For more than 70 years, Daytona Beach has been the place to be each spring. Each March, an estimated 400,000 to 600,000 riders and at least that many vendors, food and beverage workers, law enforcement personnel and motorcycle enthusiasts fill the streets, bars, hotels and virtually every available space for food, fun, noise and lots of chrome. Daytona Bike Week attracts bikers and motorcycle aficionados from all over the world, many seeking a welcome respite from the snow and cold of their northern homes and a chance to soak in some rays in Central Florida. Over the ten days of the annual event, the excitement and crowds build until the last day, when the Daytona 200 motorcycle race is held.
Daytona Bike Week Motorcycle Accidents
Sadly, a sharp increase in the number of riders and visitors in town for Bike Week also leads to a sharp rise in the number of motorcycle accidents in the area. In 2006, 21 motorcyclists were killed in Daytona Bike Week accidents, the worst year on record, followed by 15 riders killed in 2000. These fatal motorcycle accidents receive lots of media attention, but the scores of riders seriously injured in accidents each year go largely unreported. Safety and law enforcement officials at the state, county and local levels proactively launch advertising campaigns each year, reminding drivers to be extra vigilant for motorcycles during Bike Week. However, each year, negligent drivers and riders injure dozens of riders who suffer serious injuries such as these:
- Broken arms and legs
- Skull fractures
- Neck and back injuries
- Abrasions severe enough to require extensive skin grafts
- Internal injuries
- Severed limbs
- Other critical injuries
Injured riders must often endure days and weeks of expensive medical care, which causes severe economic hardship for them and their families.
Experienced, Effective Daytona Bike Week Accident Attorney Since 1977
Data from the Florida Motorcycle Safety Coalition indicates that negligent drivers cause more than 60 percent of all Daytona Bike Week motorcycle accidents. If a negligent driver or rider injured you or a loved one and you would like to speak with an experienced Daytona Bike Week lawyer, call James O. Cunningham today at 386-243-4994 to schedule a free consultation. Call today to get the fair and just compensation you deserve!