Riding a motorcycle in Florida is risky. The statistics from last year testify to that fact, as the state is number one in fatal crashes involving motorcycles. This weekend, all drivers should strive to avoid adding to those numbers, as "Bikefest" arrives just down the road from Ocala in Leesburg.
In our last post, we discussed how recently released data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration revealed that Florida saw 9,045 people injured in motorcycle crashes in 2015 and, for more distressing, that the state ranked number one in the nation for motorcycle fatalities that same year with 606.
At this time of the year, avid motorcyclists across much of the nation are undoubtedly marking the days off on their calendars and watching the local weather reports, eager to finally take their bikes out of storage after a long winter and back out onto the highway.
One of the first bills in the Florida legislative session this year is one that would require motorcycle riders to wear a helmet. Motorcycle fatalities increased last year by 28 percent, to 546. That total may make Florida the most dangerous state in the nation for motorcycle riders, as the state led the nation in 2013 with 460 deaths. With the large increase in fatal motorcycle crashes could again lead the nation with this tragic number.