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  • Each year, 100,000 people are injured and more 5000 motorcycle riders are killed in motorcycle accidents in the United States.
  • Motorcycle accidents account for about 1 in every 7 traffic fatalities nationwide.
  • Fatal motorcycle accidents are the fastest growing category of deadly traffic accidents.

Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Southwest Florida is paradise for motorcycle riders. But more motorcycle riders lose their lives here than anywhere in America except California.

The Naples motorcycle accident attorneys at Yerger & Tyler fight for the rights of Florida motorcycle riders and their families. As a registered nurse and a Naples injury attorney and wrongful death lawyer, Linda Yerger knows how devastating serious and fatal motorcycle accidents can be for riders and their families. Together with her daughter, Attorney Denise Tyler, the firm will fight for your rights and the compensation you and your family deserve.

Yerger & Tyler handles motorcycle accident cases throughout Southwest Florida, including Naples, Bonita Springs, Marco Island, Fort Myers Beach, Estero, Fort Myers, Cape Coral and Leigh Acres.

Fatal motorcycle accidents have reached epidemic proportions across the United States even as motorcycle riding continues to grow in popularity. Deadly motorcycle accidents have increased every year for more than a decade and now account for about 1 in every 7 traffic fatalities, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

In 2008, a total of 5,290 motorcycle riders were killed nationwide and accounted for about 1 in 7 of the nation’s 34,017 traffic fatalities.

Nowhere is the issue playing out with deadlier consequences than it is in Florida, where year-round riding weather, elderly drivers, tourists in rental cars and a lack of respect for bikers, far too often leads to deadly consequences.

Deadly Florida motorcycle crashes claimed 523 lives in 2008, are up more than 25 percent in the last decade, while the state’s 600,000 motorcycles has grown by 50 percent in the last 5 years.

Motorcycle sales increased 400 percent to 1.1 million a year over the last decade, while the number of deaths has more than doubled from the 2,110 reported in 1997, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association.

Far too often, Southwest Florida motorcycle riders are victimized by careless or inattentive drivers who should be held responsible for their actions. At Yerger & Tyler, we will fight for your rights and the compensation you and your family deserve.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed in a Southwest Florida motorcycle accident the Naples motorcycle accident lawyersand theFort Myers motorcycle accident attorneys at Yerger & Tyler for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call (239) 732-5555.

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DRIVING TIPS TO AVOID A SOUTHWEST FLORIDA MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

  • Motorcycles are entitled to a full lane-width. A motorcycle needs to room to maneuver safely. Don’t crowd a motorcycle or attempt to share a lane.
  • Use your signals. Always signal before changing lanes or merging into traffic so a motorcycle rider can anticipate the flow of traffic and maintain a safe position on the road.
  • Watch your blind spots. Motorcycles can be easily missed with a quick look. Always make a visual check for motorcycle riders before leaving or entering a lane or at intersections.
  • Don’t be fooled by a motorcycle’s turn signals. Motorcycle signals are usually not self-canceling and can sometimes be inadvertently left on. Make sure of a motorcycle’s intentions before making a safe maneuver out of the way.
  • Road conditions are critical to motorcycles. Potholes or other minor hazards for motorists can be devastating to a motorcycle. Be aware that motorcycles may need to make emergency maneuvers around road debris, wet or slippery surfaces, pavement seams, railroad crossings and other road defects or conditions.
  • Allow plenty of following distance. Don’t tailgate. In dry conditions, motorcycles can stop faster than cars.
Source: Adapted from information provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration