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Motorcycle Safety in Florida

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In the United States, there are over 6 million registered motorcycles. With gas prices getting higher, motorcycles are becoming a more ideal way to travel for millions of Americans. After all, motorcycles are cheaper to purchase and maintain, and of course, have excellent fuel efficiency.

Despite the bonuses of riding them, they also have one serious drawback: their motorcycle safety. Motorcycles are representative of approximately 11 percent of the crash-related fatalities in the United States each year, while motorcycles only represent 3 percent of the total number of registered vehicles in the United States.

Cars and trucks have more body mass than a motorcycle. They have additional safety features that protect their drivers and passengers, while a motorcycle rider is completely exposed and without any form of protection.

As a motorcycle rider, it is imperative you protect yourself on the roads because others will not be doing it for you. By practicing motorcycle safety, you may be able to reduce the likelihood of an accident.

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Essential Motorcycle Safety Tips for Florida Motorcycle Riders

As a motorcycle rider, you are at risk for serious, if not fatal, injuries. While you cannot control other drivers on the road, there are things you can do to limit your risk. One of the most important is being aware of what causes motorcycle accidents in Florida, which include:

    • Visibility Issues – Motorcycle accidents often occur in Florida because the car or truck driver didn’t realize there was a bike rider there. Motorcycles are much smaller than vehicles; therefore, it is hard for them to stay out of a vehicle’s blind spot. By using your headlights, you may be able to increase your visibility even during the day.

    • Inexperienced Riders – Many motorcycle riders do not have the experience they think they do. Most do not realize how quickly they need to maneuver in traffic and they also do not realize the limitations of their bikes. It is best to hone your abilities and not venture into conditions you are not yet experienced to ride in, such as riding on the freeway after only riding for a few days.

    • Driving under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol – Just as with motor vehicles, riders should never get on their motorcycle while impaired. Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol could make it difficult to react properly in certain riding situations, reduce your attentiveness, and lead to extreme accidents.

  • Speeding – Motorcycle riders should never speed. As a rider, you are responsible for following the rules of the road just like cars; therefore, look out for posted speed limit signs and adhere to them. Speeding is one of the most common reasons motorcycle riders lose control of their bikes and crash.

  • Lane Changing – When you go to change a lane, always be on the lookout for cars. Cars never look for motorcycles; therefore, they may not see you changing lanes. Signal before changing a lane and if you can, and make eye contact with the driver alongside you so they know you are changing lanes, too.

  • Road Conditions – Motorcycles do not have the same tractions as motor vehicles; therefore, they shouldn’t be treated as the same. If you have limited riding experience, do not ride on roads with debris, under construction, etc. All it takes is a small inconsistency in the road to make you lose control of your bike.

  • Tailgating – You should never tailgate – whether you are in a car or riding a motorcycle. Tailgating puts you at risk for injury and if you were to rear end the vehicle in front of you, you could be thrown from your bike. If a car is tailgating you, move over to the next lane so they can pass rather than risk having them rear-end you on your bike.

4 Crucial Things to Do Immediately After a Motorcycle Accident

Injured in a Motorcycle Accident? Contact the Attorneys at Leifer Law Firm Today

If you or a loved one was injured in a motorcycle accident, you need compensation for your injuries. Because most motorcycle riders sustain more serious and costly injuries, then you need a West Palm Beach motorcycle accident attorney that can fight for your rights and get you the compensation you deserve.

Leifer Law Firm is here to help motorcycle riders and their families do just that. Contact us today for a free consultation and we will meet with you where it is convenient. If you are still in the hospital, we can come to you.

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