The month of May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in Florida and across the nation. The goal of this campaign is to bring awareness to motorcycle safety and to get motorists to “share the road” with motorcyclists, in order to decrease motorcycle accident injuries and fatalities.
According to the National Safety Council, it is estimated that in 2009 there were over 11 million motorcycles on the road in this nation. Because there are so many riders on the road, motorists need to be aware of motorcyclists’ needs and drive accordingly.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates that over two-thirds of fatal motorcycle accidents involve a motor vehicle. Most motorcycle crashes in Florida that involve another vehicle occurs because the driver of the vehicle did not see the motorcyclist in their blind spot, did not look out for them before they changed lanes, or did not have time to react. These negligent driving behaviors could cost motorcyclists their lives.
It is important that drivers of vehicles know that their actions including distracted driving, speeding, drowsy driving, negligent driving, and drunk driving contribute to the safety of a motorcyclist who is sharing the Florida road with them.
Beware – Florida’s Warm Weather May Increase Motorcycle Accidents
Now that the warmer weather is upon us, more bikers may take to the roads to enjoy the fresh air and wind against their skin. Motorists need to be mindful of this as they are driving their vehicles.
Drivers of cars should look over their shoulder before changing lanes, never share a lane with a motorcycle, give greater following distance when traveling behind a motorcycle, and look out for motorcycles before making a left turn.
Motorcyclists also need to do their part to avoid being injured in a motorcycle accident in South Florida. Motorcyclists need to wear motorcycle helmets and protective gear, use turn signals when changing lanes, avoid swerving in and out of cars, avoid riding in a motorist’s blind spot, follow road rules, do not speed, and check tires and brakes regularly.
Although these tips will not prevent every motorcycle accident from occurring, it may help keep more motorcyclists safe this upcoming summer – if everyone does their part to “share the road”.
If you are injured in a South Florida motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries, medical bills, therapies, lost wages, and much more. Call the Law Offices of David Benenfeld to speak with a knowledgeable motorcycle accident attorney in Fort Lauderdale today at [number type=”2″] or [number type=”1″].