Attorney David I. Fuchs
Mar. 4, 2014
Motorcycles are popular methods of transportation for Florida natives and visitors to the state, with the perpetually sunny weather and blue skies. But accident attorneys in Fort Lauderdale say that the sheer abundance of motorcyclists in the area has bumped up the number of motorcycle accidents in recent years. With the rise in popularity of the Daytona Bike Week, motorcycle safety and driver awareness is even more important to avoid accidents and fatalities.
Every year, as many as 500,000 bikers come to Florida to celebrate Daytona Bike Week, an annual event for motorcycle enthusiasts around the country. Although traffic is slowed down during this week, and signage posted to warn both pedestrians and drivers of the congested traffic, it is still difficult to keep every biker, driver, and walker safe with so many people out on the road. It is imperative that bikers take adequate steps to protect themselves during Bike Week, and every other time they are out on their motorcycles.
During Bike Week, the number of drivers who are inexperienced or new to motorcycling drastically increases, especially as first-timers to the event flood the state’s streets. With so many bikers in one place, the risk of colliding with other bikers is much higher throughout the popular event. During this festival, personal injury attorneys in Fort Lauderdale urge all bikers—both experienced and new—to use extra caution, and driver carefully. Wearing bright colors can help drivers in cars and on other bikes see you while on the road at night. A helmet can offer an extra layer of protection, should you be thrown from your bike in a collision with another vehicle, and wearing protective gear such as long pants and a heavier jacket may provide a little extra cushion as well.
Injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident are often more severe, and even fatal, because of the exposure of the driver. A bike offers little protection for the rider’s head and upper body, and the heavy body of the bike can easily crush a rider’s legs, arms, or torso upon impact. The risk involved in motorcycling has led many states to mandate helmet wearing for bikers and their passengers. In Florida, all riders under the age of 21 have to be wearing a helmet while on a motorcycle, and anyone 21 and over has the option to wear a helmet, or to go without. Usually, police officers will not stop a rider simply for not wearing a helmet, unless they feel that the rider is under 21.
The majority of motorcycle accidents occur when a biker collides with another biker or a vehicle driver while on the road. These crashes are especially dangerous in accidents where the driver fails to yield the right-of-way to a biker, or makes a left turn in front of the biker, or fails to notice the biker altogether. Driver impairment—both of the biker or the vehicle operator—due to alcohol or drugs is especially dangerous, as a biker’s ability to stop suddenly or driver carefully can be compromised.
At David I. Fuchs, Injury & Accident Lawyers, P.A., our personal injury attorneys represent motorcyclists who have been injured due to another biker or driver’s negligence. If you were involved in a motorcycle accident, contact David I Fuchs for a consultation today. Drive safe, and enjoy Bike Week!