The Florida Motorcycle Safety Coalition gathers data about motorcycle crashes in hopes of lowering the accident rate in the state. This organization also promotes safe riding strategies and advocates for motorcycle-friendly legislation.
Review the data to learn more about the pervasive problem of Florida motorcycle accidents.
Motorcycle fatalities in Florida reached a 15-year high of 584 in 2015. Since then, the numbers have slowly declined but remain well above the 2011 to 2014 average of 455 at 543 deaths on average from 2016 to 2018.
Proportion of motorcycle accidents
On average, 17.3% of traffic fatalities from 2016 to 2018 involved a motorcyclist. This average is below the peak proportion of 19.9% in 2015, but well above the average of 8.2% in 2001. Motorcycle crashes represent fewer than 4% of auto accidents on average since 2001 in Florida.
Motorcycle injuries and fatalities most commonly affected Florida drivers ages 22 to 29 from 2011 to 2018. Over that period, this age group represented 26% of serious motorcycle injuries and 29% of motorcycle fatalities. Motorcycle riders ages 50 to 59 were also at higher risk of serious injury or fatality than operators in other age groups.
Until 2000, Florida mandated helmet use for motorcycle riders. Biker fatalities in auto accidents have increased by 21% since the state repealed that law, highlighting the importance of helmets in preventing serious injury or death in a crash. However, only 51% of riders report regular motorcycle helmet use.
Drinking and driving
DUI-related motorcycle crashes have declined dramatically from 33.2% in 2011 to 17.7% in 2018. The risk for a crash increases five times with any alcohol consumption and increases 40-fold with blood alcohol content of 0.05% or higher.
When another motorist causes a crash that leads to serious injuries, you may be eligible for legal damages. In Florida, you have four years from the date of the accident to file this type of lawsuit.