10 Tips to Prevent a Motorcycle Accident

10 Tips to Prevent a Motorcycle Accident

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.

Because 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 distraction-free.
  4. 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.
  5. 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 DOT-approved helmet.

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.

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