As a motorcyclist and Florida motorcycle accident attorney, Patacca stressed the key to staying safe on the roadways is “see and been seen”. He said being seen is helped by wearing “high-viz” yellow or orange gear – it just stands out and gets you noticed. Also, he preached the importance of protective gear which includes eye protection, a DOT-compliant helmet and jacket, pants and gloves for protection in case of an accident.
In the past few years, there has been an increase in the number of injuries and deaths of motorcyclists statewide. In 2012, 425 motorcyclists were killed in Florida and 7,809 were injured. Riding defensively and being aware of your surroundings is paramount to staying safe. Patacca said one of the biggest threats facing motorcyclists is distracted drivers such as those who text while driving. He urged drivers to put down their cell phones and motorcyclists to anticipate hazards on the road.