Faces

Motorcycle crashes kill hundreds of people in Florida each year and injure thousands more across the state. Motorcycle crash victims and their loved ones often face physical, emotional, and financial hardships.

Crashes can happen in an instant.

They can change a life forever.

When motorcycles and other vehicles collide (Multiple Vehicle Crash), it is the motorist who is at fault the majority of the time. Who is at fault?The motorist violates the motorcyclist’s right-of-way by any number of scenarios, such as turning left into the path of an oncoming motorcyclist, changing lanes into the path of a motorcyclist, or rear-ending a motorcyclist.  There is a continuing need to help other motorists “Watch for Motorcycles” and to educate motorcyclists to be aware of this problem.

What may surprise you, when looking at all of the crashes as a whole, is that motorcyclists are at fault 62% of the time. Notice the at fault vehicle in this chart is shown in red.

The issues related to this statistic would include riding under the influence of alcohol or drugs, speeding, and inexperience or lack of training on a motorcycle. Regardless of who is at fault we must address the high fatality and crash rates of motorcyclists.


Ride Smart Florida Faces

We created this site to put a face on the problem. It’s one thing to hear statistics about how people are injured or dying, but it’s quite another to see the actual faces of the riders and read their heartfelt stories.

  • Have you or a loved one had a transformative motorcycle crash that has led to compelling life lessons?
  • Share your experiences and your ideas.
  • Inspire change.

Please Share Your Motorcycle Story

By sharing your story, others may come to understand the enormous consequences of violating a motorcyclist’s right of way, riding under the influence of alcohol or drugs, excessive speed on a motorcycle, inexperience or lack of training on a motorcycle, or some other tragedy.

Here are some brief guidelines for your submission:

Please do…

  • Include their name, age, home city, state and country
  • Include specific details of the crash
  • Send photos or any other information you’d like to share
  • Format your email so it’s easy to read

Please DON’T…

  • include the names of others involved in the accident or law enforcement officers (liability issues)
  • include any profanity

Submit your story to Ride Smart Florida

Please indicate if we may use your full name, first name only, or if you’d like your story to be posted anonymously.

By submitting your story to Ride Smart Florida, you agree to the Submission Guidelines outlined below.

  • All submissions become the property of Ride Smart Florida and may be published in whole or in part on Ride Smart Florida’s website, educational, and/or promotional materials.
  • Ride Smart Florida is not responsible for verifying the accuracy of any submissions.
  • Ride Smart Florida reserves the right to edit submissions for any reason, and to refuse to post inappropriate submissions.

If you agree to the above terms, please submit your story.

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