Whenever there is an accident involving a motorcycle and a four-wheeled vehicle, such as a car or a truck, the rider on the motorcycle is the party most likely to suffer the most injuries. The reason is simple: a motorcycle rider lacks the additional protections the occupants of the other vehicle have, such as airbags, seat belts, and a steel cage surrounding them. Because of this, motorcycle riders should take extra precautions to remain safe on Florida roadways.
Take a Class
A basics class is a fantastic way for people new to riding to learn how to be safe riders. However, for riders with years of experience, there are classes available to help you hone your skills.
In addition to teaching you tactics and information that will help keep you legally compliant and safe, enrollment in motorcycle classes may lower your insurance rates.
Be a Defensive Rider
Defensive motorcycle riders take precautions to ensure they have the space and time needed to react to whatever situation may arise. It is important to find a balance that allows you to be assertive without being aggressive. Also, one of the best proactive ways to stay safe is to perform regular maintenance on your motorcycle to keep it in top working order.
There are bad drivers everywhere, and as a motorcycle rider, you need to be aware of your surroundings at all times. This means to be alert for distracted drivers but also pay attention to potholes, stopped vehicles, and other hazards you may encounter.
After many motorcycle accidents occur, the other vehicle’s driver claims they never saw the motorcycle. To prevent yourself from being overlooked, take action to be seen by other motorists. Whenever possible, wear bright, easily visible colors. Reflectors on your clothing or bike are a huge plus. Also, keeping your headlight on is extremely helpful. Finally, if it seems that another motorist is not aware of you, honk your horn until they realize you are there.
Avoid Bad Weather & Roads
When possible, avoid riding in bad weather. If your motorcycle is your main mode of transportation, this may not be possible. However, if you ride for pleasure, it is in your best interest to save this hobby until the sun is out and the sky is clear. Also, avoid pothole-riddled roads and roads that are notorious for accidents.
Speak With a Florida Motorcycle Accident Lawyer at Martin Law Firm, P.L.
If you have been injured in a Florida motorcycle accident, you need representation from counsel that understands how the law works and can help you recover the compensation you deserve. We are attorneys experienced in personal injury law, and we are here to help. You may contact us by calling 239-323-9820 or reaching out on our contact page.