Bikers and motorcyclists face extraordinary dangers when traveling on Florida roadways with other larger motor vehicles. The simple fact that both bicycles and motorcycles do not provide any type of coverage for their riders means that when an accident occurs, the risk of serious injuries and death is much greater that it is for those traveling by automobile.
David I. Fuchs is a Fort Lauderdale injury lawyer who knows firsthand how much devastation can be caused by an accident involving a cyclist/motorcyclist and a motor vehicle. That being the case, the following tips are provided to help bikers and motorcyclists stay as safe as possible on area roadways.
Whether this is your first time riding a motorcycle or you’ve been riding for years, it is always a good idea to take part in a motorcycle training course. Such classes are designed to teach individuals how to operate their motorcycles proficiently and safely.
Most accidents involving motorcycles and automobiles take place at intersections, so it is especially important for motorcyclists to be knowledgeable and extra vigilant in those areas.
It is also important for motorcyclists to avoid traveling in a motorist’s blind spot. Visibility is key to avoiding collisions, and thinking ahead in anticipation of what an automobile driver may do is also very helpful.
Motorcyclists are also encouraged to avoid drinking and riding. The use of alcohol and/or drugs can slow a motorcycle operator’s reflexes considerably such that he or she may not be able to operate the motorcycle in a safe manner.
Wearing appropriate clothes, shoes and gloves while riding a motorcycle is also recommended. Protective, reflective garments can help shield riders not only from the elements, but they also act as a layer of protection from the pavement should an accident occur.
Just like motorcyclists, bicyclists are susceptible to serious injuries and death if an accident takes place. Many motorists may not be aware that under Florida law, if they are attempting to pass an individual riding a bike, they must leave at least three feet between them and the cyclists when passing.
Since bikers enjoy the same roadway rights as those in motor vehicles, they are also required to obey the same traffic laws. This means that cyclists are required to stop a red lights and stop signs, ride with the traffic and yield the right-of-way when entering a road, among other things.
Cyclists are also required to ride as close to the right-hand edge or curb of the roadway when they are not traveling at the same speed as other vehicles. Additionally, cyclists traveling on one-way streets that have two or more lanes are permitted to ride as close to the left-hand edge as possible.
Individuals who ride bikes are encouraged to check with their local governments, as some cities, counties and municipalities have their own ordinances and regulations with respect to bike riding. If you or someone you love has sustained injuries from a bike or motorcycle crash, do not hesitate to contact the Law Offices of David I. Fuchs as soon as possible.