Motorcycling is a fun and enjoyable hobby for many Florida residents, but it can also be dangerous. A motorcycle accident can cause serious injuries or even death.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2021 statistics showed that motorcyclists were approximately 24 times more likely to die in a motor vehicle accident and four times more likely to be injured.
While a motorcycle accident can occur at any time and happen to anyone, there are some places where motorcycle accidents commonly occur. One of these is at intersections.
Why intersections are so dangerous
Intersections require everyone to slow down, pay attention to determine who has the right-of-way. Additionally, drivers often have trouble spotting motorcyclists on the road and this increases the chance of a collision at an intersection.
Motorcyclists are injured in various ways at intersections. A car that is stopped and waiting to turn left may fail to see the motorcyclist and turn into the motorcyclist’s path.
Rear-end accidents also often happen at intersections. A motorcyclist who is stopped at a red light or a stop sign is very vulnerable. If they are hit from behind by another vehicle, their lack of protection from a bumper can cause them to fly off their bike.
Staying safe as a motorcyclist
There are many steps you can take as a motorcyclist to protect yourself. Be prepared and receive proper training before you begin riding your motorcycle.
When you do, ride defensively and always obey traffic laws. Stay alert, remembering that you may not be visible to other vehicles. Avoid dangerous behavior, such as distracted, drowsy or drunk driving. Wear the proper gear to protect yourself.
Handling the aftermath of a crash
Know what to do after a motorcycle accident. Focus on treating your injuries and those of anyone else at the scene first. Obtain everyone’s contact information and make a police report.
Do not discuss the accident with the police or anyone else involved. Proving the other driver was negligent can provide you with compensation for your medical bills and other costs while you heal from your injuries.