Biketoberfest is coming up this weekend, and while many people are happy that the gathering is occurring, there is also legitimate cause for concern. While most people who will participate in Biketoberfest are law-abiding and well-meaning, there are some people who may cause trouble, and there are some who may become the victims of serious, even fatal, accidents as a result of negligent behavior.
Our team of personal injury attorneys in Daytona Beach has assisted motorists and the victims of motorists who have been injured in motor vehicle collisions throughout the year. We will be here for clients should there be any serious infractions at this year's Biketoberfest. Right now, we'd like to focus on fatal accidents at Biketoberfest and why they need to be taken seriously.
As we previously noted on this blog, Biketoberfest is an annual weekend event that draws thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts to the city from all over the country. This year, Biketoberfest will be held from October 17th to October 20th.
How common are accidents during Biketoberfest?
With the increased number of vehicles in the area, the chances of motorcycle accidents go up immensely simply as a matter of statistics. Add to that the possibility of drunk driving and other forms of impaired driving and you have many different factors that make fatal accidents more likely.
It's for this reason that local law enforcement tends to be on higher alert and local hospitals are extra attentive in case of serious accident.
Fatal Accidents at Biketoberfests Past
There were six fatalities that occurred during Biketoberfest 2011. Five of the fatalities involved people on motorcycles, while one of the fatalities involved a person on a motorized bicycle.
These aren't the only fatal accidents that occurred in the history of Bikteoberfest. In 2010, a pregnant woman was struck and killed and three others injured. In 2009, there was a fatal accident. In 2008 there were two motorcycle-related deaths. In 2005, there were reportedly five fatalities.
Given these numbers, you can see why it's important to consider the assistance of skilled motorcycle accident attorneys following a collision.
Why Motorcycle Accidents Need to Be Taken Seriously
Obviously since this is an annual event, it's important that locals and law-abiding visitors have their legal rights respected and that those negligent motorists be punished to the full extent of the law. Pedestrians should not feel threatened while walking the streets, and other motorists should not feel as if their lives are in jeopardy due to poor and/or reckless driving.
Similarly, motorcyclists who are observing the rules of the road should be afforded the respect they deserve from other motorists and yielded the right of way when applicable.
What Our Legal Team Can Do for the Families of Fatal Accident Victims
If you have lost a loved one as a result of a serious motorcycle accident or motor vehicle collision, our legal team will be here for you each step of the way. Our goal is to ensure that you receive compensation to cover funerary costs, emotional pain and suffering, and other matters related to the tragic loss.
Learn More About Motorcycle Accident Litigation
If someone that you love is seriously injured or loses his or her life as a result of Biketoberfest, it's important that you contact our Daytona Beach personal injury lawyers today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the best possible legal outcomes. Our attorneys will fight diligently for all of your legal rights and entitlements.