FORT MEYERS, FL – According to Winknews.com, a crash caused delays on Interstate 75. Reports indicate that a motorcycle accident took place in Fort Meyers causing the closure of the right lane.
Motorcycle accidents often lead to more severe injuries than automobile accidents because motorcyclists have fewer protections than people traveling in the shell of an automobile. Motorcycles are involved in more crashes because they require more skill to ride, and more vulnerable to obstacles in the road and because they can frequently be overlooked by people driving cars or larger vehicles. In many cases, a driver will glance to see if there is a car, and then change lanes or turn without noticing that a motorcycle was there and had the right-of-way. Because of this, cars and other vehicles making left turns create a major hazard for motorcyclists because they can often cut them off.
Florida has more motorcycle accidents than any other state. The weather in the Sunshine State makes year-round biking a possibility which likely contributes to the high motorcycle death toll. According to the AAA, 606 motorcyclists died in Florida in 2015. Additionally, while motorcycles only account for about 3 percent of all vehicles that are registered in the state, about one out of every five motor vehicle-related deaths are motorcycle fatalities.
The three factors that led to the most motorcycle fatalities were speeding, drunk or drugged driving, and failing to wear a helmet. While most motorcyclists say that they wear helmets, observational studies indicate that fewer than half of them actually do. Failing to wear a helmet puts a motorcyclist at a higher risk of dying or suffering a traumatic brain injury.
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