With its warm weather, beautiful scenery and historic highways, Florida is a great place to ride a motorcycle. However, it’s also a dangerous state for motorcycle accidents, with one of the highest crash rates in the nation.
While all drivers must be aware of motorcyclists and prevent accidents from occurring, riders can also improve their safety through a number of simple actions. The following are some tips:
- Wear a helmet: The state of Florida does not require motorcyclists over 21 to wear helmets, but it’s a good idea to use one anyway. Helmetless riders are about 40 percent more likely to experience a fatal head injury in an accident and three times as likely to suffer brain injuries than those who have head protection.
- Invest in other protective gear: In addition to helmets, riders should wear leather or reinforced jackets, pants, gloves and protective glasses or goggles. This gear can protect against debris, bugs and other hazards — and they can be a lifesaver if you crash. Brightly colored apparel will also allow others to more easily see you.
- Always be aware: Many drivers of cars, trucks and SUVs fail to notice motorcycles on Florida’s roads and highways. Be aware of this fact and always be on the lookout for other drivers who may not see you coming.
- Consider anti-lock brakes: Motorcycles with anti-lock brake systems are more than 35 percent less likely to be involved in a fatal accident than those without them. These systems are available on a wide range of bikes and can be a sound investment for your safety.
- Watch for bad road conditions: Potholes and loose gravel can be incredibly dangerous for motorcyclists, causing them to skid out or lose control of their bikes. Be aware of these hazards and try to avoid rough or poorly maintained roads whenever possible.
Even if you do everything right, the negligence of another driver could result in a serious crash. If you need to explore your legal options for securing compensation, consult an experienced Bradenton motorcycle accident lawyer with Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh.