South Florida’s perfect weather is a dream for motorcyclists. If you own a motorcycle chances are you have enjoyed driving around the city site seeing. According to the Florida Highway Safety and Motor vehicle report, there have been an increase in motorcycle injuries and fatalities in the past few years. Some people blame the increase on the repeal of the helmet law in the state of Florida.
Florida stopped requiring motorcyclists to wear helmets in the year 2000. During the first three years after the new law went into effect, motorcycle fatalities increased by 81%. Drivers and passengers under the age of 21 are required to wear a helmet for safety reasons. Anyone over the age of 21 can wear a helmet if they want to, but it’s not mandatory by law.
Unfortunately, this law has left motorcycle drivers and passengers at an increased risk of injury and death. Drivers of cars, SUVs, and trucks point fingers at motorcycle drivers due to their dangerous driving habits. The most common scenarios are driving in between lanes to skip traffic, weaving in and out of traffic causing accidents and speeding. Chances are you have experienced a traffic sighting of a motorcyclist not driving properly or disobeying standard traffic laws.
It’s true that some motorcyclists are dangerous drivers, but not all of them can be put under the same umbrella. There are experienced motorcycle drivers that have been driving for over 40 years and never experienced an accident. However, on South Florida’s busy streets, even the most experienced motorcycle driver is at risk of a serious accident. The risk increases because of the amount of traffic in the area and automobile drivers not being able to see the motorcyclist.
How many times have you been driving an automobile and suddenly got surprised by a motorcycle? The answer is probably often. There need to be improvements on both sides. Auto drivers need to be cautious around motorcycle drivers and stay a few car lengths away when driving behind them. On the other side, motorcyclists need to drive slower and beware of dangerous drivers such as in rush hour traffic.
A common scenario between motorcyclists and auto drivers is not being able to stop fast enough. Motorcyclists often get hit by cars that are unable to see them when changing lanes. This situation happens to many drivers. If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident that has led to an injury. Or, if you know someone who has died due to a motorcycle accident contact an attorney today for further assistance.