You might have seen a popular bumper sticker which reads “Pay attention: Motorcycles are Everywhere!” When it comes to Florida roads, that statement is significant. According to a 2015 study, by the National Traffic and Safety Association (NTSA), 20 percent of all motor vehicle deaths on Florida roads were on motorcycles. The report also found that Florida had the most motorcycle-related deaths in the country. The good news is there are ways to improve Florida motorcycle safety and prevent accidents.
While some may believe that motorcyclist need to be more vigilant, preventing accidents is everyone’s responsibility including those operating cars and trucks. Today’s drivers can help avoid collisions with motorcyclist by:
· Giving riders enough room to maneuver on the road safely. Ideally, someone driving a car with give a motorcycle as much space as they would another full-size vehicle.
· Being aware of their surroundings by looking and listening for other vehicles including other cars which may be in close proximity to a motorcycle.
· Double checking before making a left-hand turn or lane change. These are common sources of motorcycle and vehicle collisions.
- Never try to share a lane with a motorcycle.
- Giving the motorcyclist at least a 4-second-following distance.
- Not being a distracted driver! Taking your attention from the road for even seconds increases the risk of being involved in a wreck.
Motorcyclist can also improve their chances of traveling safely by:
- Wearing proper safety gear including a helmet. In one study, the NHTSA found that 56 percent of Florida motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes were not wearing a helmet.
- Driving defensively. For motorcyclist, this can mean expecting the worst from other drivers. Assume the car or truck operator does not see you and act accordingly.
- Remaining visible when possible. Positioning yourself outside of blind spots and maintaining a safe distance from other vehicles can help you avoid collisions. Additionally, wearing bright colors and reflective materials can help make you stand out to motorist.
- Using safe driving practices. Even though you can move in and out of lanes quickly and more deftly than a larger vehicle, it is vital that you use good judgment. Drive at a safe speed and avoid weaving in and out of lanes.
Hopefully, by following sound practices motorcycles and other vehicles will be able to share the road safely and avoid accidents. However, sometimes collisions may occur due to the other operator’s negligence. If you are injured in a crash with a motorcycle or while you are riding your motorcycle, you could be entitled to recover monetary compensation for your personal injury damages. The attorneys at Draper Law Firm, have experience advising clients about motorcycle collision accidents and are ready to advocate for you. To learn more, schedule your free, no-obligation consultation with a member of Draper Law Office today by visiting our firm online or calling us at (866) 767-4711.