Experts report nearly 75 percent of motorcycle accidents involve a collision with another vehicle. The Florida Highway Patrol reported a 31-year-old motorcyclist tragically died in an accident when a Jeep was backing out of a driveway in Lehigh Acres on Saturday, March 20th.
The Southwest Florida ABATE Chapter reports that the number of motorcyclists in Florida is growing. ABATE is dedicated to motorcycle safety and teaches its Motorcycle Safety Awareness Program to reduce injuries and deaths. It is a 45-minute video presentation for drivers on Florida’s roads to become more aware of motorcyclists.
ABATE reminds drivers of seven facts to keep in mind when on Florida’s beautiful roads:
- Obey all traffic laws, signs, and signals.
- Constantly check and expect to see motorcycles.
- Motorcycles are smaller than cars or trucks, and it can be more difficult to judge their approaching speed.
- Look, look, and look again at traffic intersections before you turn or pull out.
- Allow a three-second "Space Cushion" when following a motorcycle.
- There are 7 to 9 blind spots in an average vehicle.
- Give motorcycles the same respect and courtesy that you want for yourself and other motorists.
In addition to ABATE’s efforts, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) conducts naturalistic studies every year with the assistance of 100 participants. Each motorcycle is equipped with video cameras and data acquisition sensors to track the actions and riding environment of the 100 riders. The information learned from the study is used in educating motorcyclists and motor vehicle drivers on how to have a safe and enjoyable riding experience.
"Motorcyclists are not protected when they ride on Florida's roads. Most motorcycle accidents are caused by other motorists. The most common causes of motorcycle accidents are dangerous turns, unsafe merging, and lane-changing, running red lights and stop signs, following too closely distracted or impaired driving, and road defects. We at Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. have seen the devastation caused by motorcycle accidents. We represent people involved in numerous types of personal injury and wrongful death accidents throughout Florida. All of our clients have unique personal injury cases. Our firm provides personal contact and communication along with aggressive representation. There are no costs or attorney fees until we receive a monetary recovery for you, and we are always available to assist you, 24/7. Learn how we can assist you at Motorcycle Accident Victim Representation,” said Fort Myers Motorcycle Accident Attorney Randall Spivey.
Fort Myers Motorcycle Accident Attorney Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by just one percent (1%) of Florida attorneys. He has handled over 2,000 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida. For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., in Lee County at 239.337.7483 or toll-free at 1.888.477.4839, or by email to Randall@SpiveyLaw.com. Visit SpiveyLaw.com for more information. You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. in Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and in Collier County at 239.793.7748.