How to Stay Safe on Motorcycles

April 26, 2013 | Category: Motorcycle Accidents | Share

Motorcycles on the beachFlorida's climate is particularly conducive for motorcycle riding.  So there are many motorcycles on Florida's roads.  These motorcycles are more vulnerable in accidents than other vehicles.   They simply don't have the same protection. 

"It is particularly important for motorcyclists to do everything they can to stay safe.  The consequences for the motorcyclist in an accident can be devastating,"  says Florida Motorcycle Attorney, Randall Spivey, Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A.

The Governor's Highway Safety Association (GHSA) reported in Motorcyclist Traffic Fatalities by State (2011 Preliminary Data - most recent available) that Florida ranked number 2 behind Texas in the nine months from January - September 2010 and January - September 2011 in motorcyclist fatalities. 

State

2010  (Jan.-Sept.)

2011 (Jan.-Sept.)

Texas

323

374

Florida

292

303

 

Accidents involving motorcycles occur for many reasons.  Some of the most common are: excessive speed, road hazards, distractions, and inexperienced motorcyclist.  Statistics, however, from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that about 70% of motorcycle accidents are the result of other motorists not recognizing motorcycles at night or in heavy traffic.    

The American Automobile Association (AAA) confirms that, "One of the most common reasons drivers give for cutting off or pulling in front of a motorcycle is that they 'didn't see it'.

The AAA recommends that bikers can prevent crashes and injuries by:

  • Keeping headlights and marker and taillights on at dusk and in dark or rainy weather.
  • Staying three to four seconds behind a vehicle they intend to pass; checking oncoming traffic from the left side of the lane, signaling the intention to turn, and then checking for oncoming traffic before passing.
  • Checking their rear-view mirror and quickly turning their heads to ensure the vehicle is a safe distance behind them when completing a pass.
  • Wearing helmets that meet a high protection standard.
  • Wearing proper clothing, eyewear and sturdy, closed-toe footwear.

The AAA and other safety organizations suggest that "Watch Out for Motorcycles" bumper stickers be displayed on vehicles.  These bumper stickers are available, without charge, from the AAA, motorcycle dealers, and other organizations.

Creating awareness is one of the best ways to stay safe on motorcycles. 

 

Florida Motorcycle Accident Injury Lawyer, Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by less than 2 percent of Florida attorneys. He has handled over 1,500 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida. For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact the 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 239.793.7748.

 

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