The number of motorcyclists on the road in Florida has steadily increased every year for the past decade. In addition to our resident riders, Florida is a popular tourist destination and a host to many motorcycle events throughout the year.
Unfortunately, as the number of motorcycles on the road has increased, the likelihood and frequency of collisions with other motor vehicles have also increased.
Too often, motorcycle accidents involve significant bodily injury and loss to the rider. If you or a loved one is involved in a motorcycle accident you should speak with a Jacksonville motorcycle accident attorney.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 4,612 motorcyclists were killed in 2011 and approximately 37% of those fatal crashes happened on the weekends during the months of March, April, and May.
To lessen the risks associated with riding a motorcycle, think “see and be seen.” When approaching intersections, anticipate and be prepared for “that car” about to make a left across your path. Using auxiliary or driving lights, in addition to your headlight, helps motorists notice you from all the other traffic – same with hi-viz colored and reflective gear.
Wear eye protection and a DOT-compliant helmet. Ride within your limits and always ride sober. Finally, stay out of a vehicle’s blind spot and get away from any driver that is distracted by a cell phone.
That may sound like a lot, but it’s easy to get on track and stay on track when you’re dedicated to remaining safe.
As a motorcyclist, you’re well aware that danger is lurking around every corner. Even the safest and most knowledgeable bikers are at risk of serious injury or death in an accident.
On the plus side, understanding the top causes of motorcycle accidents may help you prevent trouble on the road.
Consider the following:
With some of these causes, you can personally adjust your approach to reduce the likelihood of an accident.
For example, you have full control over how fast you drive and how you change lanes.
However, you don’t have control over other drivers or road conditions. If someone opens their car door into your path of travel, you only have a split second to make a decision.
You hope you never find out what it’s like to manage the aftermath of a motorcycle accident, but it’s best to prepare for anything that could go wrong.
Here’s what you should do if you’re in an accident:
There’s no shortage of motorcycle accident frequently asked questions, with these among the most common:
Were you or a loved one recently injured in a Florida motorcycle accident? If so, it’s critical to learn more about your legal rights for seeking compensation from the negligent party.
At Terrell Hogan, we’re available to answer your questions, provide legal guidance, and help you seek compensation for all your damages.
Contact us online or via phone at (904) 722-2228 to discuss your case with an experienced and knowledgeable Florida motorcycle accident attorney.
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