Florida’s hundreds of days of warm, sunny weather make motorcycles
a popular method of transportation. Whether you ride as a commuter or
as a hobbyist, every rider faces many of the same extra challenges that
other drivers they share the road with may not recognize. These added
hazards often make up some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents,
so it’s important to know about them in order to recognize and avoid
falling victim to one. Here are just a few of the most common causes of
motorcycle accidents in the state of Florida.
Bikes may be much simpler than cars, but that doesn’t mean you don’t
need to be extremely careful and vigilant about your bike’s condition.
A worn-out tire, broken turn signal, or engine with dirty oil all have
the potential of causing an accident. An unmaintained engine can seize
up and go dead while in the middle of the highway, causing a crash, while
a burned-out turn signal could result in a motorist not recognizing your
intention to change lanes and a painful side-swipe accident.
The best way to avoid this is to simply be diligent and keep up with your
bike maintenance schedule. Change your oil when the manufacturer suggests,
do frequent checks for all safety devices, and always inspect and repair
anything that may not feel right before going out on a ride. You never
know when something might go wrong.
Cars are generally larger vehicles, and that makes them easy to see when
on the roads. Motorcycles are normally much smaller, and that means it
can be difficult for motorists to see one, especially in low-visibility
situations, such as blind spots or night-time driving. As a rider, always
advised you keep any and all safety or visibility lights on at all times,
and wear either a brightly-colored, reflective safety vest or high-visibility
safety gear that can make you more visible to other motorists.
Motorcycles are small, extremely lightweight, and yet pack a ton of power,
which means many riders like to just twist the throttle open and take
off to experience the rush of speed. Unfortunately it’s these speeding
riders who often get themselves into trouble, winding up in situations
where they can’t stop or swerve quick enough to avoid a collision.
While it might be fun to experience the thrill of high-speeds on a tiny,
open-air vehicle, it’s also extremely dangerous, so stick to the
posted speed limit, and no faster.
This is a common cause of accidents that goes both directions. Most riders
don’t really have the ability to pick up and check their cell phone
while riding, but other motorists, billboards, or many other distractions
can all lead to a momentary lapse in judgement that results in a devastating crash.
Distracted driving is also a tremendous problem with other drivers, many
of whom have added distractions because they’re behind the wheel
of a car. Drivers on cell phones have been known to cause a high number
of accidents every year, as well as those who partake in risky behavior
such as eating or drinking, adjusting the stereo or GPS, and much more.
Be on the lookout for potentially-distracted drivers and stay as far away
from them as possible when passing to make sure they won’t accidentally
swerve into you while you’re trying to get by.
For many people, riding is a social experience as well as a personal one,
and many people will go on long rides to meet up at restaurants or bars.
Unfortunately, far too many riders will get back on the bike after having
too much to drink and that’s a recipe for disaster for themselves
and anyone else around them. Drunk riders often have to place far too
much focus into simply staying balanced, let alone actually riding and
following the laws of the road.
If you know you’re going to be riding, don’t drink. It’s
that simple. Riding while drunk is extremely difficult and causes far
too many injuries each year. It’s also against the law, and could
carry extremely heavy penalties if you’re caught doing so, even
if you didn’t cause any injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle crash, speak to
a Stuart motorcycle accident attorney today!
Call Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC at 866-675-4427 for a case evaluation.