Dangerous Intersections and Roads for Motorcyclists in Orlando

By Osborne & Francis
October 25, 2023

You may be a conscientious motorcycle rider, following the law to the letter and always observing the rules of the road. But there are certain things even the best riders can’t control, namely drivers' behavior. The consequences of driver negligence can be life-altering and even tragic

As beautiful a place as Orlando is, several areas are dangerous. This is especially true for people traveling on two wheels rather than four. The following is a look at some of the most dangerous places to ride in Orlando. 

The law firm of Osborne & Francis is standing by to help if you’ve suffered an injury in a motorcycle accident that wasn’t your fault. We’ll work hard to help you obtain the money you deserve for another’s carelessness. You can contact us online for a free consultation, or you can call (561) 678-0156.

Are Orlando’s Roads Safe for Motorcyclists? 

Motorcyclists need high-quality roads in which to operate their vehicles in the safest possible manner. Orlando’s roads rank as the best in the U.S., with 69% of roads in excellent condition, with very few patches or cracks. 

But just because riders have access to quality asphalt doesn’t mean our area is safe for bikers. In 2021, there were 584 fatal motorcycle crashes in Florida, with 1,813 accidents leading to incapacitating injuries. More than 200 of all fatal crashes in the state occurred in Orange County.

Many factors contribute to danger for riders – not only in Orlando but also in the rest of the country. The following are just a few of the reasons motorcycle accidents occur.

  • Impaired driving – The Insurance Information Institute reports that more than 30% of motorcycle accident deaths involved someone operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. 
  • Making left turns – Drivers making left-hand turns often strike motorcyclists because they can’t see them. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, cars making left-hand turns cause 42% of all accidents involving motorcycles and passenger cars.
  • Car door accidents – In many instances, someone getting out of their car when parked on the street won’t look before opening their door. They have no idea that a motorcycle is coming. When a bike hits an open door, the rider can suffer a severe injury

Dangerous Intersections in Orlando

Like any big city, Orlando has its share of danger spots for motorcyclists. The following are some of the intersections that pose significant risks to riders.

  • Oak Ridge Rd. and Orange Blossom Trail: A lot of traffic moves in and out of this area daily since many large shopping centers are nearby.
  • State Road 436 and State Road 50: More than 200 accidents occurred at this intersection in 2022. Not only is this one of the most dangerous intersections in the city, but it’s also one of the most confusing, with a complex array of lane changes.
  • Interstate 4 and Lee Road: This is another intersection with heavy traffic, thanks to the presence of several shopping centers.
  • Vineland Road and Kirkman Road: During the tourist season, this is one of the most heavily used intersections in the area since it’s near the entrance to the Universal Orlando Resort. 
  • John Young Parkway and Colonial Drive – This area is near several fast-food restaurants and convenience stores. Cars regularly go in and out of these locations, and drivers may not see motorcycles.

Dangerous Roads in Orlando 

Not only is I-4 notorious among locals for being dangerous but it’s also known as the worst highway in the country. This 132-mile stretch of highway between Tampa and Daytona Beach is the deadliest in the U.S. There were 150 fatalities on I-4 between 2015-2019, or one death per 1.134 miles of highway. This is the highest rate of any highway in the nation.

But there are several other Orlando that pose risks as well. Here’s a list of some of the worst, based on 2019 motor vehicle crash statistics:

  • N. Semoran Blvd. – 119 crashes
  • Orange Blossom Trail – 101 crashes
  • Curry Ford Rd. – 89 crashes
  • Kirkman Rd. – 77 crashes
  • Colonial Dr. – 73 crashes

How to Stay Safe as a Motorcyclist in the City Beautiful 

The following are a few tips to help you avoid motorcycle accidents. If you can keep these in mind, there’s an excellent chance you’ll arrive at your destination safe and sound.

Wear Appropriate Safety Gear

Wearing a Department of Transportation-approved helmet is vital for protecting your head in case of an accident. It reduces the risk of traumatic brain injuries, a leading cause of fatalities in motorcycle crashes. Also, leather or armored jackets, gloves, pants, and boots offer additional protection to your body. They act as a barrier against abrasion and impact injuries, commonly called "road rash."

Be Visible

Wearing bright or reflective clothing helps you stand out on the road, making it easier for other drivers to see you, especially in low-light conditions or adverse weather. In addition, keep your motorcycle's headlights on at all times, even during the day. Consider adding auxiliary lights to improve your visibility to other road users.

Stay Alert and Focused

Continuously scan your surroundings and be aware of what's happening around you. Anticipate potential hazards, such as vehicles merging, pedestrians crossing, or cars suddenly changing lanes.

Avoid Distractions

Riding requires your full attention. Avoid using mobile phones or other distractions that distract you from the road.

Obey Traffic Laws

Adhere to posted speed limits, as excessive speed can reduce your reaction time and increase the severity of accidents. Use turn signals to indicate your intentions and follow proper lane discipline to ensure predictable and safe riding.

Maintain Your Motorcycle

Routinely inspect your motorcycle before each ride. Check tire pressure and tread depth, brakes' condition, lights, and fluid levels to ensure everything is in working order.

Assume You're Invisible

Drivers often hit motorcyclists because they can’t see them, especially when entering a highway. Always assume that other drivers might not see you. Position yourself where you are most visible to other drivers, avoid riding in blind spots, and use your horn when necessary to alert others.

Osborne & Francis are Here to Help You if You’re Injured in Orlando

The lawyers with Osborne & Francis hope you can always enjoy the exhilaration of riding a motorcycle. But if you’re ever in an accident caused by someone else, we’ll be here to help you get the maximum compensation you deserve. Use our online contact form or call (561) 678-0156 for a free evaluation of your case.

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