Between March 6 and March 15 of 2015, thousands of motorcyclists visit Daytona Beach for the annual Bike Week. Bike week brings as much as $75 million into the economy and it is a great opportunity for around half-a-million motorcycle riders to enjoy the second largest motorcycle rally in all of North America.
Bike week, however, is not all fun and games. An accident lawyer in Orlando knows that there are significant risks to having so many motorcycle riders trying to share the road with drivers who may not be prepared for such a large influx of people. Fatalities happen every year at bike week, and those who experience injury or who lose loved ones in motorcycle collisions need to understand their legal rights if something goes wrong.
Daytona Bike Week Brings Collision Risks
According to WFTV 9, at least three motorcycle riders were killed during the 2014 bike week event. One victim was a 27-year old who had come to Florida from North Dakota and who was involved in a head-on collision with a vehicle. Other crashes involved pedestrians and intoxicated motorists, as well as a fiery collision that sent one motorcyclist to Halifax Medical Center and that shut the interstate down for several hours.
The death toll was actually down significantly in 2014 as compared with just a few years ago. The highest number of deaths ever to occur during a bike week event in Daytona happened in 2006. According to the Herald Tribune, there were 20 deaths over the course of that year. The 20 fatalities were one of the highest nationwide for a bike week. For two other major rallies in Sturgis and in Myrtle Beach, the records were 13 riders killed at each event.
Following this record number of fatalities, state and local agencies focused on trying to improve traffic flow, design safer routes, and correct hazardous road conditions before the bike week the following year. These efforts have helped to contribute to bringing the death toll down.
Still, any fatalities during what is supposed to be a fun event are too many. Motorists need to know the risks associated with bike week and need to make sure that they are respecting the rules of the road.
Drivers of passenger cars as well as motorcycles should be aware of the added risks with so many bikers coming into town for the event. Both motorcyclists and drivers of passenger vehicles need to ensure they remain sober while operating their vehicles, and that they follow the speed limits at all times. Drivers of passenger cars, who are often responsible for causing motorcycle crashes, also need to avoid distractions, be aware of the fact that motorcycles are harder to see in blind spots, and yield the right-of-way to riders when required by law. If drivers do their part to respect visiting motorcycle riders, hopefully this year's bike week can be a safe event for all involved.
Central Florida accident victims and families who lost loved ones can contact Orlando personal injury attorney Richard B. Troutman by calling 866-434-5770 or visit http://www.richardtroutman.com. Serving Orlando, Winter Park, FL and surrounding areas.