Safety Tips for Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month
For motorcycle enthusiasts, May is the perfect time to hit the open road. It is right before the summer temperatures soar and prior to when many of the seasonal tourists pour in. There are plenty of events and activities to attend throughout the month and on into the rest of the year. In honor of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, which is held yearly in May, we encourage you to play it safe and take the time now to brush up on some simple safety tips which can help to reduce your risks for motorcycle accidents and injuries.
Protect Yourself Against Collisions With Other Vehicles
Motorcycle crashes and collisions can happen to even the most experienced drivers. According to Florida’s Integrated Report Exchange System (FIRES), close to 10,000 motorcycle accidents occur throughout the state each year, resulting in nearly 8,000 injuries and more than 500 deaths.
Motorcycles provide little protection in the event of collisions with other motor vehicles. Unfortunately, many motorists are unfamiliar with the intricacies of riding a motorcycle and can take actions which put you and other riders at risk. When on the road, be alert for the following:
- Motorists engaged in aggressive driving behavior, such as tailgating and improper passing;
- Those who may swerve into your lane when making turns or going around curves;
- Driving right next to a motor vehicle, which could put you in their blind spot;
- Motorists who make sudden movements, such as slamming on the brakes at red lights or cutting you off, which could cause you to crash into them.
Be Safe on Road
RideSmart Florida uses Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month to educate riders about the actions they could be taking which increase the accident risks. They urge all motorcyclists in the area to follow these safety tips:
- Avoid distractions on the road. Keep your eyes on the road, your hands on the wheel, and your mind focused on driving at all times.
- Avoid reckless driving behaviors. This includes speeding, going too fast for conditions, and running red lights or disregarding traffic signs and signals.
- Avoid driving fatigue. Driving while tired impairs your judgement and reaction times. Make sure you get plenty of sleep, especially before a big ride.
- Avoid drinking and riding. While alcohol is readily available at different biker events, be sure you are done riding for the day before you begin drinking.
Other ways you can protect yourself include making sure your bike is well maintained and that you have the appropriate safety gear. This includes wearing a helmet to protect against injuries, wearing long pants and boots in case of skids, and wearing gloves so that you can more securely grip the steering wheel.
Let Us Help You with Your Case
When motorcycle accidents happen, the Law Firm of William E. Raikes, III is here to help you get the compensation you need to recover. We act as a strong legal ally on your side, to help hold at fault drivers accountable. To request a consultation, call or contact our Fort Pierce motorcycle accident attorney online today.