TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (The News Service of Florida) - There were more than 9,500 motorcycle accidents on Florida roads last year, along with over 6,000 bicycle crashes. Of those, 611 resulted in fatalities.
Florida's warmer weather means there are always a lot of bikes on the road, and the number goes up as summer approaches.
The state consistently has among the highest number of bike accidents in the country.
Florida Highway Patrol Captain Tom Pikul says motorcycles and bikes have the same rights on the road as cars or semi-trucks.
He says all drivers should be focusing on the roads.
"Remember to keep those distractions to a minimum. Don't text and drive. Don't talk on the phone and drive," said Pikul. "Ensure that you are paying attention to the road, and that your mind is on the road, your eyes are on the road and your hands are on the wheel. Keep an eye out for everyone else."
Pikul says bikers and cyclists need to do their part by following the laws.