According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclist deaths occurred 27 times more frequently than fatalities in other vehicles. Motorcycles do not necessarily get in more crashes than other vehicles, but when they do, the consequences are far more serious.
Our team of South Florida motorcycle accident lawyers wants you to stay safe out on the road. Check out our tips and don’t hesitate to give us a call at (800) 883-5206 if you’ve been involved in any sort of motorcycle accident.
Wear a Helmet
Sure, there is no Florida law that says that you have to wear a helmet. Still, it is a good idea to don some headgear to protect yourself. If you think about it, drivers have a windshield to stop them from hitting the road. Motorcyclists have very little to help them. It is worth it to put something between your face and the concrete.
Helmets are 37% effective in preventing motorcycle deaths and 67% effective at preventing brain injuries. If you get in a wreck, a helmet could be the only thing between you and disastrous consequences.
One of the reasons that motorcycles get into wrecks is because many drivers are not looking for motorcycles. When you turn your head, you may expect to see a car. But who is looking for a chopper?
You can do yourself a favor by wearing brightly colored clothing when you go out on your motorcycle. A driver may not notice a dark leather jacket, even if it makes you look cool. What they will notice is something bright, like a white helmet or a yellow shirt.
Never Ride Tired
People come to Florida from all over the country to attend events like the St. Pete Beach Bike Fest, the Panama City Beach Rally, or Daytona Bike Week. The excitement can cause people to drive through the night. That is a bad idea. Listen to your body. If you feel too tired to ride your motorcycle safely, then take a break. A tired motorcyclist is an inattentive and uncoordinated motorcyclist. And that can be bad news.
Make Sure Your Bike Has Antilock Brakes
Antilock brakes are now available on a wide array of models, and they can be a literal lifesaver. When your brakes lock up, you lose a lot of your ability to control and steer your motorcycle. This, in turn, leads to a skid and a crash.
Wear the Right Gear
In our sunny Florida weather, it can be tempting to wear nothing more than a t-shirt, jeans, and sandals while you are out on the roads. This is a recipe for disaster. You will need to deal with the wind chill, insects, and debris. When the worst happens, you need to protect yourself from road rash should you hit the concrete.
Investing in reinforced jackets, gloves, full pants, and over the ankle footwear is the right way to go, even in summer. All this gear may be a little bit warm, though, so make sure to stay hydrated.
If you get into a wreck, we can help. The Berman Law Group wants to be your South Florida motorcycle accident lawyers. Call us today at (800) 883-5206.