Florida transportation agencies must analyze the reasons for a disturbing increase in motorcycle accident fatalities in the state last year. According to the Governor’s Highway Safety Association, there was actually an increase in the number of these fatalities last year. During the first 6 months of 2010, there were 205 motorcycle accident deaths in the state of Florida, and that number increased to 215 deaths in the first 6 months of 2011. When you analyze the data for the first 9 months of last year, you find that there were 303 fatalities in 2011, compared to 292 the previous year during the same period of time.
Overall, there has been no change in the number of motorcycle accident fatalities across the United States. These are preliminary statistics, but the final numbers are expected to indicate more or less the same number of motorcycle accident fatalities as last year.
It's time for Florida transportation safety authorities to take a closer look at those statistics, and find out why progress made in reducing the fatality toll in the state was reversed last year. Over the past couple of years, Florida motorcycle accident attorneys have seen a slight decline in motorcycle accident fatalities, as the recession swept in, and dampened motorcycling enthusiasm. During the recession, fewer motorcycles were sold, and fewer motorcyclists wanted to bike recreationally.
The Governors Highway Safety Association warns that as the economy improves, and more motorcyclists take to the streets, we will likely see a further increase in fatality rates. A greater focus on motorcycle safety awareness among motorists, reducing DUI and distracted driving, and encouraging motorcycle helmet use would go a long way in helping reduce the fatality numbers in Florida.