According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 34,000 motorcyclists lost their lives in motorcycle accidents between 2001 and 2008, representing a 55 percent increase in the death rate for riders.
Tragedy could easily have been avoided in all too many Tampa motorcycle accidents if motorists had been behaving responsibly while they were on the road.
Below we take a look at some simple safety tips that riders and drivers alike can put into place to help improve road safety in Tampa and throughout Florida.
Motorcycle Safety Tips for Riders
- Use Proper Protective Gear: Durable clothing, non-slip gloves and a well-fitted motorcycle helmet are key to road safety.
- Know Your Bike’s Limits: Don’t put yourself in harms way by pushing your bike’s capabilities.
- Be Visible: Avoid blind spots and use your headlights when riding in low light conditions. Consider wearing bright or reflective clothing while you ride.
- Respect Other Drivers: Don’t weave in and out of traffic or ride on the shoulder. Avoid tailgating.
Safety Tips for Sharing the Road with Motorcyclists
All motorists have a responsibility to ensuring that our roads are safe for everyone by sharing the road appropriately.
- Give Motorcyclists Space: Tailgating is always dangerous, but it’s particularly irresponsible when it comes to sharing the road with bikers.
- Check Your Blind Spots: Be aware of your surroundings and what’s going on in your blind spots, especially before turning or changing lanes.
- Use Your Turn Signals: Give cyclists plenty of time and space to react when you need to turn or change lanes.
- Avoid Distracted Driving: Taking your attention away from the road can lead to tragedy in an instant. Be responsible when you’re on the road and avoid common distractions like mobile devices.
Have you been injured in a motorcycle accident in our area? Call our Tampa motorcycle accident lawyers today at 1-800-753-5203.
Call Abrahamson & Uiterwyk today at 1-800-753-5203 if you’ve been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident in our area. We can evaluate your case for free and may be able to fight for your rights.