Motorcyclists usually have the cool factor down when it comes to traveling the roads and highways; and while for some that may be intentional, for most it is just the benefit of wearing the proper gear. In Florida, however, most of us are all too used to being able to walk outside at nearly any time of day in shorts, tee shirt, and sandals—and take off. This is one of the great perks to living in the Sunshine State, but it can also be your fatal downfall if you do not take time to cover up when riding a motorcycle.
The summer look is attractive on many Floridians, but believe it or not, the leather and boots and thick gloves are more about your health than your attractiveness, as they protect you from road rash and a wide range of physical harm—not to mention the helmet, which protects your brain from concussion and traumatic brain injury, as well as facial fractures and other types of damage, such as to the eyes—which is why goggles are necessary too. This type of protection usually does not come cheap; however, be sure to factor it in when you are purchasing a motorcycle, because it could be vital to saving your life.
And although you may be a fan of black leather like so many motorcyclists are, be extremely certain that you are visible to other motorists. Brightly colored jackets, shirts, helmets, and even a brightly colored motorcycle are all smart measures to take for visibility. Consider additional lighting on your bike, along with reflectors everywhere possible, including your helmet and even your boots. Take special care at intersections, and do not ever assume that motorists see you. Chances are they may not, which is why if you are turning, it is in your best interest to make eye contact with anyone else behind the wheel or traveling on a motorcycle, bike, or on foot. Also make contact in traffic when changing lanes, if you can see the motorist in their rearview mirror.
Motorcyclists also have the obvious option of being heard loudly. The ability to rev that engine may annoy some, but in the end, it makes everyone on the road aware that you are there.
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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