Motorcycle Safety Awareness
The month of May brought increased traffic and visitors throughout St. Lucie County, many of which arrive on two wheels rather than four. It is a good time to emphasize the steps you can take to prevent motorcycle accidents and injuries from occurring. At the Law Firm of William E. Raikes III, protecting you is always our number one priority. Follow these tips, which are designed to help you stay safe on the roads over the summer months.
When Riding a Motorcycle, Make Safety a Priority
There is no shortage of motorcycle enthusiasts throughout the Fort Pierce area, and you can find a full schedule of weekly and monthly bike events along the Treasure Coast on the local website, Support St. Lucie County. While these provide an opportunity to have fun and fellowship with others who share your interest in motorcycle riding, it is important to make safety a priority.
The National Safety Council (NSC) offers these tips, which can reduce your risks of motorcycle accidents and injuries:
- Hone Your Skills: Whether you are new to motorcycle riding or more experienced behind the wheel, honing your skills is always a smart idea. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) offers numerous courses in our area which can make you a safer driver. As an added bonus, taking a course may even help to reduce your insurance costs.
- Get the Right Gear: While motorcyclists over the age of 21 are not legally required to use a helmet, wearing one anyway is a good idea. The NSC states that it can decrease your risk of serious injuries in a motorcycle accident by as much as 40 percent. Additional gear that can protect you while riding includes long sleeve and pants, leather gloves for better gripping the wheel, and motorcycle boots or other sturdy shoes in the event you need to slow your bike manually.
- Drive Smart: Avoid engaging in reckless and dangerous driving behaviors when riding. Obey the speed limit, keep your patience in traffic, obey traffic signs and signals, keep your attention focused on the road, and avoid using alcohol or any substance which could impair your driving abilities.
- Drive Defensively: Unfortunately, other motorists are not always considerate of bikers, and their reckless actions can make motorcycle accidents more likely to occur. In these situations, it is bikers who generally suffer the most severe injuries. Always keep an eye on traffic conditions surrounding you, and give other drivers plenty of space.
Contact Us Today for Professional Help
Despite your precautions, motorcycle accidents and injuries can still occur. In these situations, the Law Firm of William E. Raikes III is here to guide you in getting the compensation you need to recover. Call or contact our office online and request a consultation with our Fort Pierce motorcycle accident attorney today.