According to the NHTSA’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System, 4,502
motorcyclists died in motor vehicle accidents in 2010, including 396 in
Florida. Unlike vehicle occupants, motorcyclists are not enclosed in a
steel auto body, protected by safety features like airbags and seatbelts.
In the event of a crash, they are much more vulnerable to serious injuries,
making it important for motorcyclists and motorists alike to take measures
to prevent motorcycle accidents. If you have sustained serious injuries
in a motorcycle accident, or if your family member was killed in one,
an experienced Sarasota injury attorney can help you get the justice you deserve.
Motorcyclist Safety Tips
Based on 2002 crash data, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
estimates that, per mile driven, motorcyclists are about 27 times more
likely to die in a motor vehicle accident than people riding in automobiles.
One of the most important safety precautions motorcyclists can take is
to wear a helmet at all times. It is estimated that helmets reduce motorcyclists’
risk of dying in a crash by 37 percent. In fact, according to the NHTSA,
“an unhelmeted motorcyclist is 40 percent more likely to suffer
a fatal head injury . . . than a helmeted motorcyclist” in the event
of a crash.
Other safety tips include:
- Complete an approved motorcycle safety training course
- Choose a bike that is size-appropriate
- Perform safety checks before each ride
- Never operate a motorcycle under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Always observe posted speed limits
- Avoid motorists’ blind spots
- Maintain a safe distance, especially around large trucks
- Be ready to respond to hazardous road conditions
- Avoid riding in unsafe weather conditions
- Watch out for vehicles making left turns
It is important for motorcyclists to remember they are sharing the road
with much larger vehicles, and other drivers may not notice them.
Motorist Safety Tips
According to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, “historically, approximately
two-thirds of all car/motorcycle crashes have been caused by the car driver.”
Motorists can take a number of steps to avoid collisions with motorcycles, such as:
- Never drinking and driving
- Observing posted speed limits
- Giving motorcyclists room to change lanes quickly in response to road conditions
- Allowing extra distance when following a motorcycle
- Watching out for motorcycles at intersections, especially before making
a left turn
- Always using turn signals
- Treating motorcycles the same as full-size vehicles
If you or your loved one has been in a motorcycle accident, contact a qualified
Sarasota injury lawyertoday to protect your legal rights.