The weather in Florida is beautiful in May, and, for some, it’s the perfect time to go for a motorcycle ride. May is also a great time to remember to stay safe on and around motorcycles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has designated May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. It’s the perfect time to brush up on safety tips for motorists and motorcyclists.
Sharing the Road with Motorcycles
It’s important for the drivers of larger vehicles to be mindful of sharing the road with motorcycles and motorcycle safety. Motorcyclists are more likely to be seriously injured in an accident with a car or truck. Motorists can do their part to keep motorcyclists safe by:
- Always Check Mirrors and Blind Spots—Motorcycles can be hard to see, especially when they’re in your blind spot. Check your mirrors,but also be sure to turn around and check your blind spot before changing lanes or turning
- Give Them the Whole Lane—Motorcycles are entitled to an entire lane on the road. It is extremely dangerous to attempt to share a lane with a motorcycle.
- Give Them Extra Room—Because motorcycles stop differently from other vehicles, it’s important to leave plenty of stopping distance between you and the motorcycle.
- Be Aware—The best thing you can do to keep motorcycles safe is to stay alert and keep in mind that you’re sharing the road with motorcycles.
Tips for Motorcyclists
Motorcyclists can also do their part to stay safe. Operating a motorcycle takes different skills than driving a car, so it is important to take steps to stay safe including:
- Wear a Helmet—One of the most important things you can do to protect yourself on a motorcycle is to wear the proper helmet. Helmet use saves lives.
- Wear Protective Gear—Protective clothing and gear can help minimize injuries in case of an accident.
- Obey Traffic Rules—Motorcyclists aren’t exempt from traffic rules so make sure you are riding under the speed limit, following traffic signals, and don’t break the rules by engaging in dangerous maneuvers like lane-splitting.
- Ride Defensively—While motorists have an obligation to be aware of motorcycles, don’t assume that you are visible to other vehicles. Always keep your headlights on, try to stay out of a driver’s blind spot, and signal in advance of any change in direction.
Contact a Trusted Motorcycle Accident Attorney
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may want to consult with a trusted and experienced motorcycle accident attorney. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we have extensive experience helping Floridians injured in motorcycle accidents, and we’re here to help you. Contact us online or call us at 800-753-5203 to set up your free consultation.