A motorcyclist died in a fatal collision Sunday afternoon, January 8, in Live Oak. The 49-year-old man was traveling west on Bass Road on his 2001 Harley Davidson around 4 p.m. According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the biker failed to round a curve and ran off the roadway at the intersection of Walker Avenue. He was ejected from the motorcycle. An article in the Suwannee Democrat quotes the FHP as saying the man was not wearing a helmet.
Florida Motorcycle Deaths
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reports there were 376 motorcyclists killed in the state in 2010, the year of the most recent data, along with 26 passengers killed. Those numbers represent a steep decline in motorcycle accident deaths from the previous year. Additionally, the number of motorcycle crashes declined more than 13 percent from 2009 to 2010 when there were 8,313 motorcycle crashes.
When Florida repealed its helmet law in 2000, the number of motorcycle fatalities increased by 21 percent. Almost half of riders, 47 percent, failed to wear a safety helmet which is a biker’s only form of protection from traumatic head injuries in a motorcycle crash.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident in Florida or South Georgia, you will need to contact an experienced Florida motorcycle accident attorney. The Farah & Farah law firm does not assume the motorcyclist is to blame. We assess the facts of the accident and conduct a thorough investigation to advocate for your interests following a motorcycle collision. Call us at 1(800) 533-3555 so we can get started on your case before evidence and witnesses disappear.