I Had A Close Call Today With A Motorcycle. How Can I And Other Drivers Keep Motorcyclists Free From Injuries?
We are glad to hear that an accident did not occur, and are happy to give you some safety tips to follow out on the roads in order to keep you accident free and reduce the potential for Florida motorcycle accidents and injuries to occur.
Motorcyclists are more susceptible to South Florida accidents and injuries than other motor vehicles because they are smaller and harder to see on the road. Although this does not allow drivers to ignore their presence, it does make it harder for drivers to spot them on the road.
Drivers need to remember that the Sunshine State has great weather and roads for motorcyclists, which means that on every trip drivers take, they will generally encounter at least one motorcycle.
Here are some tips to help keep motorcyclists safe on Florida roads:
- Expect motorcycles
- Always signal lane changes or your intentions so that a motorcyclist knows what direction your vehicle will be traveling in
- Look over your shoulder before changing lanes to look in your blind spot
- Constantly check rearview and side mirrors to know where traffic is near your vehicle
- Always make a visual check for motorcycles before changing lanes
- When following a motorcycle, allow plenty of room and do not tailgate
- Do not attempt to share a lane with a motorcycle – give the bike the full lane
- Do not pull out in front of a motorcycle or cut one off
- Never drive distracted – stay alert
- Always drive sober
When drivers constantly look for motorcycles on the road, allow them enough room, give them plenty of following distance and signal their intentions, motorcycle safety will be increased.
If you know someone who has been injured or killed in a Broward County motorcycle crash due to a careless, reckless driver, please call a skilled Fort Lauderdale motorcycle crash lawyer at the Law Offices of David Benenfeld at 954-677-0155 for a free consultation today.