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There are more motorcyclists on the roadways today than ever before. Motorcycle crashes, injuries and fatalities increased over the last decade due to many factors, such as increased motorcycle licensing and motorcycle registrations.

Florida, known for its sunny weather, beautiful beaches, and scenic highways, is a great place to ride motorcycles year round. The state, host to popular motorcycle rallies such as Biketoberfest and Daytona Bike Week, is also a popular destination for motorcycle enthusiasts from around the nation and around the world. The growing number of residents and visitors in Florida who love riding motorcycles make motorcyclist safety an important issue.

Since the late 1990s, the number of motorcycle fatalities has nearly increased by 4 times. For the past ten years, the number of motorcycle fatalities has nearly increased by 33% from 462 in 2013 to 609 in 2022. According to Florida’s Department of Health, in 2022, Florida hospitalization charges from motorcycle crashes has exceeded $1,349,684,341.00. In addition, 56% of motorcyclist hospitalizations and emergency department visits in 2022 were not covered by commercial insurance. In 2022, motorcycle crashes represented only 2.3 percent of all traffic crashes and yet represented 17.2 percent of all traffic fatalities.

Motorcycle Crash Update, Presented on November 8, 2023 by: Chanyoung Lee, Ph.D., PTP; Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR), USF