It’s a wonderful feeling to get out in the fresh air after a busy day at work, or 40-plus hours in a weekly jag of servitude to your job and myriad daily responsibilities. Most motorcyclists enjoy that feeling of being able to hop on their bike, rev the engine, and feel the wind in their hair, taking advantage of their more economical and unfettered choice in transportation. Whether you are involved in a daily commute though or going on a road trip through some of the most scenic byways of the US (not to mention just in Florida alone), there is much to be said for getting outdoors, traveling with freedom, and often enjoying the company of like-minded souls.
For most motorcycle enthusiasts, it is not a good idea just to purchase a motorcycle and ride off into traffic without prior training. These bikes are extremely heavy objects, even if you buy the most lightweight of motorcycles, and they require strength on the part of the rider; in fact, your strength will just continue to build with each ride as you work your core each time.
Unfortunately, however, hazards abound on the road, and especially for travelers left more vulnerable to cars and trucks, whether driving a motorcycle, bicycle or traveling on foot. Visibility is often an issue for others on the road as they may not take the proper time to look when slamming on the brakes, changing lanes, turning left at intersections, or turning right into a crosswalk area; this is why motorcyclists must drive even more defensively.
Injuries in a motorcycle accident can be catastrophic, if not fatal. Every time a motorcyclist lays down their bike, their life could hang in the balance. While road rash is one of the most dreaded results of a motorcycle accident, along with a concussion and traumatic brain injury (most likely if there was not a helmet being worn), broken bones are extremely common. Motorcyclists may commonly experience broken arms, but even more so—broken legs and foot injuries occur as the motorcycle falls directly on them during a crash.
Protective gear should always be worn, beginning with the helmet, but also to involve thick pants and heavy motorcycle boots. Although it may often be tempting in Florida to don a bathing suit, flip flops, and take off down the road, such carelessness could result in devastating injury.
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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