As other states are just coming out of their winter slumber, Florida is blessed with great weather year round making this a haven for motorcycle enthusiasts. There is nothing like a ride along the Intracoastal, the sun on your face, and the smells of delicious food coupled with the ocean scents wafting through the air. With greater than 1.1 million endorsed motorcyclists and 593,000 registered motorcycles, as well as the population of tourists who love to ride, many enjoy the Florida motorcycle scene, keeping motorcycle safety at the forefront of the minds of Floridians year-round.
In 2013, the most recent report available performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), shows that nationwide, motorcycle deaths accounted for greater than 4,300 deaths or 13% of the overall motor vehicle fatalities on our roadways. Though motorcycling is typically thought to skew towards a younger demographic, there are more people over the age of 40 taking a recreational interest. Interestingly, 34% of rider fatalities were among males greater than 50 years old. The fatalities coincide with the increased ridership levels during the months of May through September.
As we are in the month of May, we though it prudent to share with our readership some tips to remain safe as you either engage in this recreation or are sharing the roadways with motorcycles.
Motorcycle Rider Safety Tips
Wearing the appropriate attire while riding adds to the maintenance of your physical safety. Using the following guidelines could help to lessen injuries while on the road.
Wear the Right Gear
We see more often now motorcycle helmets equipped with cameras. Many times this is for the rider’s protection. Other times, riders take risks like speeding, weaving in and out of traffic, and racing other riders. The video from these interactions then end up shared via social media for public consumption. Though this may seem basically harmless, racing and speeding can have dire consequences.
Possible Outcomes of Street-Racing
Safety Tips for Other Motorists
As we all enjoy the spring and summer seasons and the good weather and possibilities for outdoor recreation, there comes a responsibility to use care. If you enjoy riding, take precautions. Ensure your safety and that of those around you. If you operate a passenger vehicle, remember to use due care on the roadways. Motorcycles are sometime difficult to see and it can equally difficult to gauge their distance because of their size and potential speed. Though we owe it to one another to watch our surroundings and use care – and most people do – accidents still happen. In those instances, you can turn to the attorneys at Steinger, Iscoe, and Greene to help you work with the insurance companies, navigate the legal system, and understand your rights.
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