Nothing beats the pure rush of riding a motorcycle, as any biker can attest. Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents are extremely common, and because motorcycles afford little in the way of protection to riders, serious injuries and deaths too often result. The Melbourne personal injury attorneys of Charpentier Law Firm, P.A., are dedicated advocates of bikers rights. We proudly represent injured victims of motorcycle accidents in court, fighting for the compensation to which they are entitled under the law.
Victims of Melbourne motorcycle accidents turn to Charpentier Law Firm, P.A., because of our extraordinary track record of success in handling personal injury claims. Our Melbourne motorcycle accident attorneys know how to present the strongest cases possible on behalf of injured bikers and their families. We expertly reconstruct accidents and work with trusted forensics and medical experts. As our many grateful clients can attest, we know how to win cases.
As a resource to bikers throughout Florida, we present some compelling statistics regarding motorcycle accidents, courtesy of the Florida Department of Transportation. These statistics are sober reminders that motorcycle safety is of paramount importance, especially given the number of distracted and careless drivers out there on our roads. Be vigilant, and ride safely.
Florida Department of Transportation Statistics
In December 2012, Chanyoung Lee, Ph.D., of the University of South Florida presented the following statistics to the Florida Department of Transportation:
- The number of Florida motorcycle injury accidents nearly doubled between 2000 and 2008.
- New rider training programs resulted in a better than 22 percent reduction in Florida motorcycle injury accidents between 2008 and 2010.
- In 2010, motorcycle accidents accounted for 14.3 percent of all fatal traffic accidents.
- The ratio of males to females in Florida motorcycle injury accidents in 2010 was 6,097 to 573.
- More riders between the ages of 45 and 54 were injured and killed in motorcycle accidents in Florida than riders in any other age group.
- In 2010, 6 percent of motorcyclists who were fatally injured in Florida motorcycle accidents were not residents of the state.
- Approximately 7 percent of the traffic in Florida is comprised of licensed motorcyclists.
- In Florida, where the mandatory helmet law was repealed in 2000, only about 50 percent of motorcyclists wear helmets.
- In 2009, 37 percent of fatal motorcycle accidents in Florida involved alcohol.
- In 2010, the median hospital charge for bikers injured in accidents in Florida was $55,748.
- The total hospital charges for the primary treatment of motorcycle accident injuries in Florida in 2010 was $348,138,344.
- Of the medical care provided to injured Florida motorcyclists in 2010, 51 percent was not covered by commercial insurance.
At Charpentier Law Firm, P.A., you can rest assured that you will never be treated like just another motorcycle accident statistic. If you or a member of your family has been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, or if someone you love was killed in such an accident, we urge you to contact our motorcycle accident attorneys in Melbourne today. We will fight for your right to collect compensation for the losses and expenses resulting from your motorcycle accident.