During the summertime Florida becomes flooded with motorcycles. As a motorcyclist, your risk of being involved in a Daytona Beach motorcycle accident is increased exponentially. That is why you should remind yourself of some of the popular motorcycle safety tips—before you hit the roadways.
Safety starts before you hit the road
Motorcycle safety begins before you even turn that key. Here are five things you can do to keep yourself safe before you jump on your bike:
- Review the owner’s manual, especially if it is a newer bike or you are new to riding.
- Make sure you are wearing a durable motorcycle helmet.
- Check all cables, and test your brakes before leaving the driveway.
- Check your oil and fuel levels.
- Make sure your horn, headlamp, brake light, and turn signals are working properly.
When you are on the road
There is no doubt that you are at your greatest risk while on the roadways. When riding your bike on the roads, you should:
- Take every precaution necessary to make sure that other drivers can see you. Make sure that your headlamp is on at all times and avoid other vehicles’ blind spots.
- Make yourself aware of any road hazards. This may include uneven pavement, potholes, loose gravel, and railroad tracks.
- Be cautious when changing lanes and passing other vehicles. Avoid weaving in and out of traffic.
Be cautious when the sun goes down
Recent studies have concluded that dusk is the most dangerous time to be on a bike. Dusk poses special challenges, as people’s eyes are adjusting from daylight to headlights.
Riding with passengers
You should also take special precautions when riding with a passenger. Before anyone hops on the back:
- Make sure your motorcycle is designed to carry a passenger.
- Make sure they are old enough to be on the back of a bike.
- Make sure they are wearing a helmet at all times.
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident
Though you are a careful rider, you could still be involved in a motorcycle accident. Someone else’s negligence can lead to you and your passenger suffering a serious injury. If so, you might be able to hold that person liable for your damages.
Our team at Johnson & Gilbert, P.A. is experienced in handling motorcycle accident injury claims. Our goal is to make sure your rights are protected and that you receive the best medical care possible. We will also fight hard to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.
If you or someone you know was injured in a motorcycle accident, contact one of our experienced Daytona Beach motorcycle accident attorneys at Johnson & Gilbert, P.A. at (386) 673-4412 or (800) 556-8890.