Florida leads nation in motorcyclist deaths

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - With Bike Week around the corner, Triple A has released a study highlighting how dangerous riding a motorcycle can be in Florida: The Sunshine State leads the nation in motorcycle crash fatalities.

In 2015 alone, there were 606 motorcycle deaths in Florida. That year, the top three counties involving motorcyclist deaths are Miami-Dade with 67 deaths, Hillsborough with 48 deaths and Broward County with 42 deaths. Duval County ranked eighth place with 23 deaths in 2015.

Between 2014 to 2015, motorcycle deaths also rose 30 percent.

Though 83 percent of motorcyclists claim they wear a helmet, 47 percent actually do when riding, the report revealed.

Fifteen percent of motorcyclists also lack insurance. The average crash involving a motorcyclist who is admitted to the hospital is $83,637.

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