A man lost control on a motorcycle early Thursday morning on the State Road 312 bridge in St. Augustine, according to police.
He was reportedly racing a car on the well-traveled bridge when he lost control around 1 a.m. But this time the rider was lucky. He was flown to Shands Medical Center in Jacksonville and had a possible broken arm and leg. No word on whether he was wearing a helmet.
Charges may be pending against the motorcyclist. There is no word on what happened to the car he was racing. This was the third crash on the SR-312 bridge this week.
In 2000, when Florida eliminated the legal requirement that motorcycle riders wear helmets, if they are over the age of 21 and carry at least $10,000 in medical insurance, motorcycle fatalities increased by 81 percent. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports there was a 40 percent increase in the number of injured motorcyclists admitted to hospitals.
If you think this doesn’t affect you, think again.
The average head injury treatment was more than $45,000 a decade ago and head-brain-skull injury treatment averaged more than $428,000. By the years 2001 and 2002, those numbers had increased to more than $610,000. Fast-forward seven years and you can see how the cost of treating injuries following a motorcycle accident is an unnecessary burden on society.
No one is talking about wearing helmets on motorcycles as one way to improve health care and conserve costs. Maybe they should be. We hope this man recovers from his injuries and if he didn’t have a helmet on, he wears one the next time.
If you have sustained injuries in a St. Augustine motorcycle accident, the experienced St. Augustine motorcycle accident attorneys at Farah and Farah can provide you with the legal counsel you need in making important decisions regarding your case. Our lawyers have helped many injured motorcyclists receive compensation from negligent drivers for their calamities brought on by the collision. Contact Farah and Farah today for a free consultation.
Source reports: http://www.news4jax.com/news/20577756/detail.html; http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/injury/pedbimot/motorcycle/FlaMCReport/pages/Index.htm