It’s not unusual to see motorcycles and cars sharing a Florida road or highway. However, because motorcycles are open to the elements, those who ride them may be more vulnerable to bodily injury or death in an accident. Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to keep yourself safe whether you’re in a car or on a bike.
Safety tips for motorcyclists
If you are riding a motorcycle, be sure to cover as much of your body as possible. This typically means wearing a helmet, leather jacket and pants. You may also want to wear boots or a pair of closed shoes to provide maximum protection in the event of a crash. In addition to protecting your head, a helmet can keep bugs or debris from causing facial injuries or becoming a distraction on the road. Ideally, any clothing you wear will be bright enough to attract the attention of others around you.
Safety tips for motorists
Motorists are encouraged to give motorcycles extra room on the road to minimize the risk of a crash. Reducing your speed may also reduce the risk of motor vehicle accidents or minimize the severity of any accident that does occur. Finally, it’s not easy to see a moving motorcycle. You should constantly scan the road to ensure that you don’t run red lights or take other actions that endanger the bike riders.
Safety tips that apply to everyone
Ideally, no one will operate a car or motorcycle while impaired or while extremely tired. Operating a car or motorcycle while distracted or during periods of bad weather may also make you vulnerable to an accident.
If you are involved in a crash while riding a motorcycle, you may be entitled to compensation. A financial award may enable you to repair your motorcycle or pay medical bills incurred in the aftermath of a wreck. You may settle personal injury cases outside of court or through a formal trial if settlement talks are not fruitful.