Florida was made for motorcycles. Our state has the weather, roads, and scenery to make any two-wheel rider smile. But, Florida can also be a dangerous place for the Sunshine State’s nearly 600,000 motorcycle riders.
What are Broadside Accidents?
Motorcycle riders are always vulnerable when in collisions with cars and other larger vehicles, but they are particularly vulnerable to broadside accident. Broadside accidents, also referred to as side impact collisions or T-bone collisions, occur when another vehicle hits a motorcycle from the side or pulls in front of a motorcycle at a perpendicular angle. Broadside accidents usually occur at intersections or when a cycle or vehicle is entering the street from a street or parking lot.
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A 62-year-old man was killed and his 58-year-old female passenger was injured when their motorcycle struck a raised center median. According to a News 4 Jax report, the fatal motorcycle accident happened on Longleaf Pine Parkway north of Roberts Road in Fruit Cove. Read the rest »
For another year, the streets of Daytona Beach rumbled at the sound of nearly 125,000 motorcycles rolling into town. This year’s annual Biketoberfest hosted a great weekend of rallies, live music, racing at Daytona International Speedway, food, family, and all things motorcycle. According to the Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Biketoberfest generates more than $15 million for the local economy.
Florida is a popular state for motorcycle riding. With our miles of ocean-front highway and great weather year round, seeing a group of bikers together is a common sight in the Sunshine State. This is why Biketoberfest and the Bike Week held every spring in Daytona Beach are world famous in the motorcycle riding world. Read the rest »
By all accounts, the long-time married couple and Jacksonville residents were a familiar sight as they rode together on their motorcycle in the area. Sometimes, the wife would read a book as she traveled as a passenger on the back of the Harley driven by her husband. Sometimes they even took their dog with them.
Now, the couple is gone, killed in a senseless motorcycle crash after a vehicle traveling the opposite direction on Florida 19 inexplicably went over the center dividing line and crashed into them head-on.
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The 7th annual Motorcycle Ride for Life, sponsored by Jacksonville’s MAD DADS, will be held in Jacksonville this Saturday, Sept 14.
The ride will go through some of Jacksonville’s highest crime areas where shooting, stabbings, and drugs are most prevalent. The idea behind the event is to make residents in those areas aware that they have not been forgotten.
“It’s a way to show them [the people that live in the neighborhoods along the route] that somebody cares.” The president of MAD DADS told the Florida Times-Union. He went on to say, “It is critical to let people know in those neighborhoods they aren’t in it alone.”
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In 2000, Florida repealed its law that required motorcyclists to wear safety helmets. As a result, helmet use dropped by half to about 52 percent of riders in 2002, reports the Sun Sentinel. Now, more than 10 years after the law’s repeal, state traffic officials say they have seen a slight uptick in the number of riders wearing their helmets.
A Department of Transportation (DOT) survey found that helmet use in 2010 was up slightly in Broward and Palm Beach counties to 55 and 47 percent, respectively. Safety campaigns that urge bikers to wear a helmet are credited with the increased use. In 2008, a state law mandated all motorcyclists take a training course before receiving the motorcycle rider endorsement on their driver’s license. Read the rest »
The Orlando Sentinel reports that it is not known why a 2007 Ford Explorer slammed into the back of a motorcycle westbound on Interstate 4 Sunday morning, October 16, in Deland around 4 a.m. The 34-year-old motorcyclist from Sanford was riding with a 32-year-old female passenger and, according to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the two were thrown from the bike when they were hit by the SUV and both riders were run over by two cars that did stop at the scene. Both the motorcyclist and his passenger were killed at the scene.
The driver of the Explorer did not stop; however, law enforcement found the car disabled a short while later about five miles from the crash. FHP is seeking a female “person of interest” wanted for questioning in connection to the crash. Read the rest »
A 45-year-old motorcyclist involved in a single-vehicle crash in New Port Richey on Tuesday evening, May 3, is fighting for his life. The biker was eastbound on Trouble Creek Road when the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) says his 2006 Suzuki veered off the road near Rowan Road. The St. Petersburg Times reports the man was traveling at a high rate of speed when he lost control and was thrown from the bike onto a concrete curb. He was taken to Bayfront Medical Center. His condition is reported to be life-threatening, and according to FHP, he was not wearing a helmet.
Let’s pray that this man pulls through his devastating injuries. Read the rest »
The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) on April 19 released the results of a new study that show motorcycle deaths declined in 2010, but not by much. From 2009 to 2010, motorcycle fatalities declined from 4,465 to 4,376 nationwide, nowhere close to the 16 percent drop between 2008 and 2009. The drop in 2009 was the first time in 11 years that motorcycle fatalities had dropped. The preliminary data covers the first nine months of 2009 and was submitted by GHSA members who predict the final numbers will reflect a decline in motorcycle fatalities in about half of the states.
Oregon and Oklahoma report deaths are down 27 percent and 30 percent while Florida had an increase of eight deaths during the first six months of 2010 from 198 in 2009 to 206 in 2010. Florida ranked among the top states for motorcycle fatalities during the first six months of 2010 along with New York (22), Ohio (15), Tennessee (12), and New Hampshire (11). Read the rest »
A motorcyclist is in critical condition after he collided with a motorist on Thursday, April 7, at an intersection in Orange County. The Orlando Sentinel reports that a 61-year-old driver from Orlando was traveling northbound on Jason Street when she stopped at the intersection with Lancaster Road. After she pulled her 2004 Chrysler forward, she was hit on the right side by a motorcycle driven by a 45-year-old Orlando man. He was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. The motorist was not injured in the Florida motorcycle accident. The biker was reportedly not wearing a helmet, according to a report by the Florida Highway Patrol.
Let’s hope the motorcyclist pulls through his injuries. At this time, there is no word on who might be at-fault for this collision, but an investigation by the FHP is underway and charges could be filed. Read the rest »