Riding a motorcycle provides a sense of freedom like no other vehicle. Feeling the sun on your face and the wind whip around your body while you take on the open road is an experience that hooks many riders for life. While riding a motorcycle may be a fun and unique experience, it can also be incredibly dangerous. Unfortunately, accidents involving motorcycles are on the rise in Boynton Beach and across South Florida. If you or a loved one was injured in a Boynton Beach motorcycle accident, the experienced personal injury attorneys at Silver & Silver, P.A. can help. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 561-336-6331.
How Common are Motorcycle Accidents in Boynton Beach?
It’s hard to tell exactly how many motorcycle accidents occur in Boynton Beach every year. In 2015, the latest year statistics are available, there were 10,201 accidents involving motorcycles across the entire state of Florida. These accidents lead to the death of 584 people and injured over 9,000 others. Palm Beach County, in particular, is ranked fourth in the state for motorcycle accident deaths, trailing only Miami-Dade, Hillsborough, and Broward Counties.
Those statistics are shocking because of the percentage of motorcycle riders who are injured or killed when involved in a collision. Out of 10,201 accidents, over 9,500 involved the injury or death of a motorcycle driver or passenger. The statistics are a grim reminder that while riding a motorcycle can be a fun and rewarding experience, it can also be incredibly risky.
Boynton Beach Motorcycle Accidents Are On The Rise
According to AAA and the Palm Beach Post, motorcycle injuries and fatalities have increased significantly in Boynton Beach and Palm Beach County over the past few years. From 2013 and 2014, which saw only 19 and 17 fatalities respectively, deaths from motorcycle accidents in 2015 nearly doubled to 33. The number of people suffering non-fatal injuries has also risen.
There are many different reasons for the rise in accidents and injuries. First, Florida passed a law in 2000 which allowed drivers over the age of 21 to ride without a helmet. While many people enjoy the freedom of riding without a helmet, this has also lead to an increase in serious injuries and deaths.
Second, all motor vehicle drivers are more distracted with the advent of cell phones and may not be paying as much attention to the road. When a car or truck driver is not paying attention, he or she may not see a motorcycle in the vehicle’s blind spot or may fail to check for motorcycles before turning out onto the road. Because motorcycles are smaller than passenger vehicles, distracted drivers can easily miss a motorcycle on the road.
Get Help After a Boynton Beach Motorcycle Accident
When a passenger vehicle driver fails to look for motorcycles or causes an accident while driving distracted, that person can be held responsible for the motorcyclist’s injuries. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, the attorneys Silver & Silver, P.A., will review your case for free and help you decide the best course of action for your family.
If you or a loved one was injured or killed in a Boynton Beach motorcycle accident, don’t wait to get the help you need. You may be entitled to damages like compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. To find out more about your options, contact us today by calling 561-336-6331.