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440 Motorcyclists Died Last Year – Officials say “Share the Road”

FLORIDA – RNRF viewers know all too well, the number of serious injury and often fatal motorcycle accidents we have the unpleasant task of reporting. Last year, there were nearly 10,000 motorcycle crashes in Florida, resulting in 9,800 injuries and 440 deaths, according to State Officials.

When we post notice of these tragic accidents, it always leads to angry viewer comments and heated debate over who was responsible for the accident. Motorcyclists almost always blame the “cager” a term used to describe a passenger vehicle, and “cagers” usually say it was the reckless biker’s fault.

Rather than lay blame on one side or the other, the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and the Florida Department of Transportation have begun a new campaign designed to provide helpful information for both drivers and riders.

May is now recognized as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and officials are asking everyone to Share the Road, in an effort to reduce the number of death and serious injury accidents.

The DHSMV and FDOT have provided the following helpful tips for motorcyclists and motorists:

Tips for motorcyclists:

  • Make yourself more visible to motorists: Wear bright colors.
  • Always wear safety gear.
  • Train regularly.
  • Stay out of blind spots, especially around large trucks. The smaller the vehicle, the more difficult it is for truck drivers to see it.
  • Obey the speed limit. Twenty percent of speed-related motorcycle crashes (46) in 2014 resulted in a fatality.
  • Always drive sober.
  • Inspect your motorcycle before each ride to ensure your safety by having it in good working order.

Reducing the number of motorcycle-involved crashes goes beyond training and prevention on the part of the motorcyclist. Motorcycles are vehicles with the same rights and privileges as any motor vehicle on the roadway.

Tips for drivers:

  • Always allow a motorcyclist the full lane width; never try to share a lane.
  • Check for motorcycles by looking in your mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic and at intersections. Remain extra vigilant when entering or crossing intersections. In 2014, 15 percent (66) fatal motorcycle-involved crashes occurred within an intersection.
  • Do not tailgate. Allow more following distance when following a motorcycle, so the motorcyclist has enough time to maneuver or stop in an emergency.
  • Eyes on the road, hands on the wheel, and mind on driving – don’t drive distracted.
  • Always drive sober.

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  • Hey ya’ll, I have no remorse for some of these cycle biker peoples, Ya’ll think it’s 100% to fly 200mph yonder? or trying to cut off these people who makes meat and bread time to time? I thank it’s the triker biker people who does it wrong when they cut in and out of the peoples and try to blame it on the peoples. Cant see ya’ll little cyclers people if your doing 1 trillion miles per second! I reckon we calm it down and slow the little 2 strokes to a 1 strokes. ya’ll have a beautiful days 🙂

    Sunday, 3 May 2015, 9:55 pm
    • Wow after trying to read and understand your stupidity Please put a sign on your vehicle so motorcycles and others to steer clear of you.

      Saturday, 9 May 2015, 2:04 am
  • I’m a life long rider. People…please just do me one favour that will save many lives…please please stay off your cell phones while driving!!!

    Saturday, 2 May 2015, 8:24 pm
  • OMG not wearing a helmet is a choice. Each rider has an individual decision to wear or not to wear. You can thank Hernando county resident and former state reprisenative Dave Russell he single handedly passed the no helmet law. He also owns Russell’s pool service center on springhill Dr.

    Saturday, 2 May 2015, 5:43 pm
  • People have no respect for bikers. I also believe that the helmet law should come back into law. And everyone is in a hurry today, even if it is just to get to the next red light. SLOW DOWN PEOPLE!!!

    Saturday, 2 May 2015, 2:54 pm
    • We don’t need a helmet law; it’s just as ridiculous as seat belt laws. Please protect me from myself because I’m too stupid and need the government to tell me what to do…

      Saturday, 2 May 2015, 11:20 pm
    • After having a woman run a stop sign and being in the Surgical ICU for 14 days an then another 5 in the ICU at Bayonet Hosp., unless you want to be an ORGAN DONOR WEAR A FULL FACE HELMET. As far as the government being involved it would save more lives and in the end your loved ones are the people that get their hearts broken. CELL PHONES need to be put down and the use of them in a vehicle against the LAW! (No one is that important to call or text while driving) GET OFF THE ROAD to USE THEM! Please PAY ATTENTION follow the traffic laws at STOP SIGNS and Traffic Lights and other traffic signs. Keep your eyes on the road, everyone. Car and Trucks are the SIZE of a TANK compared to the TWO Wheeled or Pedestrians. My accident was so bad it made it on here.

      Saturday, 9 May 2015, 1:53 am
  • Great information in this article. Many of you that have seen me post know that I drive a motorcycle and am a hugh advocate for riders. But most of you miss that I am even a bigger Advocate for safer driving by ALL motorist. I have driven almost every type of vehicle known to man Motorcycles, Cars, Trucks, 18 wheelers to name the top 4 we share the roads with, and they all blame each other for their accidents. Here is the truth of the matter and is a very hard pill to swallow, YOU are responsible for YOU. Take a defensive driving course and learn what YOUR responsibility behind the wheel is all about. In every accident or incident on the road there are factors that all involved did to lead to the accident. I am not talking about FAULT, so please don’t give me the i wasn’t ticketed argument. Professionals who job it is to analysis accidents and incidents do what is called a “Root Cause Analysis” which is not to assign fault but is to find all the factors in an accident to better improve training and laws we all drive under. It is basically like peeling back an onion to get to the center. I am only telling you all this to help you better understand that everyone can improve their driving and YOU must worry about YOU. If you focus on you becoming and better driver at least half the problem is solved. One of the best things you can do for you and your loved ones is to google defensive driving techniques, learn them, and practice them until they become a habit.

    Saturday, 2 May 2015, 2:39 pm
  • Rhollyjr well said. I’ve been on many scenes involving motorcycles and also witness the wreck less driving of many motorcyclist I guess when your on a bike you have the need to speed and go between cars in traffic and weave in and out just to get to the light as I pull up next to you. So ya most these accidents are caused by the motorcyclist driving like they’re the only ones on the road.

    Saturday, 2 May 2015, 10:00 am
  • I’m not trying to wish any bad luck upon nobody, but some of these motorcyclist can TONE IT DOWN a taste. What I mean, the ones that does the HOT-Dogging stunts, riding between vehicles at a high rate of speed. It’s not a law to ride, it’s a privilege. STOP clowning around on these motorcycles & ride with a little more common sense & maybe we can cut down on some these accidents especially involving deaths. To Add; Where are the CAMPAIGNS at for situations likes. We need more

    Saturday, 2 May 2015, 1:37 am
    • Some of these car drivers can tone it down too… and maybe think about their route before getting on the road… How many times have I been almost hit by an idiot who cuts across three lanes of traffic, at the last minute, to get off at an exit instead of just waiting for the next exit? Too many to count, that’s why I have a GoPro to capture all these idiots in the act

      Saturday, 2 May 2015, 11:24 pm
  • This is a great idea.
    Thank you for posting this article, Tom Lemon!

    Saturday, 2 May 2015, 12:45 am

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