Florida has experienced a sharp increase in motorcycle fatalities in the early 2000’s. The number of motorcycle crashes and injuries nearly doubled between 2000 and 2008. A significant reduction was achieved in 2009 and 2010. Motorcycle fatalities have slowly increased during 2011-2013, but it looked to stay around 460. However, motorcycle fatalities in 2015 jumped to 584 which was the highest in the past 15 years.
The figure above shows the trend of motorcycle injuries and fatalities as compared to traffic injuries and fatalities in Florida. The statistics from 2001 are indexed to 1. In 2015, total number of traffic fatalities and injuries was back to what it was in 2001. There was a significant reduction in total number of injuries and fatalities in 2009-2012, however since 2013 these numbers have increased constantly. Motorcycle injuries and fatalities never got closed to what it was in 2001. In 2015, while total number of traffic fatalities and injuries was almost the same as it was in 2001, motorcycle injuries increased by 50 percent and motorcycle fatalities increased by more than 125 percent.
In 2001, motorcycle fatalities accounted for about eight percent of all traffic fatalities in the State, but by 2008 that percentage had increased to 17.8 percent. By 2010, motorcycle fatalities dropped to 15.7 percent of all traffic fatalities. In 2015, motorcycle crashes represented 2.7 percent of traffic crashes while being responsible for 3.7 percent of traffic injuries and 19.9 percent of traffic fatalities.
In 2015, fatal motorcycle crashes in April-July and December was much higher that what it was in 2013 and 2014.
In average, 39 percent of fatal crashes in 2013-2015 occurred on Saturdays and Sundays.
Calendar below shows number of motorcycle fatalities per day in Florida in 2012-2015 .