If you drive on Interstate 4 near Longwood or on I-95 near the coast in early March you might notice more motorcycles than usual. That's because riders from throughout the country are descending on Daytona Beach for the 75th annual Bike Week, which runs March 4-13, 2016.
While Florida drivers must safely share the road with motorcycle riders year round, the rally in March marks a time when drivers must look out for the smaller two-wheeled vehicles. Unfortunately, each year bikers get seriously injured or killed in accidents during Bike Week by drivers who say they never saw the motorcycle. Experienced motorcycle accident attorneys know these drivers simply didn't check their blind spot when changing lanes or may have been distracted by a smart phone or something else while behind the wheel.
With 20 years' experience, Attorney Scott M. Miller has handled many serious accidents involving catastrophic injuries and fatalities. Because of the lack of crash protection, motorcycle riders often sustain permanent injuries when they are struck by cars or trucks. Scott Miller aggressively fights to protect the rights of motorcycle riders and families who lost loved ones. If you were injured or a loved one was hurt or died in a crash, it's important to talk to Scott Miller today to know your rights. He will help you get your medical bills paid and recover compensation for loss of income, pain and suffering and other damages.
Any motorcyclist who has been to Daytona Beach during the bike event knows how exciting the rally is. The week features music, races, and other special events. It's no wonder thousands of riders flock to the area. But the riders share the roads with locals as well as tourists from out of state who might be headed to the beach and unfamiliar with the area. These drivers might be tempted to check their smart phones for directions. That moment of inattention could prove tragic. A rider enjoying Bike Week could get rear-ended by a distracted driver.
Tips to Reduce the Risk of Motorcycle Accidents
To prevent such accidents from happening, the Law Offices of Scott M. Miller, PLLC urges all drivers to keep the following in mind:
- Avoid distractions. Don't use your phone while driving. If you need to open an app or text a friend, pull over to a safe location.
- Be careful when making left turns. Motorcycles often get struck by cars turning in intersections. Sometimes the driver misjudges the distance between the car and the oncoming bike.
- Always use your turn signal before changing lanes. You might not see a motorcycle in your blind spot when changing lanes. By using your signal, you can reduce the risk of striking the rider.
- Remember your blind spots. If you're changing lanes, check your mirrors and give a quick look over your shoulder to find out if a small motorcycle is in your blind spot.
- Keep a safe distance between your car and the motorcycle ahead. Often, motorcyclists downshift to reduce speed rather than use their brakes. By downshifting, they are not activating a brake light. If you're following too closely, you risk running into the back of the motorcycle.
We hope for a safe Bike Week in March. But with an increase in the number of bikers on the road, the chance of an accident is higher than during many other times of the year. If you or a loved one is involved in a motorcycle crash, you can turn to the Law Offices of Scott Miller for help. We can help you through a difficult time by dealing with the legal process and the insurance hurdles. Call (407) 869-9996 for a free consultation today.