There are many Biketoberfest events held across the country each fall, but Biketoberfest Daytona Beach attracts the most riders, vendors and motorcycle enthusiasts by far. For four days each October, the event that began in 1992 attracts an estimated 125,000 riders and at least that many motorcycle fans from all over the world who come to Daytona Beach to eat, drink, have fun and indulge in biker culture. Despite public awareness campaigns warning drivers to be extra vigilant for riders during this event, there is a sharp rise in the number of riders and passengers injured and killed each year in Biketoberfest motorcycle accidents. Law enforcement agencies at the state, county and local levels have found that more than six in ten of these accidents are caused by drivers who claim that they did not see the riders before the accident.
Daytona Biketoberfest Motorcycle Accidents
Six riders and passengers were killed in motorcycle accidents during Biketoberfest Daytona Beach 2011. This tragic number is the worst in the nearly two decades of this event, but even more troubling is the fact that the number of people killed in Biketoberfest accidents has risen steadily over the last several years. Drivers of cars and trucks in the area simply are not being careful, and their negligence injures dozens of riders and passengers each year. As previously mentioned, the Florida Highway Patrol has determined that drivers who fail to notice motorcyclists on the road cause six in ten Biketoberfest accidents. The other accidents are often caused by the following:
- Drivers and riders under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Excessive speeds
- Violating riders’ rights of way by cutting them off or turning in front of them
- Running red lights
- Talking or texting on cell phones while driving
- Other acts of negligence
Experienced Daytona Beach Biketoberfest Accident Lawyer Helping Injured Riders
Negligent motorists deserve most of the blame for motorcycle accidents, but negligent riders can also be held liable for damages for the accidents they cause. If a negligent driver or rider injured you or a close family member and you have questions about your rights, the law and your legal options, call James O. Cunningham today at 386-243-4994 to schedule a free consultation. Mr. Cunningham has earned the reputation as a Daytona Biketoberfest attorney who gives each client and case the individual attention they deserve and works hard to help them receive the fair and just compensation they need. Call today to get an experienced Volusia County motorcycle accident lawyer on your side!