Motorcycles are fun. In fact, in Florida alone, there are over 558,000 registered motorcycles. With sweeping highways and warm weather, it should come as no surprise that the number of motorcyclists in Florida has continued to slowly increase over the past few decades.
However, as you may be aware, there are significant risks involved with motorcycle riding. In particular, the rates of accidents and deaths are significantly higher than with vehicles. It is more than an order of magnitude greater as motorcyclists are 26 times more likely to die in a car crash than as passengers in a car.
In fact, Florida has the highest rates of motorcycle crashes in the country. Motorcyclists accounted for one-fifth (19%) of motor vehicle fatalities in the state, while only making up about seven percent of licensed motorists.
“Since the repeal of the helmet law in Florida, motorcycle fatalities have more than doubled,” said Karen Morgan, Public Policy Manager, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “While helmet usage is a controversial issue among riders – bottom line they save lives.”
One-third (32%) of motorcyclists in Florida do not think they should be required to wear a helmet when riding. Although helmet requirements are a controversial issue, many riders claim to wear some form of safety gear while riding.
The majority of bike riders wear the following safety gear when riding:
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) clearly states that the best way to reduce risk of fatality and injury when riding a motorcycle is by wearing a helmet. Along with protecting the brain from sudden impacts and blunt force trauma, a helmet can be hit several different times over the course of an accident, providing a wide range of cover.
A face shield deflects the high-pressure, high-volume of air that bears down on motorcycle riders.
Guess what the first part of your will hit the ground during a motorcycle accident. If you guessed abating other than your feet or ankles, then you are incorrect. Injuries to feet and ankles are incredibly common, as they are often the part of our body we automatically reach out to stop our fall. Foot injuries can result in months of recuperation. Limit the danger to this part of your body by wearing snug riding boots.
Your hands can become easily damaged in an accident. Gloves provide protection against abrasions that typically occur when we instinctually throw our hands up during a fall. Gloves ensure a sizeable amount of protections when they are thick and well padded.
A leather jacket will keep your organs and muscles safer by providing an extra layer of padding when an accident occurs.
Helmets that meet a high protection standard, eye wear, closed-toe footwear and protective clothing reduce your risk of injury or death in an accident.
Keep headlights, marker and tail lights on at dusk or rainy weather. Wear bright clothing or wear reflective strips to make your bike more visible to other motorists. Avoid being in blind spots from other vehicles
Avoid waving between lanes while riding. Be sure to use your signals and stick to the speed limit.
Complete a motorcycle safety course to make you a better driver, and will save you money on your motorcycle insurance.
If, despite these precautions, you nevertheless end up in a motorcycle accident, then the personal injury attorneys at Shaked Law Firm will make sure you get the compensation you deserve. Call us today for a free consultation.