Orlando motorcycle accident lawyer Martinez Manglardi PA says there are more than a million reasons to “Look Twice” for motorcycles when driving in Florida. That’s because there are more than 600,000 registered motorcycles in Florida and at least another 400,000 riders are here for Bike Week. While that tends to make for risky riding, safety advocates say there are some proven ways to cut down on Daytona Beach Bike Week motorcycle accidents.
As the National Safety Council points out, preventing motorcycle accidents is a two-way street. Firstly, drivers must be educated on how to share the road with bikers. “When motorcycles and other vehicles collide, it is usually the other (non-motorcycle) driver who violates the motorcyclist’s right of way,” according to the National Highway Traffice Safety Administration (NHTSA). “There is a continuing need to help other motorists ‘think’ motorcycles. We need to educate motorcyclists to be aware of this problem.”
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The problem stems from the fact that motorcycles are relatively uncommon in day-to-day driving. Out of sight out of mind, so most drivers don’t expect to be negiotating traffic situations with bikers. A motorcycle is smaller than a car, thus gets a smaller claim on a driver’s attention.
Also, according to the NHTSA:
- Automobiles have obstructions and blind spots that can obscure or hide a motorcycle and rider. These include door pillars, passengers’ heads, and areas not visible in the mirrors.
- Other conditions affecting the vehicle—such as precipitation, glare, and cargo—can further impair a driver’s view and obscure motorcyclists.
- Objects and environmental factors beyond the vehicle, including other vehicles, roadside objects, and light patterns can make it more difficult for drivers to identify motorcyclists in traffic.
Bikers need to maintain their vehicles, drive defensively, and never drink and ride. Because motorcycle accidents can have traumatic consequences, we need to do whatever we can to stop them from happening. But accidents happen. If you become a motorcycle accident casaulty becuase of negligence, you’ll want the best Orlando Motorcycle Accident Lawyer you can find.
For more than 30 years, the Orlando personal injury lawyers at Martinez Manglardi have been helping accident victims get the compensation they deserve. For a free case review, call 407-846-2240 fort an appointment at one of our convenient Central Florida locations.