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NHTSA Says There Were 530 Florida Motorcycle Fatalities in 2007

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has issued its motorcycle traffic safety facts for 2007. Nationally, 5,154 motorcyclists died while 103,000 others survived motorcycle accidents with injuries. 530 of last year’s motorcycle deaths occurred in Florida. More 2007 Motorcycle Accident Facts: • There were 2,332 deadly two-vehicle collisions involving a motorcycle and another motor vehicle. • In traffic accidents involving a motorcycle and another vehicle, 78% of the motorcycles were hit in the front. • 5% of the motorcycles were hit from the back. • Motorcyclists are more likely than other motorists to die in a collision with a nonmoving object. • 36% of motorcyclists involved in deadly traffic crashes were speeding. • Helmet use saved 1,784 motorcycle riders. • Another 800 motorcyclists would have survived their traffic accidents if they had worn helmets. Motorcyclists are prone to catastrophic injuries in traffic accidents. Recent Florida motorcycle accident victims include: • 19-year-old Christopher Miller, who suffered serious injuries when the motorcycle he was a passenger on crashed into a guardrail in Pensacola on Monday. 19-year-old Troy Dean, who was driving the motorcycle, died from his injuries. • On Saturday, motorcyclist Jonathan Farro was seriously injured after he was thrown from his motorcycle during a collision with a car. Motorcyclists do not have anything but protect them from the impact of colliding with a fixed object or another vehicle. The state of Florida does not require adult motorcyclists to wear helmets. If you or someone you love was seriously injured in a Florida motorcycle accident, the responsible party can be held liable in civil court. Motorcycle driver in serious condition after crash, Gainesville.com, October 13, 2008 Related Web Resources: Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Contact The Law Office of John D. Ameen, P.A. to schedule your free consultation with one of our South Florida motorcycle crash lawyers.

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