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.
Before striking the victim, the driver of the truck hit another car while backing out onto 30th Avenue. The driver fled that scene at a high rate of speed, according to investigators, then hit the motorcyclist. The driver of the truck faces charges of DUI causing serious bodily injury, DUI with property damage and leaving the scene of a crash involving injuries.
Unfortunately, DUI accidents are common in Florida. According to the most recent Traffic Crash Facts Annual Report published by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were:
- 17,258 alcohol-related/suspected crashes resulting in 877 fatalities and 12,066 injuries.
- 1,798 drug-related/suspected crashes resulting in 200 fatalities and 1,435 injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a DUI accident, truck accident, car accident or motorcycle crash, contact the Capaz Law Firm to speak with an experienced attorney. We are dedicated to helping victims get justice when they’ve been injured by a negligent driver in any kind of accident. We will fight to hold the negligent party accountable and seek compensation for your injuries. Call 813.440.2700 for your free consultation.