Motorcycle Safety Tips from Our Experienced Lawyers
Florida is second only to California for motorcycle ownership in the United States, but Florida also tops the list for the number of motorcycle accidents every year. Motorcycle accidents can lead to severe injuries such as spinal injuries, traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, joint injuries, and scarring.
Motorcycle accidents can occur for a variety of reasons, and many are not the fault of the person riding the motorcycle. While a Florida motorcycle accident lawyer can help you pursue compensation for injuries caused by another driver’s negligence, there are actions you can take to help reduce your chances of being involved in an accident in the first place. Taking these steps can also make it easier to demonstrate the liability of the at-fault driver if an accident does occur.
Here are some tips that every motorcycle rider can introduce to make their journeys safer.
Think Safety First
There are several elements involved in safer motorcycle riding. Motorcycle safety includes the way you dress, your awareness of other drivers, and weather conditions, but there are other considerations, too. Consider the following:
- Avoid driving a motorcycle while intoxicated or fatigued, even if you believe you are not legally impaired at the time.
- Keep to the speed limit.
- Monitor the weather conditions and drive more slowly if the weather worsens.
- Check your motorcycle before each drive. Look for signs of wear or tear that may cause your motorcycle to perform poorly.
Taking these actions can help protect you while you are on the road and can demonstrate that you are a careful, considerate driver if you are injured in a motorcycle accident through no fault of your own.
Dress for the Occasion
Every motorcyclist should be geared up for safe driving. Wear protective gear such as pads to cushion your elbows and knees and protective eye gear in case of an accident.
In addition, choose reflective gear so other drivers can see you more easily. Research published in the British Medical Journal suggests that motorcyclists who are visible are less likely to have their rights encroached upon by other drivers. Brightly colored motorcycle gear is especially important at night and during heavy fog.
Wearing protective equipment and ensuring both you and your motorcycle are as visible as possible to other drivers can help you demonstrate the liability of the other driver if you are involved in a motorcycle accident later.
Be Aware of Other Drivers
Stay aware of other motorcyclists and drivers and of the conditions you are driving in. According to the National Highways Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the top causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- A driver suddenly changing lane
- Drivers turning left
- Lack of awareness at intersections
- Poor weather
Being aware of others on the road can help you anticipate their actions, which may give you a better chance of avoiding a motorcycle accident.
Introduce a Proper Maintenance Schedule
Your owner’s manual will usually provide some guidance on how often you should take your bike in for checks and inspections. This can ensure your motorcycle is operating as it should while you are riding it.
If you have questions that are not answered in the owner’s manual, speak to your manufacturer or supplier for specific advice regarding the make and model of your motorcycle.
We Can Help If You Were in a Motorcycle Accident
If you or a loved one was injured in a motorcycle accident caused by another person or entity, a Miami motorcycle accident attorney can help you pursue compensation for your injuries, losses, and other expenses. Call the Law Offices of Wolf & Pravato today at (954) 633-8270 to learn more about how we can protect your rights and fight for the compensation you deserve.