Motorcycle riders are highly vulnerable to suffering injuries on public
roadways. When involved in accidents with larger passenger vehicles or
commercial trucks, motorcyclists often suffer life-altering or even fatal
injuries. In fact, the National Highway Traffic safety Administration
(NHTSA), reports that over motorcyclist deaths are 27 times more likely
to occur than deaths in other motor vehicles.
In Florida, thousands of motorcycle riders are injured and killed in preventable
accidents on our state’s public roads and highways every year. Often,
these riders suffer serious physical injuries and face considerable financial
and emotional strains that also impact their families. As such, it becomes
critically important for injured riders to work with experienced personal
injury lawyers like those at Roman & Gaynor to fight for the full
amount of compensation they need to recover their medical expenses, lost
work income, and pain and suffering, among other damages.
motorcycle accidents can have devastating results, our legal team would like to provide a few
important tips that can help riders and motorists do their part in reducing
risks of preventable wrecks.
Tips for Motorists
Share the road – Motorcycles are considered motor vehicles with the same rights
and responsibilities as drivers. This means that you should treat a motorcyclist
just as you would any other motor vehicle, respect their rights, and safely
share the road.
Be vigilant behind the wheel – Motorcyclists may have the same rights and responsibilities as
vehicles, but they are much smaller and can be easily overseen. Anytime
you intend to make a move on the road, such as switching lanes, entering
an intersection, or making a turn, be aware of your blind spots and make
sure you only move when you know it is safe to do so.
Avoid distractions – Motorcyclists can be overseen even by cautious motorists, which
means that a distracted motorist can easily make a move that places a
rider they failed to see in serious danger. Florida prohibits texting
for all drivers for a reason. Do your part to keep others safe by driving
Give riders space – When following a motorcycle, make sure to give them plenty of
space. You might not be able to tell as easily as you would with other
vehicles when a rider intends to stop or make a turn. You should also
provide plenty of distance when passing riders, and ensure they have a
full lane to themselves.
Remember your legal duty - Any time you step behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, you have a legal
obligation to obey the rules of the road and take measures to ensure you
do not post unreasonable dangers to others. Making safety your priority
when driving can help you avoid any type of traffic accident, especially
those involving vulnerable motorcycle riders.
Tips for Motorcyclists
Don’t share the lane – Riding a motorcycle means being aware that there are things beyond
your control, including other drivers. Drivers don’t expect to share
a lane with riders, and can easily oversee them when making a lane change
or turn, or simply drift to one side or the other. Avoid sharing a lane
and splitting lanes to ensure your safety.
Make yourself seen – Drivers don’t want to hit riders, which is why a vast majority
of motorcycle accidents involve motorists who never saw the motorcyclist.
Help them by making yourself more visible by using high beams during the
day and wearing brighter or reflective gear.
Be extra vigilant – Be aware of drivers around you and only make moves when you know
a motorists has seen you. This is especially important at intersections,
when passing or riding next to vehicles, and when a vehicle is positioned
in any way that it can violate your right of way.
Don’t drink and ride – Just as you would hope a drunk motorist doesn’t pose harm
to you, you should never drink and ride. Even if you are on the open road
with no one around, statistics show that alcohol plays a role in a nearly
half of all fatal single-vehicle motorcycle accidents.
Wear a helmet – Although Florida allows riders over 21 to operate a motorcycle
without a helmet if they have sufficient insurance, the single most important
thing you can do is wear one. NHTSA recommends that all riders wear a
Even when riders take all necessary precautions, preventable wrecks can
still happen when others are negligent. If you or someone you love has
been injured in a motorcycle crash in Clearwater, New Port Richey or any
of the surrounding areas of Florida, Roman & Gaynor is here to help
you understand your right to compensation.
Contact us to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer during a free consultation.