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Rising Tide of Motorcycle Accidents in Florida: A Concern for the 2023 Holiday Season


We've all heard of Bike Week, Biketoberfest, the Daytona 500, and the up and coming Rolex 24 in Daytona Beach. However, frequent visitors and residents of Volusia County know how amazing the cooler Florida winter temperatures are! Especially here, in Daytona Beach -- the cool breeze is oftentimes accompanied by the sun. What's better than riding a motorcyle in such great weather?!


by Attorney Carolina Nunez, Esq.

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Cooler Florida temperatures also means that unfortunately, there is an increase in accidents on the roads. According to recent statistics -- the number of car accidents and motorcycle accidents during Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's tend to go up. Factors such as increased traffic, adverse weather conditions while driving down to Daytona Beach, and impaired driving contribute to this alarming trend.



Drunk driving and distracted driving are major contributors to these incidents. These statistics serve as a stark reminder of the importance of taking safety precautions during holiday travel on your bike allow for you to ride by minimizing the risks associated with potentially being involved in a motorcycle accident.


Recent Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years 2023 Statistics Reflect a Grim Reality Regarding Motorcyle Accidents in Daytona Beach


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Motorcycle Crashes in Florida


Data from 2022 shows that 6.4% of motorcycle crashes in Florida were fatal, a rate significantly higher than the 0.8% fatality rate for all traffic crashes​​. Notably, Miami-Dade County accounts for 7.5% of these fatalities, underlining the risks of riding in urban areas​​.

This is particularly worrying considering that over 28% of motorcycle crashes in 2021 involved alcohol​​.


Understanding Factors That Contribute to a Motorcycle Crash in Florida


Florida's high population and tourist influx contribute to the increased number of vehicles on the road, thereby raising the likelihood of accidents​​. The long distances traveled by bikers during the holiday season is another factor, as it can cause fatigue, increase tire pressure, and create road hazards​​. Before riding down to Florida -- make sure you make enough time for your route to be able to make frequent stops or even a nap to ensure that you are aware of your surroundings.


Safety Recommendations for Local, Snow-Bird, and all other Visiting Bikers to Daytona Beach



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Given these statistics, it's crucial for motorcyclists to adopt safety measures during the 2023 holiday season:


  • Always wear a DOT-approved helmet and highly visible clothing.


  • Avoid riding in heavy traffic and stay away from high-risk roads.



  • Be vigilant about other vehicles and practice defensive riding.


  • Avoid distracted riding -- eating, adjusting the radio, texting, or talking to your fellow bikers can contribute to an accident.


  • Avoid riding under the influence of alcohol -- if you're on Main Street in Daytona Beach, make sure you take time after either hitting the fun bars or the beach, take extra measures to avoid driving while intoxicated.


  • Seek additional training beyond the Basic Rider Course​​.


Plan Your Ride Ahead of Time


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Remember to plan your route in advance, prepare your motorcycle adequately, and practice riding driving habits.


  By taking the necessary steps to prevent motorcycle accidents, you can do your best to fill holiday travels with happiness, warmth, and unforgettable memories.



If You Have Been Injured in a Daytona Beach Motorcycle Accident -- Don't Settle for Less Than You Deserve -- Call Us Now:


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