Motorcycles are fun, stylish, and are great on gas, so it is no secret why so many people in the state of Florida ride them. However, if you do, you must ensure you do so safely. This is why our Jacksonville personal injury attorneys have compiled this short list of motorcycle safety tips for all motorcyclists throughout the state of Florida. Please continue reading to learn more.
- First and foremost, as a motorcyclist, the most important thing you can do is wear protective gear. This means wearing a helmet at all times, as well as protective eyewear, and also ensure that you wear a heavy, padded jacket and knee pads to protect you from abrasion injuries, should you ever fall off of your motorcycle.
- Additionally, you should always inspect your motorcycle before taking to the road. A quick inspection to ensure everything is in order may save you greatly in the long run. You should also understand that if you suspect something is wrong with your motorcycle while you are driving, you should pull over immediately. Do not even try to take your bike to a mechanic on your own, as this can cause the problem to worsen and cause a serious accident.
- Obey all rules and regulations of the road. These are in place for a reason. This means that you should never speed (this is the number one cause of motorcycle accident fatalities), you should never drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and you should always obey all traffic lights and signs. Also, ensure that you never tailgate the motorist in front of you. If they stop short and you are too close, it can cause a very serious accident. Always stay at least three car lengths back from the driver in front of you.
- See and be seen. This means that you must be aware of your surroundings at all times. Survey the road and know when people are merging or changing lanes, and know where all other motorists are in relation to yourself. Additionally, ensure you always use blinkers or hand signals when appropriate, ensure your motorcycle is equipped with reflective gear, and, especially if you plan on riding your motorcycle at night, wear bright clothing so you are clearly visible to all other motorists.
Lastly, understand that if you are ever wrongly injured in a motorcycle accident, our experienced Jacksonville personal injury attorneys are here to fight for your right to financial compensation. All you have to do is give us a call.
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