Preliminary data from the Governors Highway Safety Association indicates that the number of fatalities for motorcyclists increased approximately 10% in 2015. In other words, in the United States, 450 more bikers were killed on the road last year for an approximate total of over 5,000. In general, motorcycle deaths account for 15% of all motor vehicle fatalities.
May is Motorcycle and Bicycle Safety Awareness Month, and the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) is reminding all motorists of the important to share the road. Motorcyclists and bicyclists share the same privileges, rights and responsibilities as every other driver on the road. The roads belong to everyone; thus, it is important to be courteous when driving and to watch out for bicyclists and motorcyclists.
More than 500,000 people made their way to Daytona Beach, Florida, to attend the 75th Annual Daytona Bike Week. The ten-day event drew crowds of local Floridians, as well a lot of out-of- state visitors. One thing is for certain—Florida’s interstates and roadways contained a lot more motorcycles than usual.
On May 14, 2015, TampaBay.com reported that a pickup truck struck a motorcyclist and dragged the bike ten blocks, leaving the motorcyclist in critical condition.
The truck struck the motorcycle near 40th Street and dragged the bike ten blocks, leaving a trail of debris on the road. The motorcyclist was pushed for more than 100 feet.