May 13, 2013
The month of May is Motorcycle Safety Month.
The truth of the matter is that motorcyclists are much more vulnerable to crashes than other drivers. Many accidents happen because motorcycles are hidden in a vehicle’s blind spot. It is important that motorists always make a visual check for motorcyclists by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic.
Our Fort Myers motorcycle accident lawyers understand that there were close to 450 motorcyclists killed in traffic accidents in the state of Florida in 2011. According to the latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), we were ranked as the second most dangerous state in the country for these kinds of accidents, only falling behind the state of Texas.
For Motorcycle Safety Month, all motorists are reminded to safely “share the road” with motorcycles and to be extra alert to help keep motorcyclists safe. Motorcyclists are reminded to make themselves visible to other motorists.
This is the perfect time for motorcyclists to brush up on their riding skills. You may be a veteran biker, but there’s always room for improvement and there’s always room for safety. With close to 3,000 Motorcycle Safety Foundation RiderCourses, there are plenty available to you. Check out the RiderCourse locations to find the one nearest you. It’s a class that can save lives.
Florida’s sunny weather, beautiful beaches, and scenic highways make it a popular place for motorcycle enthusiasts. The state also is host to popular motorcycle rallies such as Biketoberfest and Daytona Bike Week. The growing number of residents and visitors in Florida who love riding motorcycles make motorcycle safety an important issue.
But motorcycle safety should be everyone’s concern, especially those in passenger vehicles. It’s also important that we’re using our turn signals. Using predictive measures, we can help to keep other drivers out of the danger zone, in case we do overlook another vehicle.
Don’t forget to get these motorcycles their room, too. They may be much smaller than our vehicles, but that doesn’t mean that they’re not worthy of the same rights. Never share a lane with a motorcyclist and it’s important that we don’t tailgate them. You also want to make sure that you’re allowing them with enough room when passing.
Also, remember that because of its small size, a motorcycle can be easily hidden in a car’s blind spots (door/roof pillars) or masked by objects or backgrounds outside a car (bushes, fences, bridges, etc). Take an extra moment to thoroughly check traffic, whether you’re changing lanes or turning at intersections. Awareness can help to save lives, it can help to keep your driving record clean and it can help to keep yourself out of a legal mess.
If you or someone you love has been involved in a motorcycle accident, contact the Hollander Law Firm for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your case. Call us today at 1-888-751-7770.