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May 2023 - Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month - How Florida Motorists Can Safely Share the Road with Motorcyclists

May 3, 2023 | Category: Motorcycle Accidents | Share

"May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. We at Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. are devoting this blog to driver safety information when sharing the road with motorcycles. We urge all drivers to drive safely to prevent injuries and tragic death to motorcyclists,” said Florida Motorcycle Lawyer Randall Spivey.

May 2023 Motorcycle Safety Awareness MonthMotorcyclists share Florida roads with other vehicles every day. Sometimes, through no fault of their own, they are injured or tragically die because other drivers are negligent.  

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that motorcyclists are overrepresented in traffic-related fatalities. The most recent NHTSA data shows that, per vehicle miles traveled in 2020, motorcyclists are about 28 times more likely than people in passenger cars to tragically die in a traffic crash.

Most recently, a woman tragically died, and a man was injured in a Melbourne, Florida crash, according to the police who responded to the accident. The 56-year-old motorcycle driver was traveling south on South Harbor City Boulevard with his 47-year-old female passenger, as a Fiat, driven by a 20-year-old woman from Satellite Beach, attempted to turn left from a business parking lot into the northbound lane.

To assist the Florida motorcycle community in reducing motorcycle accidents, the Florida Motorcycle Safety Coalition, through its communications group, Ride Smart Florida, has offered the following tips for motorists when sharing the roads with motorcyclists:


Motorist actions can impact the safety of motorcyclists greatly! A large portion of motorcycle crashes involves two key components – poor speed and spatial judgment of other drivers and poor motorcyclist conspicuity.

  • LOOK TWICE - Double-check traffic at intersections before you turn or pull out.
  • ALWAYS CHECK YOUR BLIND SPOTS - Motorcycles are smaller than other vehicles and can be even more difficult to spot while merging or changing lanes.
  • LEAVE ENOUGH SPACE - Leave at least a four-second distance between your car and a motorcycle in front of you. Note when a motorcycle passes a point in the road.
  • STAY IN YOUR LANE - When passing a motorcycle, give a full lane to the motorcycle.
  • SHARE THE ROAD - Treat motorcyclists with the same respect you give other motorists.
  • SCAN THE ROADS - Keep a watchful eye at all times; a motorcyclist may be closer than you think.
  • FOCUS ON DRIVING - Don’t drive distracted! Distracted driving is anything that takes your attention away from the primary task of driving.
  • YIELD TO MOTORCYCLISTS - Remember to yield the right-of-way to motorcyclists.”

If you or a loved one is injured in a motorcycle accident because of the negligence of another motorist, it is important to seek medical treatment immediately. Then contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. for assistance in receiving the compensation and damages to which you are entitled. There are no costs or attorney fees until the firm receives a monetary recovery for you.

Once you have received medical assistance, it is important to follow your doctor’s instructions and advice. Avoid doing anything that could jeopardize your health and recovery.

Also, you should avoid discussing your motorcycle accident with anyone other than your Florida Motorcycle Lawyer Randall Spivey, his legal team, and/or your doctor. This includes friends, co-workers, and posting on social media. Social media posts may be used against you in any personal injury lawsuit and prevent you from receiving compensation for damages.

Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. represents people involved in numerous types of personal injury and wrongful death accidents throughout the state of Florida. All of our clients have unique personal injury cases. Our firm provides personal contact and communication along with aggressive representation.

Here is what one motorcycle accident client had to say about working with our firm:

“Professional, polite and they get the job done. If you have, or had, a motorcycle, make sure that you have their phone number!” - MIKE S.

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