Thousands of motorcyclists are injured in traffic collisions in the state
of Florida every year. Motorcyclists are not protected in the same way
that vehicle occupants are – nothing separates them from the open
road. If you're a motorcyclist, then check out the following safety
tips that could decrease your likelihood of being involved in a collision:
- Wear protective gear – Florida allows some motorcyclists to opt out
of wearing a helmet and protective eyewear (over 21 with $10,000 worth
of medical coverage), but the risk of serious injury and death is much
lower for those who wear helmets and other protective gear.
- Beware of lane splitting – Lane splitting and lane sharing can be
dangerous. Whether or not this practice is legal differs by jurisdiction,
but riding in between vehicles can put you in a driver's blind spot
and increase your accident risk.
- Obey the speed limit – Motorcycles have the ability to travel at
very high speeds, but don't use your bike's speed carelessly,
especially when driving in dense traffic or bad weather.