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Motorcycle fatalities in Florida cause alarm

Our source article for this blog post details the sad story of a 29-year-old man who was killed just two months after he bought his first motorcycle. He struck an oncoming bus that was making a turn in front of him, and he did not survive the impact. The accident occurred in Ocala, Florida.

The Ocala Police Department, in conjunction with the Florida Highway Patrol, released some numbers about motorcycle accidents in the city. In 2014, there were seven fatal motorcycle accidents. In 2015, the number increased to nine. Last year, the number jumped to 12 as of early December. This trend is consistent with other cities, towns and counties across Florida. It may not be a universal trend, but it certainly appears that motorcycle accidents are on the rise.

Motorcycle accidents inherently have a higher risk of causing serious or fatal injuries to the rider. Motorcycles have little protective elements to them. If a motorcyclist gets into an accident, it is highly likely that he or she will be thrown from the vehicle and suffer serious, catastrophic or even fatal injuries.

It is because of this inherent fact about motorcycle accidents that it is imperative for drivers of other vehicles to be especially careful around motorcycles. They need to keep a keen eye out for motorcycles, otherwise an accident could occur that claims the life of a motorcyclist. With motorcyclist accidents on the rise in a sunny, popular state like Florida, it is crucial that everyone does their part to improve road safety.

Source: Ocala StarBanner, "Motorcycle accidents rising," Dec. 8, 2016

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