Today, there over 500,000 motorcycles registered in the state of Florida—and it is easy to see why so many enthusiasts would want to ride unfettered from the constrictions of a car or truck, enjoying the fresh air on back roads and by-ways, and in many areas, spectacular landscapes. Next to California, Florida has the second highest number of registered motorcycles, and if you are a native or frequent visitor, then you probably understand why. Unfortunately, greater numbers of motorcycles on the road (and cars, and bicyclists, and pedestrians) means greater chances of having an accident. While the health benefits of motorcycling may be great—from that total core body workout every time you ride, to the spiritual uplift and the sense of camaraderie with so many others—safety must come first.
As a motorcyclist, you must always remember to remain visible, wearing bright clothing when possible (and if you have a brightly painted bike, even better). If you can attach neon reflectors to your helmet, boots, bike, and anywhere else, you will be that much safer when traveling at night, along with adding extra lights. The key is to be seen by motorists, as well as heard, which can be accomplished by revving your engine at stoplights and intersections. Protective gear is vital to avoiding road rash and other injury—especially traumatic brain injuries or facial fractures with the protection of a motorcycle helmet.
Like many motorcyclists, you may want to share the joy with a partner—or just need to give someone a ride from time to time. Added safety measures should be taken such as:
- Making sure your motorcycle can handle both your weight and that of a passenger also, especially if you plan to ride together often
- Providing protective gear for your passenger, such as a helmet.
- Knowing how to balance properly as they get on the bike—this can be trickier than it seems.
- Making sure the passenger knows to grip on to you tightly from behind so the two of you are not jostling about when coming to an abrupt stop, going around curves, and more.
- Instructing passengers on how to maneuver their weight as you make turns and other maneuvers. This is one of the most important aspects of carrying a passenger, as their natural inclination to lean in the opposite direction as you turn could cause an accident.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence of another driver, contact the attorneys at Heintz & Becker. We’ve helped victims from Bradenton, Sarasota, and all over Florida get compensation for their damages and medical expenses after accidents. Call us for a free consultation now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help!
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