Motorcycle Safety: Enjoying the Open Road Safely in Florida
Motorcycles are a common sight in Florida due to the warm weather in the area. It can be fun to ride around and explore the city on two wheels, but with this freedom comes dangers.
Occupants of cars have some protection in the event of a crash. They have seat belts as well as the frame of the car surrounding them. Motorcycles do not have these luxuries. Because of this, even the most seemingly minor motorcycle accident can lead to very serious injuries or even death.
Motorcycle fatalities have doubled since 1997. In 2017, motorcycle accidents killed 5,172 people. More than 90% of the victims were male. Twenty-eight percent were intoxicated.
Because of the dangers involved with riding a motorcycle, it’s important to stay safe. Here are some tips for novice and experienced riders alike.
Take a Safety Course
Even if you have been riding for decades, it never hurts to take a refresher course to hone your skills. You can learn advanced techniques, such as how to avoid accidents. This could save your life in an emergency situation. Visit the Motorcycle Safety Foundation for courses in your area.
Wear a Helmet
While Florida does not require helmet use for riders over the age of 21 who carry adequate insurance, wearing one is still a good idea. Helmets protect the brain and skull from fatal trauma. Riders who don’t wear one are three times more likely to suffer brain injuries.
Avoid Riding in Bad Weather
Motorcycles have a much harder time than other vehicles in bad weather. Rain and ice make roadways extra slippery and can cause a bike to spin out. Wind can push you off the road. Try to avoid riding in these conditions. If you must ride your motorcycle, slow down and be extra cautious.
Watch for Road Hazards
Motorcycles have little contact with the pavement, so any little bump in the road can throw a motorcyclist off balance and cause a wreck. Sand, gravel, oil slicks and leaves can cause a bike to slide. Be aware of potholes, roadkill and other debris that can throw you off your bike.
Make Sure Your Bike is a Right Fit
Your motorcycle should not be too small or too tall. You should be able to sit on it comfortably and maneuver it with ease. Your bike should also work well for you in terms of speed. Motorcycles today tend to have more performance than the bikes from decades ago. A bike with a 250- to 300-cc engine is enough for commuting around town.
Contact a West Palm Beach Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today
Safety should be a priority for motorcycle riders. Motorcyclists have little protection in the event of a crash, so injuries can be severe and even fatal.
The West Palm Beach motorcycle accident lawyers at Pike & Lustig, LLP can help you or your loved one recover compensation for injuries and other damages. We can hold the liable parties responsible for their actions. Schedule a consultation with our West Palm Beach office today.