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Florida leads nation in motorcycle deaths

Florida leads the nation in motorcycle deaths, according to statistics recently released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, based on 2007 motorcycle accidents.

Tragically, 537 motorcycle riders died in Florida last year — far more than anywhere else in the United States. In fact, more than twice as many riders died in Florida than any other state in the country except California (495) and Texas (375).

Florida motorcyclists are encouraged to visit www.flbikers.com for information on motorcycle safety and Florida motorcycle licensing information, area locations for rider safety courses and area motorcycle events and other information dedicated to Florida motorcycle enthusiasts.

“We want you, as a rider, to experience the ride of your life each time you get on your bike, without any chance of an accident,” said Bruce L. Scheiner, the sponsor of www.flbikers.com and founder and senior attorney of Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner, Personal Injury Lawyers, a firm with four decades of experience fighting for the rights of motorcycle accident victims.

Florida motorcycle deaths have skyrocketed in the last 10 years – from 158 in 1998 to more than 500 in each of the last two years, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

Nationwide, motorcyclist were about 35 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash.

Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner, Personal Injury Lawyers, offers free consultations to injured riders and their families throughout Southwest Florida. The firm has offices in Naples, Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Port Charlotte, Arcadia, Sebring and Venice and can even arrange to meet you in your home or hospital room.

National Motorcycle Crash Statistics:

* Half of all motorcycle fatalities involved a motorcycle colliding with another vehicle – in 78 percent of those, the motorcycle was struck in the front – only 5 percent in the rear.

*One in four motorcycle fatalities involved the motorcycle striking a fixed object, such as a tree or guardrail.

*In almost half the fatal crashes a vehicle turning left crashed into a motorcycle coming up from behind – either passing or overtaking the vehicle. Motorcyclists should use extreme caution when approaching a vehicle turning left and should avoid riding along a vehicle’s left side whenever possible.

*One in four motorcycle riders involved in a fatal crash had an invalid motorcycle license. Visit www.flbikers.com for information on getting licensed and completing the mandatory safety course. Don’t become a statistic!

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