An Elkton, Florida man, Brandon C. Marlow, 22 was not wearing a helmet, when he slid his motorcycle under a car in St. Augustine last Tuesday. According to the Florida HighwayPatrol, Marlow was trying to avoid a vehicle when he forced the bike down. He was hospitalized in critical condition.
Marlow was lucky. Jerry Williamson, 42, died in February when he crashed his Harley Davidson into a car that turned into his lane in St. Pete Beach.
Benjamin Mower died last month in Florida when he crashed his motorcycle into a car. He was 19-years-old.
Florida tops California and Texas for the number of motorcycle deaths – 489 in 2008.
And today there are many more motorcycles on the road. The St. Petersburg Times tracked the numbers in an article. 350,000 motorcycles were sold in 1997, reports the Motorcycle Industry Council. The number rose to 1.2 million in 2006.
But what’s interesting is that the number of deaths from motorcycle accidents in Florida has declined slightly in recent years. The number of motorcycle deaths was actually higher in 2006 – 521 and 2007 – 517 deaths reported.
“We don’t have an explanation,” said Courtney Heidelberg of the state Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to the St. Petersburg Times.
There may be something to attribute to the “Ride Proud. Dress Loud” campaign statewide that encouraged motorcycle riders to dress in brightly colored clothes to increase their visibility. Also the state got more serious about safety by requiring all bikers to pass a basic safety course to get a license. However, many who die do so without the proper license.
Bottom line – If you are in a wreck when riding a motorcycle, you are 35 times more likely to die than in an accident while traveling in a motor vehicle. If you have any questions regarding motorcycle accidents in Florida, please contact the skilled Jacksonville motorcycle accident lawyers at Farah and Farah.