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. Unfortunately, this means that
catastrophic injuries are a likely outcome in a collision with another motorist.
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.
Increase visibility – Making yourself and your bike more conspicuous is a simple way
to reduce the chance of a
motorcycle accident. Wear brightly colored gear or consider adding reflective tape to your
bike to make your motorcycle easier for other drivers to see.
If you are seeking an experienced motorcycle accident attorney after a
traffic collision in Clearwater or New Port Richey, we invite you to
contact Roman & Gaynor for a free case review. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical
bills, damaged property, and more.