Tragic Florida Motorcycle Accident Highlights Importance of Helmet Use

by Carmen Dellutri on September 4, 2012

Sarasota accident attorneyAlthough motorcycle helmet use has increased significantly in recent years, Florida no longer requires them for all riders. As a result, many motorcyclists put themselves at serious risk for head injury every time they get on their bike.

A recent Florida motorcycle accident in Sarasota highlights what can happen when motorcyclists don’t wear a helmet. The rider was killed when his motorcycle overturned, and he struck his head against a landscaping boulder, according to Florida Highway Patrol.

If you still don’t wear a helmet every time you ride your motorcycle, we urge you to consider the following:

  • During 2008–2010, a total of 14,283 motorcyclists were killed in crashes, among whom 6,057 (42%) were not wearing a helmet.
  • In the 20 states with a universal helmet law, 739 (12%) fatally injured motorcyclists were not wearing a helmet, compared with 4,814 motorcyclists (64%) in the 27 states with partial helmet laws and 504 (79%) motorcyclists in the three states without a helmet law, according to the CDC.
  • Helmet use is estimated to prevent 37% of fatalities among motorcycle operators and 41% of fatalities among passengers.
  • The National Highway Transportation Safety Board estimates that in 2010, helmet use saved the lives of 1,544 motorcyclists, and an additional 709 lives might have been saved if all motorcyclists had worn helmet.

In addition, failing to wear a helmet can impact your rights to compensation should you be involved in an accident caused by the negligence of another driver. Under Florida law, the amount of damages you are entitled to recover may be decreased if the injury could have been avoided or lessened by wearing a helmet.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Port Charlotte accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Port Charlotte injury attorneys for a free consultation.


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