For many Florida riders, motorcycles are a fast, fuel-efficient way to get where they need to go. However, motorcycles require additional skills and coordination than other types of vehicles, making them easier to become involved in accidents. Because motorcycle riders are not as protected as other motorists, about 80 percent of all motorcycle accidents result in either injuries or death.
Bone fractures, particularly in the legs, are common injuries in motorcycle accidents due to the fact that motorcycles cannot stand up on their own. This means that, during an accident, a limb can become stuck underneath the vehicle. Fractures in the wrist or arms may occur if a motorcyclist tries to break his or her fall. Head injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries, are also common and can lead to disability or even death. Although wearing a helmet reduces the risk of serious injury and death, some simply refuse to wear them or wear ones that do not offer proper protection.