Tips to Avoid a Motorcycle Accident
In 2012, over 600,000 motorcycles were registered in Florida. As a motorcycle rider, you know that you need to pay attention to your surroundings more so than if you were driving a regular vehicle, and you hope that others will do the same, but this isn’t always the case. Motorcycle accidents happen more than they should and usually end with tragic results for the rider.
There are some important tips you can keep in mind when it comes to safely riding your motorcycle to avoid a fatal or life-changing accident.
Wear a helmet! Since Florida is a no-fault state, it’s required for drivers to have an insurance policy, which covers at least $10,000. So, if you are 21 years old or older, you are not legally required to wear a helmet, but this is where many riders make a huge mistake. While helmets are bulky and sometimes uncomfortable, they were created for a reason: to save your life and protect your head. Wearing a helmet can mean a world of difference, including life or death after an accident.
- Practice makes perfect. If your bike is new or even if you have had your motorcycle for years, practice makes perfect. It can improve your driving skills as well as train your mind to pay closer attention while driving.
If you’re inexperienced with your bike, ride your motorcycle on roads that aren’t busy or practice through the city side streets so that you can perfect your skills.
- Drive defensively, but don’t make dumb decisions. As a motorcycle rider, you must drive defensively and alert other drivers while on the road. Be sure to stay in the line of vision of surrounding drivers.
Driving defensively doesn’t mean riding your bike into spaces that other drivers can’t, because this means they also can’t see you. You should drive as cautiously as you would if you were in a vehicle, if not, more.
- Be ready for anything. Keeping yourself vigilant and aware will keep you prepared for any possible issues on the road. This means checking your mirrors, staying aware of surrounding vehicles, and keeping a safe distance between you and other drivers.
If someone around you is driving erratically, then do what you can to get out of his or her way or take a different route. Always keep your hands over both of the brakes so that if you need to stop immediately, you will be able to react accordingly.
If You Have Been in a Motorcycle Accident…
Getting into an accident can be scary enough, but if you were riding a motorcycle during an accident, you may be facing more serious injuries. Because these accidents can be so severe, it is important that you contact an accident lawyer immediately.
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