How to Stay Safe on Your Motorcycle

Given the enhanced risk of motorcycle riding, it is extremely important for motorcyclists to follow basic safety protocols.

Wear a helmet

Although Florida law permits riders over the age of 21 to ride without a helmet if they carry $10,000 or more in medical benefits insurance, all riders benefit from their use. Motorcycle helmets have been shown to be 29% effective in avoiding fatal injuries, and 67% percent effective in avoiding serious brain injury.  For additional protection, riders should wear a helmet that provides full face protection.

Use protective clothing

Proper clothing also helps riders to avoid serious injury from crashes and roadside debris. Important clothing items include specialized padded motorcycle jackets, bright and conspicuous clothing, and either jeans or leather leg coverings as well as appropriate shoes or boots.

Pay attention to weather conditions

Because motorcycles have less traction than cars and do not have windshield wipers to ensure front visibility, motorcyclists are highly prone to harm from poor weather conditions such as rain or sandstorms.  Therefore, before going out in the road, motorcyclists should always check the weather reports and avoid riding in dangerous weather conditions.

Avoid distractions

Distracted driving can be deadly. This is particularly true for motorcyclists. The enhanced risks and limited visibility of motorcycles requires motorcyclists to remain extremely aware of their surroundings.  This is impossible if the rider is changing the settings on an iPod or looking at a phone while riding.

By following basic safety protocols, a motorcyclist can greatly reduce the likelihood and potential harm of an accident. If you or a family member has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident, it is important to retain an experienced, local personal injury firm that can help you receive the compensation that you deserve.

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