouses);
- Lost companionship;
- Lost counsel;
- Lost income;
- Lost inheritances;
- Lost investments;
- And more.
These damages cannot replace a loved one, but they can help your family keep going if the family member you lost provided for your family.
You can sue for the death of immediate family members, including spouses, parents, and children. If you do not share one of these relationships with the deceased, you may still be able to recover compensation if you were a dependent of the deceased, such as a sibling, grandparent, or aunt or uncle that they took care of.
When filing a wrongful death suit, you must prove that the accident was the other driver’s fault. This involves pointing to traffic laws that they violated or other unsafe driving habits that lead to the crash. Things like drunk driving, distracted driving, texting while driving, and other serious driving issues can be clear ways to prove fault. However, even more mundane issues like speeding or running a red light could show the other driver was at fault.
Many serious accidents involve errors from both drivers. If your loved one was partly liable for the crash, e.g., because they were speeding, you can still recover compensation for their loss. Under Florida law, these damages are reduced by the percentage of fault that the victim shared, but you can still recover damages proportional to the at-fault driver’s share of the harm.
Call Our Miami Motorcycle Accident Lawyer for a Free Consultation
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident or a family member was killed in a motorcycle crash, contact Prosper Shaked Accident Injury Attorneys PA today. Miami personal injury lawyer Prosper Shaked offers free consultations, which help victims and their families understand what they might be entitled to and how their case can proceed. For help with your case, call our law offices today at (305) 694-2676.