People who ride motorcycles have just as much right to be on the roads as drivers of other vehicles. It’s imperative that all drivers remember to watch for motorcycles as they drive. This can help to keep everyone on the road safe.
May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, so this is a great time for everyone to brush up on the skills they need to ride around these vehicles. Remember these two important rules of the road:
Distractions can kill
Taking your eyes off the road for even a few seconds can be deadly. Drivers must remain vigilant so they don’t strike a motorcyclist. Individuals who are on motorcycles don’t have the protection of a vehicle frame around them. They’re 5 times more likely to be injured and 26 times more likely to die than a person who’s in a passenger vehicle.
Motorcycles have a low profile
It’s easy to overlook motorcycles, especially at intersections when there might be obstacles on the roadside. All drivers should double-check the roads to ensure they aren’t cutting off a motorcyclist. Around 70% of vehicle-motorcycle crashes happen at intersections. Crashes involving a motorcycle and passenger car are likely to be the fault of the car driver. Around two-thirds of crashes involving motorcycles and another vehicle are because the driver of the larger vehicle didn’t give the motorcycle the right of way.
Any motorcyclist who’s injured in a crash with another vehicle may opt to pursue a claim for compensation. An attorney who’s familiar with motorcycles and the impacts of a crash can help you to assert your claim so you have a chance to recover the financial damages you suffered in the wreck. Just remember that Florida law sets time limits on how long you have to file a claim.