One contributing factor is more people are buying motorcycles. On Saturday, my firm hosted a Client Appreciation Night at the Clearwater Threshers Game. It so happened to be motorcycle night as well. The place was covered with motorcycles!! I'm not sure if it is the high gas prices or the image of John Travolta riding cross country, but there has been a 48% increase in motorcycle registrations since 1995.
In 2006, nearly 5,000 motorcyclists were killed in car accidents. Non-fatal motorcycle injuries also increased significantly. The most shocking rise in deaths is the 40-plus age group.
Tips for safer motorcycling include:
1. Buy and wear a helmet. Passengers should wear helmets also.
2. Wear protective clothing to cover your arms and legs. The right clothing offers protection and more visibility to other drivers.
3. Attend a rider-training course to learn how to safely and skillfully operate your bike.
4. Be courteous. Avoid tailgating, riding between lanes of slow-moving and stopped traffic.
5. Use signals, when appropriate, to clarify your intentions.
There are simply too many bad drivers in Florida causing car accidents. Motorcyclists must pay added attention so avoid a car accident with one of these drivers.
If you have been injured in a Florida motorcycle accident, you should contact an attorney before talking with the insurance company. Insurance companies ave attorneys looking out for their best interest after your accident, so should you.
My law firm has been representing those injured in car accidents, motorcycle accidents, and work injuries for over 52 years. To contact me for more information about your rights and responsibilities after an accident, simply click here.