Florida’s warm climate and open roads offer motorcycle enthusiasts one of the best areas in the country to enjoy riding on two wheels. Unfortunately, riding a motorcycle does not come without its risks.
According to records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists comprised anywhere from 18% to 21% of all vehicular fatalities each year across the state in the five years spanning from 2014 through 2018.
Annual fatalities among older riders
In both 2016 and 2018, more riders in their 60s and older died in Florida than riders in any other age category. In those years, 96 and 112 bikers were killed in crashes, respectively. In 2014, 2015, and 2017, it was riders in their 50s who comprised the majority of motorcyclists killed in accidents, also with 93, 108, and 96 deaths, respectively.
Biker deaths over the five-year period
In looking at the entire five years from 2014 through 2018, motorcyclists over 59 and older accounted for the majority of deaths on Florida roads and highways. During that time, 432 bikers aged 60 and above lost their lives in crashes, and another 487 riders aged 50 through 59 died.
At the other end of the age spectrum, 903 bikers aged 20 through 29 were killed in the same five-year period.
Total motorcycle fatalities in Florida by year
In 2014, the state recorded 478 biker deaths. That increased in 2015 at 615 fatalities. Since then, the number largely decreased to 574 in 2018.