Orlando Motorcycle Accident Study Shows Cars Mostly at Fault
A study done in August by the University of South Florida’s Center for Urban Transportation Research showed that drivers of cars are to blame for Orlando motorcycle accidents. A Florida Traffic Crash Statistics Report in 2010 revealed that over 8,000 motorcycle crashes occur in Florida and cyclists sustained over 7,400 injuries. The common argument for these accidents is vehicle drivers claiming motorcyclists are reckless – however, the university’s new study proves otherwise.
The study examined motorcycle accidents over a period of ten years and proved that motor vehicle drivers regularly fail to yield the right of way to motorcycles, commonly due to driver distraction. It was shown that motorists are responsible for about 60 percent of all motorcycle crashes.
Motorcycles have a right to Orlando roads just as motor vehicles do. Oftentimes, motorists are simply not paying attention to the road and are unaware of motorcycles near them. If a motorcyclist is injured in an accident with another motor vehicle, the risk for injury or death is great. Life-long injuries and long-term medical care can be necessary after a Florida motorcycle accident.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a Florida motorcycle accident, contact our office today to speak with one of our personal injury attorneys about your options.