What should new motorcyclists know before they hit the road?

You passed your motorcycle license test and have a new bike you can’t wait to ride. You’re looking forward to trips along the beautiful Daytona Beach coast with a group of your friends.

Although there are many motorcyclists in Florida, not everyone who lives there knows the rules of the road. Unfortunately, many die or are injured each year in serious accidents.

Don’t Be Hurt by Your Inexperience

Motorcycle safety is important and can save your life. Before you get on your bike, read these tips on how beginners can stay safe:

  • Wear the right gear. Under Florida law, you’re not required to wear a helmet. However, it provides significant safety if you’re involved in a crash. Additionally, choose safe riding clothes: wear a leather or reinforced jacket, gloves, pants, boots, and goggles. Although wearing this kind of clothing in the Florida summer may make things hot, it’s better to be safe.
  • Know your limits. Volusia County has many roads with twists and turns that can be dangerous for an inexperienced rider. Stick to routes you know you can handle, and leave risky roads to the experts.
  • Drive defensively. A study by the University of South Florida Center for Urban Transportation Research found that cars are at fault 60 percent of the time in motorcycle crashes. This means that you need to be especially careful and look out for distracted drivers and potentially dangerous situations. Doing so could save your life.

If you were involved in a motorcycle accident you believe was not your fault, contact the attorneys of Johnson and Gilbert to discuss your case. Learn how we have helped many motorcyclists receive the compensation they deserved, and how we will try to do the same for you.