Florida roads are among the most deadly in the nation, with hundreds of motorcycle and truck accident fatalities and thousands more injuries occurring each year.
In 2016, 586 people died from motorcycle accidents in Florida, which was the highest number of motorcycle fatalities of any state. In comparison, California, which has nearly double the population of Florida, saw 548 deaths.
A majority of these deaths were preventable, with a variety of risky driving behaviors contributing to a large number of them. These behaviors include:
- Driving without a proper motorcycle license
- Riding a motorcycle or driving car after drinking or doing drugs
- Not wearing a helmet
- Failing to yield at an unprotected left
- Driving aggressively
That same year, there were 275 fatalities in Florida in accidents involving large trucks. A number of factors cause truck accidents, including:
- Risky driving behaviors such as lane changing, failing to yield, tailgating, or speeding
- Distracted driving
- Truckers driving while fatigued
- Improperly secured truck cargo
These are just some of the contributing factors that can lead to a crash, and the person at-fault varies on a case-by-case basis. Regardless of who is behind the wheel, negligent drivers can change – or end – a person’s life in an instant and leave loved ones devastated.
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a motorcycle or truck accident, you can turn to the personal injury lawyers of Baron, Herskowitz, and Cohen for the legal representation you need. Consultations can be requested through an online contact form or, for a more immediate response, by calling the office directly at (305) 670-0101.