Florida's Bike Week Can Mean More Accidents
Motorcyclists and bike enthusiasts filled the streets of Daytona for Bike Week. Between March 4 and March 13, fans of motorbikes gathered to appreciate the vehicles, share their interests in the topic, and have a good time. For the 75th consecutive year, Daytona Bike Week drew large crowds. Businesses and community organizations donated their time and merchandise to help the event.
However, the increase in motorcyclist in Florida translates to a higher risk of an accident. Florida leads the nation with the number of motorcycle accidents that occur every year. In their most recent study, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that an average of 4,668 motorcyclists were killed in a year, while another 88,000 were injured. One of the primary causes of the crashes is riding while intoxicated.
While the Daytona Bike Week is a time to celebrate shared interests in motorcycles, it is important to take precautions and follow the rules. Many revelers will participate in eating and drinking during the festivities. It is important, however, not to ride your bike while drunk. Not only does the motorcyclists put their own safety at risk, they endanger the lives of others on the road.
Tips for Motorists:
- Be mindful of others on the road
- Give other riders enough space
- Look and listen, both for potential dangerous drivers and pedestrians
- Adhere to all traffic laws
- Avoid distracted driving
At The Pittman Firm, P.A., we want everyone to have a great time at the Bike Week. However, safety is important. If you were injured because of a negligent motorcyclists, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact our Panama City motorcycle accident attorneys today for a free consultation. We will review your case and inform you of your legal rights. Don’t let someone else’s mistakes cost you and your family.