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May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

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There is nothing quite like riding a motorcycle and taking in the beautiful scenery that Florida has to offer. However, with the increasing number of riders on Florida roads comes the risk of motorcycle accidents. Recognizing this, May is designated as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, a time dedicated to promoting safe driving practices and increasing awareness among all road users.

Understanding the risks, preventive measures, and overall motorcycle safety should be a priority for everyone. Unfortunately, far too many vehicle drivers fail to recognize the presence of motorcyclists or treat them with the necessary caution.

Bikers can suffer severe injuries in motorcycle crashes

Unlike most passenger vehicles, motorcycles do not have an external frame to absorb impact in the event of a crash. This leaves riders more vulnerable to serious injuries and even death. Motorcycles are also smaller and less visible, especially in heavy traffic or poor lighting conditions.

In 2022, Florida saw a total of 9,270 motorcycle accidents. This resulted in:

  • 605 motorcycle fatalities
  • 1,845 motorcyclist incapacitating injuries
  • 5,450 other injuries sustained by motorcyclists

What are the most common causes of motorcycle accidents?

Motorcycle accidents typically happen when vehicle drivers fail to uphold their duty of care on the road. This includes:

  • Speeding, which reduces drivers’ reaction time and stopping distance, and increases crash severity.
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
  • Failure to check blind spots before turning or switching lanes.
  • Making left turns without looking for oncoming motorcyclists.
  • Following too closely behind a motorcycle, which increases the risk of a rear-end collision.
  • Failure to yield to motorcyclists, especially at intersections.
  • Texting and driving, multitasking behind the wheel, and engaging in other distractions.

To address the dangers motorcyclists face, Every day, Ride Smart Florida sheds light on the importance of motorcycle safety. Motorist actions significantly impact motorcyclist safety. To ensure the safety of everyone on the road, especially motorcyclists, the Florida Department of Transportation offers these tips for drivers:

  • Before making a turn or pulling out, always double-check for traffic.
  • Always check your blind spots before changing lanes or turning.
  • Treat motorcyclists with the same respect you give other motorists.
  • Maintain at least a four-second distance between your car and the motorcycle ahead.
  • Pay attention to a motorcycle’s position relative to any point on the road.
  • When passing a motorcycle, give them the full lane.
  • Keep a watchful eye at all times; a motorcyclist may be closer than you think.
  • Avoid distractions or anything that diverts your attention from driving.
  • Always yield the right-of-way to motorcyclists.

What are my legal rights after a motorcycle accident in Florida?

If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident in Palm Beach County or anywhere in Florida, you have the right to seek compensation for your losses. However, the process of recovering compensation can be complicated, especially since insurance companies often have a bias against motorcyclists. As such, having an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer on your side can make a meaningful difference in the outcome of your case.

At The Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo, P.A. in Palm Beach Gardens, we are committed to protecting the rights of injured motorcyclists in Palm Beach County and throughout Florida. Mr. Shomo and his dedicated legal team handle everything from negotiating with insurance companies to litigating complex claims. Our goal is to ensure your recovery and maximum compensation, and our case results speak for themselves:

  • $1,200,000 in a wrongful death case involving a motorcycle and a pickup truck.
  • $1,025,000 for surgical injuries from a motor vehicle/motorcycle accident.
  • $300,000 for surgical injuries from a motorcycle accident.

Don’t let the aftermath of a motorcycle accident overwhelm you. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation. We can review your case, explain your rights, and outline the best path forward.

“Casey and his team worked very hard to get me what I deserved in my suit. I even called them with questions about other things besides the case and was always answered or pointed to someone who would have an answer. Will be using them in the future. Thank you.” – Tina P.

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