May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in Florida, and authorities are taking the opportunity to remind motorcyclists and drivers to be careful and alert to sharing the road.
The Numbers behind Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month
Fatalities related to motorcycle accidents continue to increase. In 2011, 4,612 motorcycle riders died in the United States, representing an increase of 2 percent over the rate for 2010. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, fatalities of motorcyclists have gone up every year for the last 14 years, with the exception of 2009.
The fatalities for 2011 represented approximately 14 percent of all automotive deaths for the year, even though motorcycles only account for 3 percent of the vehicles on the roadway. Proponents for Motorcycle Safety Awareness month hope to raise awareness in an attempt to decrease the number of fatalities and serious injuries that are attributed to motorcyclists.
Trends in Motorcycling
A spokesperson for the Florida Department of Transportation reports that more individuals are riding motorcycles today. Approximately 18 percent of the fatalities in automotive accidents in Florida are from motorcyclists who make up 3.6 percent of the motorists on the roadway.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents result due to a number of factors. Some common causes include:
- Lack of visibility
- Overestimating abilities
Focus During Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month
The Cape Coral Police Department says that their focus will be on motorcycle riders and passenger safety. They will inspect safety equipment on motorcycles, such as rearview mirrors, reflectors and lights. They will also look for violations of traffic laws.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists are approximately 30 times more likely to die in an automotive accident, compared to drivers and passengers in other vehicles.
Head injuries are the most common cause of death for motorcycle accident victims. Approximately 27 percent of motorcycle fatalities in Florida in 2011 were associated with traumatic brain injuries. Using helmets is associated with a 39 percent effectiveness rating.
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