Florida continues to have the most motorcycle crash fatalities throughout the entire United States.
The latest data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that out of all of the motor vehicle related accidents in the Sunshine State, one-fifth of them involved a motorcycle, and that – perhaps more alarmingly – throughout the whole of 2015, Florida recorded an increase of 30% in crash fatalities when compared to the previous year.
This is quite a statistic when you consider that motorcycles count for just three percent of the the registered vehicles in Florida.
And the common element throughout the majority of the most serious visits to hospital? Riders without helmets.
According to helmet usage reports, just forty-seven percent of Floridian riders were observed wearing a motorcycle helmet whilst riding. A statistic even more surprising when – according to the Florida Department of Health – average hospital charges for motorcyclists involved in a crash amount to $83,676.
With the choice and style of helmets becoming more wide and more varied year by year, the idea of riding without one seems less a statement of freedom and more an exercise in stubbornness. Knowing what we know about the effectiveness of helmets in reducing serious injury, why are fifty-three percent of riders in Florida choosing to gamble with their lives?