Winter motorcycle accidents a danger in South Florida

A rash of recent motorcycle accidents on the East Coast is a reminder to riders and drivers alike that Florida’s year-round riding weather puts motorists at increased risk of a South Florida motorcycle accident.

A Lehigh Acres motorcycle crash claimed the life of a 57 year old man Feb. 26 and critically injured his passenger, according to the Fort Myers News-Press.

The victim was southbound on Joel Boulevard with a 30-year-old passenger when he collided with a Cadillac. The driver of the motorcycle was pronounced dead at the scene; the passenger was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital in critical condition.

A Bonita Springs motorcycle accident claimed the life of a 44-year-old Naples man and critically injured a 32-year-old fellow rider on Feb. 23. The men were eastbound on Corkscrew Road when a Lexus drove into their path, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Fatal motorcycle accidents in Florida have increased in recent years, from 432 in 2004 to 556 in 2008, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Nationwide, motorcycle accidents have increased every year for more than a decade. A total of 5,290 people were killed in motorcycle accidents in 2008, compared to 5,174 motorcycle fatalities in 2007. The government will release data for last year in the coming weeks.