Riding a motorcycle can be more dangerous than driving in another type of vehicle. Motorcyclists do not have the added protection of a vehicle surrounding them, and other motorists often show a lack of regard for their safety. There are steps that Florida drivers and motorcyclists can take to reduce the likelihood of accidents involving motorcycles. In May, National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, the National Safety Council is making an effort to educate riders and drivers on good safety habits.
What other vehicles can do
In motorcycle accidents involving other vehicles, it is often the car or truck that is at fault. Motorcycles are smaller, and it can be easy for drivers to overlook them. Motorcycles are also more likely to be in their blind spots. Motorcycles have a faster reaction time than cars or trucks, so their moves may surprise drivers. Drivers should keep all of these things in mind so they can take precautions.
Safety precautions for motorcyclists
As for motorcyclists, wearing a helmet can be important in preventing fatalities. It is also important that they are quality helmets, new and with stickers from the Department of Transportation. Motorcyclists should work on constantly improving their skills. Older motorcyclists who are going back to riding after years or decades away should be aware that bikes are more powerful and drivers are dealing with more distractions than ever before. Refresher courses can help get them safely back on the road.
Other safety tips
Other precautions motorcyclists can take include having antilock brakes and wearing bright clothing. Keeping their lights on can also make them more visible to motorists. Motorcyclists should operate under the assumption that drivers do not see them and drive defensively.
If you are a motorcyclist who is injured in a motor vehicle accident and it is the fault of the other driver, you may want to consult an attorney. You may be able to get compensation from the driver’s insurance company, and an attorney may be able to help you with the steps you need to take.