The motorcycle is so much more than just a utilitarian mode of transportation for those traveling on the highways and byways of the US. Motorcycling is a lifestyle, with great camaraderie enjoyed by those who share an appreciation for the outdoors and a greater sense of freedom in travel. There are actual health benefits to riding a motorcycle too, and novices will usually find themselves quickly getting into shape. Financial benefits abound also: motorcycles can be much less expensive to buy in comparison to a newer car (depending on your preference!), fuel is much cheaper, and in some cases parts and maintenance can be less. The environmental footprint can also be much smaller.
Unfortunately, one of the major downfalls in riding a motorcycle is navigating safety issues while sharing the roads with motorists—and as traffic accidents involving cars increase, so do those involving motorcycles and everyone else. Motorists driving trucks and cars are protected by vehicles weighing exponentially more, not to mention a range of safety mechanisms not available to the motorcyclist. Their vulnerability on the road can lead to much greater risk of leg injuries, broken bones, facial trauma, road rash, traumatic brain injuries, and more.
Even with public access to affordable driving courses, widespread safety information, and a continuing drive for motorists to watch out for motorcyclists on the roads, fatalities have continued to rise, with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data placing Florida in the number one spot for motorcycle crash deaths. The top five counties for fatalities are listed as Miami/Dade, Hillsborough, Broward, Palm Beach, and Pinellas.
While distracted driving has taken an unpleasant hold over motorists in Florida (as well as the rest of the nation as the leading cause for injuries and deaths), speeding, reckless driving, and operating a vehicle while drunk or on drugs are still among the most common reasons for accidents and fatalities. Visibility issues are often a reason for accidents and fatalities too, but motorists are responsible for being alert to everything and everyone around them as they drive, as well as being tolerant of everyone sharing the road. Drivers should always check blind spots, give motorcyclists plenty of space, and be extremely cautious when turning at intersections.
Diligent and defensive driving is more important than ever for today’s motorcyclist. Proper training and experience is necessary before heading out into heavy traffic and promoting a strong presence in traffic can make a great difference, wearing bright colors, revving the engine when necessary, and making eye contact with motorists before turning. Keeping the headlights on and shifting in lanes when needed to avoid being in motorists’ blind spots can help prevent serious accidents too.
If you 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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