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Motorcyclist Dies in Tragic Crash on County Road 68 in Okeechobee County, Florida (FL)


July 15, 2020

OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FL - Floridatoday.com writes that a motorcyclist was killed in a collision in Okeechobee County this week in the early evening. The incident took place when the eastbound motorcyclist crashed on County Road 68.*

Police identified the victim as a 50-year-old man from Palm Bay but did not reveal details regarding the individual’s identity. The cause of the crash remains unclear, but the wreck is still under investigation. 

In 2018, 4,985 people died in motorcycle wrecks in the United States. While motorcyclists are still disproportionately represented in crash deaths, the thousands killed marked a close to five percent drop in motorcyclist deaths. The risk of dying while riding a motorcycle remains far higher than the danger of riding in a car. In fact, the chances of dying are 28 times as high for motorcyclists. 

The top safety tips that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provides for motorcyclists are to stay sober and wear a helmet. In 2017, more than one in four motorcycle crash victims had elevated BACs. Helmet use increased in 2018, and according to recent data, 71 percent of riders are now using helmets. Not only is it important that motorcyclists use helmets, but the helmets should be those that meet the safety standards of the Department of Transportation. 

Although motorcyclists can take steps to increase their own safety, they are at least partially dependent on other drivers as well. It is not uncommon for drivers to overlook motorcyclists leading to tragic results. Drivers should be aware of the challenges motorcyclists face and stay alert when behind the wheel. A minor mistake can mean a tragedy for a person on two wheels. 

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Sources:

https://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/2020/07/13/fatal-crash-involving-palm-bay-man-happened-okeechobee-county/5426993002/

https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/motorcycle-safety

https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/812720


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