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Motorcycle Laws and Fatalities in Florida

Over the last twenty years, the motorcycle fatality rate has nearly tripled, and not surprisingly since, the number of riders has increased commensurately. This has stoked efforts toward curbing unnecessary motorcycle fatalities.

Now, the highways are replete with bumper stickers encouraging drivers to keep their eyes peeled for motorcyclists, who are sometimes hard to see. Although motorists as a group have developed a better awareness of this trend, the number of fatalities is not slowing down. And while motorists are more alert to the presence of riders than they were in the past, it's still motorcyclists themselves that control their fate more than anyone else. The allure of motorcycle riding, as previously mentioned, is as high as it has ever been, with television and cinema glorifying motorcycle culture, but you must remember that injuries from motorcycle crashes are reality, not fiction.

Though there are risks associated with operating any type of motor vehicle, riding a motorcycle is more dangerous. Motorcycle riders are not surrounded by a cabin of steel, like someone driving a car, truck, mini-van, or SUV that already raises the risk associated with riding a motorcycle considerably. Motorcycle riders are already likely to get into accidents 30 percent more than drivers of other vehicles. If riders were to observe some simple safety measures, like ride within the speed limit, wear protective gear such as a helmet and motorcycle armor, these staggering fatality rates could be curbed. Whatever you drive, you should drive it safe be it a car, truck, mini-van, SUV, or motorcycle.