A 46-year-old from Fort Lauderdale was seriously injured in a recent motorcycle accident that happened in Glades County. According to Florida News Zap, the cyclist was heading west on 731 just after 1:00 p.m. when he failed to negotiate a left-hand curve. The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) reports that the biker left the roadways, slammed into a traffic sign and flipped over.
He was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital where he was listed in critical condition. Accident reports indicate that he was wearing his helmet when the crash happened.
Our Fort Lauderdale motorcycle accident lawyers understand that it’s that time of year again when we see a surge of motorcyclists on our roadways. The spring season brings out two-wheeled motorists from around the nation — and many of them head to the Sunshine State. That’s why we’re asking motorists of all types to be on the lookout. Safe and alert driving habits can help to save lives.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were more than 4,500 motorcyclists killed in traffic accidents in the U.S. in 2010. In addition to those fatalities, there were another 80,000 motorcyclists who were injured in the same incidents.
Unfortunately, these numbers are on the rise.
In the state of Florida, there were more than 360 motorcycle riders killed in 2010. That’s a number that’s far too high! As a matter of fact, we were ranked as the second most dangerous state in the country for these kinds of accidents. In 2010, we saw close to 7,500 motorcycle accidents.
But who’s at risk?
According to Ride Smart Florida, drivers between the ages of 45 and 54 are most likely to be injured and killed in a motorcycle accident. Following closely behind were the riders who were between the ages of 25 and 34.
Regardless, motorcyclists of all ages need to be careful out there. As you may have noticed, we can’t rely on the safe driving habits of others to keep us safe. We’ve got to take matters into our own hands and drive defensively to stay out of harm’s way.
Make sure you’re aware are abiding by the speed limit. You also want to make sure you stay out of drivers’ blind spots, always use a blinker, never travel too closely to other vehicles and be cautious when changing lanes. All of these scenarios prove to be alarmingly dangerous for our two-wheeled friends.
While “sharing the road” has been encouraged for many years now, there are still a number of drivers who fail to recognize the presence of motorcyclists on the roadways. This lack of recognition triggers some of the most devastating accidents seen throughout the country.
Be safe, be cautious and be alert out there!
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident, contact Fort Lauderdale Accident Lawyer Richard Ansara at 954 761-3641 or toll-free at 877-277-3780 for a free and confidential consultation.
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