Tips on Miami-Dade Motorcycle Accident Safety

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A motorcycle accident has the potential to cause serious injuries and thus require the services of a Miami-Dade personal injury lawyer to recoup costs you’ve incurred.

Because motorcycles do not provide the same amount of protection as a passenger vehicle, motorcyclists could sustain head injuries, cuts, burns, fractures, and much more. If you are a bike rider, you should know that — by following a few simple safety tips — you could reduce your chance of being involved in a motorcycle accident.

A number of motorcycle collisions occur because the motorist wasn’t even aware that a motorcyclist was around. To be sure that drivers can spot you when you’re on the road, try the following: 

  • wear reflective or bright clothing;
  • ride with your headlamps on (even when it’s daytime);
  • always use your traffic signals; and
  • never drive in a vehicle’s blind spot.

In addition, you can always blow your horn if you believe that a motorist doesn’t notice you or is getting a little too close. 

Drive Defensively

As they say, the best offense is a good defense. This is certainly true when you are on a motorcycle. After all, you know you’re a good driver, but what about the other people on the road? While you’re riding, you should always be vigilant of potential hazards, such as negligent drivers, vehicles that are about to turn, railroad tracks, etc.

When you are riding behind a vehicle, always make sure to leave some room in case the motorist stops suddenly. While a two-second gap may be fine at slower speeds, you should increase the gap when driving faster.

Intersections can be a dangerous place for a motorcyclist. If you are riding in the right lane, watch for vehicles that are trying to turn. If you are turning left, be careful about turning in front of cars. 

Don’t Drink and Ride

Drinking alcohol can have an impact on your riding abilities. When you are intoxicated or under the influence of drugs, your reaction time and judgment may be decreased, increasing the chances of a serious motorcycle accident. 

Contact a Miami-Dade Personal Injury Lawyer

Unfortunately, you could still be involved in a motorcycle accident even if you follow safety tips. If you were recently injured, a Miami-Dade personal injury lawyer can help you file a claim against the responsible party in order to request the compensation you need for your losses. For a free consultation on your case, please contact the Falk & Falk Law Firm at 305-279-0999 today.