Florida and motorcycling often go hand in hand. From big bike rallies to the opportunity to take in the warm, salty air, the state offers motorcyclists unmatched thrills.
Unfortunately, even the safest motorcyclist faces increased risks due to other drivers. In the first half of the year, the state already had 318 motorcycle fatalities, according to Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Before heading out for a ride, motorcyclists should consider three common ways other drivers put them at risk.
1. Stopping or going through intersections
No matter what a person drives, intersections pose various risks. From running red lights to not stopping soon enough, or turning in front of motorcyclists, these events all pose potentially fatal outcomes. Knowing that distracted driving and speeding continue to factor into most accidents, every intersection requires extra attention.
2. Navigating passing lanes
While big trucks have blind spots in front, on the sides, and in the back, so do many passenger vehicles. When making a lane change, another driver may easily lose sight of a motorcycle or not see the driver coming up, leading to getting forced off the road.
3. Riding in heavy traffic
Florida has some of the busiest roads around. The large volumes of commuters, truckers, and vacationers all lead to congestion that naturally comes with added risks. When stuck in traffic, many drivers start to aggressively drive or ignore traffic directions. In doing so, motorcyclists can easily get caught up in a situation that never needed to happen.
A motorcyclist accident means an increased risk of severe injuries or a fatality. If an accident happens, victims and their families have the right to seek compensation.