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Angelo Patacca was recently a guest on WJCT’s First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross to discuss motor­cycle safety for Bike Week in Daytona

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.