This October 20th through the 23rd marks the 16th Annual Thunder Beach Autumn Rally in Panama City, Florida. As the leading state in the nation for motorcycle fatalities, it is paramount to keep safety in mind even during a time of celebration and fun. Wearing protective safety gear such as helmets, face shields or glasses, boots, jackets and vests, as well as observing rules of the road can save lives, spare injuries, and preserve property. Bikers should particularly maintain alertness and do all they can to ensure they are visible to others on the road. Using signals, driving within the speed limit, and not weaving between lanes are safety measures a motorcyclist should take to help avoid accidents.
Of course, there are ways in which automobile drivers may also ensure a safer environment on the road for motorcyclists and themselves. Listen for nearby motorcyclists, but also pay attention to your surroundings since you may not always be able to hear them. Many crashes involving both automobiles and motorcycles occur during left-hand turns, so it is important to be cautious while making such turns. Ultimately, awareness and safe driving can make all the difference between life and death.
With such a high concentration of motorcyclists in the area during this rally, reaching record breaking numbers for this event, and an already high motorcycle crash fatality rate in the state, keeping these safety tips in mind is particularly important for all drivers.
At The Pittman Firm, P.A., we handle a wide range of personal injury cases, including motorcycle accidents. If you or a loved one was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, our firm can help obtain just compensation.
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