In Florida, a biker’s greatest pleasure is waking up, suiting up, and taking off on a motorcycle adventure to explore our state’s gorgeous coastal plains and lively cityscapes. Sadly, the actions of a negligent motorist can alter the course of a rider’s life forever. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 5,000 bikers are killed in motorcycle accidents each year. In 2017, this tragic statistic included 590 Floridians, making Florida the 4th most dangerous state for motorcyclists in the country.
Drivers regularly put motorcyclists in danger by engaging in the following behaviors:
While alarming, these tragic statistics don’t even include the thousands of bikers who are catastrophically injured by distracted, speeding, and intoxicated drivers every day. Erik Avanier, a reporter for News4Jax, recently interviewed local bikers, including Marcy Moyer, a motorcyclist who works for Jaguar Power Sports, about this data. Moyer explained that she isn’t surprised by the number of fatalities, and that she sees “a lot of people veering in and out of their lanes, and if you look at them, you see they are on the telephone. They’re not seeing me until it’s too late.”
The motorcycle accident attorneys at The Pittman Firm, P.A. have compiled the following safety tips to help bikers and drivers safely share the road this summer:
10 Safety Tips for Motorcyclists:
10 Safety Tips for Drivers:
We hope these tips help you have a safe and enjoyable summer. However, if you’re injured by the actions of a negligent motorist, contact the motorcycle accident attorneys at The Pittman Firm, P.A. as soon as possible. Our skilled litigators can investigate your case, help you file a comprehensive claim, and guide you in securing restitution that facilitates your physical and financial recovery.Contact The Pittman Firm, P.A. at (850) 764-0383 to schedule a free case evaluation.