Florida Is The Place To Avoid When Riding A Motorcycle

According to the AAA and to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in terms of numbers, Florida is the place NOT to ride a motorcycle. That is because it’s where you’ll find the most motorcycle related deaths; more than any other state.
Their numbers don’t even look at population ratios, it’s pure THE biggest numbers. In 2015, 606 bikers died, 30% more than in 2014. Bikes represent only 3% of all vehicles, but unfortunately represent 20% of fatalities.
Miami-Dade County is the worst in Florida with 67 fatalities.
Of course the famous Bike Week in Daytona is one reason the figures spike, but it’s not the only thing. According to the authorities, riding without a helmet is one enormous high factor (40% of bikers killed did not wear a helmet), but I would question that.
Not riding with a helmet might not be smart, but it can never be the reason there was a crash. The crash occurred because of something else, the fatality occurred because of the biker riding without a helmet; cause-and-effect.
Having lived many years in Florida, I expect one of the main reason that there are so many crashes are the senior citizens who can no longer see properly, who ride big tanks and swerve over the road, not seeing the biker who is passing. I went down myself once because of it, and the senior citizens kept on driving, oblivious to what had happened.
So, there you go, now you know where NOT to ride.
Tell me, am I exaggerating, or does it make sense?
Source: Orlando Sentinel

5 Comments to Florida Is The Place To Avoid When Riding A Motorcycle

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I would suspect that the year round riding climate could factor in as well. You'd have to show me some statistics that show most fatal bike accidents also included seniors. Case in point, just last week a crotch rocket pilot was killed in an accident when his 85+ mph speed put him in contact with a lady on a cell phone while taking her children to school. Killed three people in that accident. Everyone paid the price for those two bad choices.

7/24/2017 at 11:39 am

There should be a few categories.... Crashes - only w/stationary object. Collision - only w/moving object. Collision - cyclist hit by something. Collision - cyclist hit something. Fatality - w/helmet. Fatality - w/o helmet Fatality - w/o helmet relevant. Why are there so many motorcycle incidents?

7/24/2017 at 12:02 am

It could also be due to the fact that you may ride all year long, unlike other states. Therefore more rides more accidents!

7/24/2017 at 2:19 am

I was born and raised Miami ('55), moved to LA when I was 25. Lost a few pals to MC deaths growing up. Folks in FL are NOT bike concious like LA. In LA the cops split lanes, too.

7/24/2017 at 6:06 am

I rode up in the North East most of my life ( Over 40 Years ) up until 4 years ago when I move to South Florida.. Had my share of "Close Calls" up North. But down here though, almost every time I go out.. People just don't look and or making really stupid moves.. Cut in front of you, slide right over to your lane, right on red without stopping and crossing 3 lanes, texting and simply having their heads up their ass.. Be Careful !! Always anticipate that the car up ahead is going to make a stupid move. 90% of the time, They Do..

8/28/2017 at 10:33 am