Tips to Prevent Motorcycle Accidents on Florida Highways and Interstates
For motorcycle enthusiasts in Fort Pierce and in other areas, Florida offers an abundance of rallies and special events specifically geared to bikers. While these provide plenty of opportunities for fellowship and camaraderie with like minded people, you want to be sure to take the proper precautions when traveling to attend. Motorcycle accidents can result in serious and potentially life threatening injuries, particularly when traveling in traffic and at high speeds. The following highlights some simple tips to help ensure you arrive at your destination safely.
Protecting Yourself Against Motorcycle Accidents and Injuries
A motorcycle accident that occurred on the Florida Turnpike near Fort Pierce in August 2018 highlights the potential dangers bikers face when traveling. According to the TCPalm, the accident occurred over rush hour along Angle Rd. The biker, a 47-year-old man who police have not identified, was airlifted to a local hospital with serious injuries.
According to Motorcyclist Online, increased highway speeds, frequent lane changes, and the sheer abundance of motorists make motorcycle accidents on major highways and interstates not only more likely, but also more potentially life threatening. To protect yourself in these situations, it is important to follow these safety tips:
- Avoid aggressive drivers: Despite the fact that you have the right to be on the road and that bikers contribute large sums of tourism dollars into local communities, the fact is that some drivers are still likely to resent your presence. As a result, they may be more likely to engage in aggressive driving behaviors, such as tailgating, improper passing, and failure to yield. In these situations, it is best to keep your distance. Do not engage, simply let them pass, and pull over to notify law enforcement is the situation seems to be escalating.
- Beware of distracted drivers: Despite laws prohibiting it, drivers continue to text and use cell phones behind the wheel. Distracted driving is a leading cause of car accidents and virtually any activity can divert your attention from the road long enough to make an accident more likely. Pay close attention to drivers behaving erratically and those swerving in and out of their lanes.
- Steer clear of speeders: Speeding or even going too fast for conditions is extremely dangerous for all motorists and can increase the likelihood of potentially fatal injuries, particularly when motorcyclists are involved. Again, let these drivers pass you and avoid trying to either outrun them or make them slow down.
- Be alert for drunk drivers: Driving under the influence can occur at any time of day, but it is particularly common at night and on weekends. Use extra caution when riding during these times.
Contact Us Today for Help
When motorcycle accidents do occur, the Law Firm of William E. Raikes, III is here to help you get the compensation you need to recover. Call or contact our Fort Pierce motorcycle accident attorney online and request a consultation to see how we can assist you today.