Motorcyclists are uniquely exposed on the roadways. They are often difficult
to spot and easily overlooked, especially when driving at night or sharing
the roadway with distracted drivers, which is often lamentably inevitable.
However, your decisions are your best safety net and there is much you
can do to prevent being in a
Make an Effort to Be Seen
One of the chief complaints among motorcyclists is that other drivers don’t
see or look for them. (One of the chief complaintsabout motorcyclists is that they are hard to see.) Improved visibility can eliminate
a great deal of the risk associated with hitting the road on a motorcycle.
This can be done by wearing bright colors or reflective material on your
helmet, jacket, boots, etc., driving with your lights on (even during
early evening hours when there is enough sunlight to see without them),
and maintaining enough distance between you and the motorists around you
that you are unlikely to be rendered invisible in another driver’s
Steer Clear of Risky Behavior
Taking decisive action to practice cautious driving can protect you from
the consequences of other motorists’ irresponsibility and inattention.
While there are no guarantees that safe driving will always help you avoid
accidents, it significantly decreases your likelihood of being involved
in a collision.
There are a few common mistakes that motorcyclists make on the roadway.
One particularly dangerous behavior is riding in the open areas between
parked vehicles and an active travel lane. This poses a significant danger
to everyone in the immediate vicinity and is a sure-fire way to collide
with a pedestrian, an open car door, or another vehicle waiting to merge
into the active travel lane. The safest way to avoid colliding with these
or any other stationary objects is to go along with the flow of traffic
in the active travel lane, instead of trying to bypass it.
When your brakes, tires, lights, etc. are in working condition, you can
depend on your motorcycle’s functionality and safety features. This
will be especially important when proper functionality helps you avoid
accidents. If your treads wear down, you risk sliding into another vehicle
when roads are wet. If your lights are not regularly checked, you risk
driving in the dark and being virtually invisible to other drivers. If
your brakes are not checked, you risk colliding with another vehicle and
flying off your motorcycle. The list goes on, but the point is this: Proper
maintenance will keep you alive.
Get the Right Gear
This one is easy. Ensure you have all of the necessary equipment to properly
operate your motorcycle and preserve your faculties as a driver. This
includes having sunglasses and proper eyewear, a DOT-approved helmet,
gloves that will help you maintain your grip, etc.
What to Do When You’re in an Accident
If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident, the first thing you should
do is call
Rosenberg & Rosenberg, PA at (888) 499-6206 or
schedule a free consultation to speak with one of our Ft. Lauderdale motorcycle accident lawyers today.
With over 160 years of combined experience, we are prepared to help you
secure the best possible outcome and ensure that you are treated fairly
every step of the way.