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Each year motorcycle enthusiasts from all over the world flock to Daytona Beach, Florida for Bike Week. Dubbed as the world’s largest motorcycle event, this year Bike Week is set to run from March 8-17, 2013. This means an exponential increase in motorcycle traffic on the roads before, during, and after this event.
Most often drivers fail to see an approaching motorcyclist for the following reasons:
- The tendency of drivers to watch for oncoming cars, not motorcycles.
- The size of a motorcycle is much smaller than that of larger vehicles. It makes estimating the distance between them difficult.
- Motorcyclists performed frequent movements within their lane due to changing road conditions.
Unfortunately, the first fatality of Bike Week 2013 occurred in St. Augustine when a motorcycle driven by James Convertito, 49, of Shelton, Conn., collided with a truck. In this instance, the motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet and died at the scene.
Among all motor vehicles, motorcycles are the most vulnerable on the road. Because motorcycles do not have seat belts, riders can be thrown off the seat in a crash, which can result in serious injury or even death. Chances for survival are increased when riders wear a helmet and follow the safety tips below when riding your motorcycle:
1. WATCH THE NO-ZONES: Never hang out in a vehicle’s blind spot or where visibility of yourself and your bike is compromised.
2. ALWAYS WEAR A HELMET: This could be your only source of protection in a serious crash. Check to make sure your helmet is DOT approved before getting on the road. In addition to a helmet, other important protective gear includes a visor/goggles, protective clothing, gloves, and motorcycle boots.
3. DRIVE TO SURVIVE: Motorcycles are the smallest vehicles on the road. Other drivers may not see you on your motorcycle, so you must be aware of everything on the road. Be extra cautious, paying attention to the signals and brake lights of other vehicles, especially trucks. Even though your motorcycle may be small, you must adhere to the laws of the road. Never ride in between lanes in traffic or share a lane with another vehicle.
4. RIDING AND ALCOHOL DON’T MIX: Alcohol affects those skills essential to riding a motorcycle – balance and coordination. So it plays a particularly big role in motorcycle fatalities. Statistics show that the percentage of intoxicated motorcycle riders in fatal crashes is greater than the percentage of intoxicated drivers on our roads. This is why NHTSA urges all motorcycle riders to always ride smart and sober.
Canan Law would like to remind all motorists to safely “share the road” with motorcycles and to be extra alert to help keep motorcyclists safe.
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a motorcycle crash, the motorcycle accident lawyers at Canan Law can help you get your life back on track. Our motorcycle accident attorneys truly understand the legal nuances involved with a motorcycle crash and how to use the legal system when dealing with your insurance company and the insurance companies of the other drivers involved. We will work diligently to ensure that you receive the settlement you need for compensation, including property damage, medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and long-term health care. Unfortunately, we can’t change what happened, but we can help you get on the road to recovery. We offer a free consultation and our attorneys are available 24/7 to assist you.
Call us or stop by our offices at 43 Cincinnati Avenue in downtown St. Augustine if you have any questions about motorcycle accidents or personal injury cases.
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