US Motorcycle Helmet Laws in Florida and Beyond

US Motorcycle Helmet Laws in Florida and Beyond

10747296 - couple riding a motorcycleSummer weather is back in all its glory, and you’re no doubt feeling the temptation to hop on your motorcycle and cruise around in the beautiful weather. Whether you’re staying in Florida or flying across state boundaries, make sure you’re aware of the helmet laws in your local area. No need to let a traffic citation or dangerous accident ruin your drive.

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Motorcycle Insurance: The Importance of Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage

Motorcycle Insurance: The Importance of Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage

45385144 - motorcycle insurance design, vector illustration eps10 graphicTransportation has come a long way since the days of the horse and wagon, and while that progress has come with many perks, it has also increased the risks to those on the roadways. Regardless of how careful you are on your motorcycle, it only takes one negligent driver to cause a crash that could leave you with devastating injuries. So what happens if that driver is uninsured or underinsured? You are left with all of the injuries and no way to obtain financial compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering, unless your own insurance will cover it.

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Conduct a Motorcycle Safety Check after Every Ride

Conduct a Motorcycle Safety Check After Every Ride

37846976 - asian man doing motorcycle maintenance in his gardenWhen you’re waiting at the airport to load a jetliner and head across the country, you expect the plane to receive comprehensive safety checks before it takes hundreds of passengers soaring through the air. There’s no reason that your motorcycle shouldn’t be subjected to similar tests and checks before each ride. While it’s true that motorcycles are now masterfully designed to remain reliable and safe, it’s dangerous to always assume that your bike is safe enough to be on the road.

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Best Practices for Riding Your Motorcycle in the Rain

Best Practices for Riding Your Motorcycle in the Rain

22691739 - two man wearing raincoat riding motorcycleRain might be comforting when you’re inside curled under a blanket, but when it starts to pour in the middle of your Sunday motorcycle ride, things can get messy. Don’t worry, thoughwith the right precautions, you can ride safely in the rain. You just might get a little wet in the process.

Maintain Your Visibility

As any biker knows, visibility is the first thing to become compromised when the rain begins. It’s hard enough to see through the rain in a car with windshield wipers, making it even more of a struggle on a motorcycle. If you aren’t already using a windscreen and visor that are treated to wick away water, you should buy one of the number of aftermarket products available to maximize visibility in the rain. Once you’ve treated everything to repel fog and rain, you’ll be able to see as clearly as possible through the stormy weather. Continue reading

Motorcycle Safety: How to Ride with a Passenger

Motorcycle Safety: How to Ride with a Passenger

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As a motorcycle rider, you enjoy long rides by yourself to lose your stress in the strong winds and relax as you zoom by miles and miles of beautiful scenery. This “biker’s zen” is very appealing, but so is sharing that ride with someone you care about. Riding a motorcycle with a passenger can be a neat way to share the experience of biking with a friend, family member, or spouse, but careful safety considerations need to be made in order to avoid an accident. Continue reading

Can Customizing Your Motorcycle Be Dangerous?

Can Customizing Your Motorcycle Be Dangerous?

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If you ride a motorcycle, then you probably take great pride in your bike’s appearance. When you talk to your friends about going home to “take care of your baby,” they know you’re talking about your motorcycle, right? So the big question is, can customizing your below motorcycle actually cause more danger for you as you ride?

About Motorcycle Customization

When you customize your motorcycle, you are changing its stylistic and/or structural traits so that it no longer looks like a standard mass-produced bike. You may want to customize your bike in order to reflect your personality and help your motorcycle make more of a statement. A new seat or set of wheels, strip lights, heated grips, and a unique exhaust pipe are all examples of motorcycle customizations. Continue reading

What to Do if You are Hurt in a Motorcycle Accident

What to Do If You Are Hurt in a Motorcycle Accident

motorcycleSuffering through an accident is one of the unfortunate hazards of being a driver or passenger in any vehicle on the road. If you are a motorcyclist, it is important for you to understand how to handle any crash that may occur so one wrong step doesn’t prevent you from receiving coverage or compensation after a traffic accident.

Immediately After the Crash

If you are conscious and physically able after your crash, get off the roadway, assess your physical condition, and exchange contact and insurance information with the other drivers involved. Try your best to take mental notes of your surroundings and the specifics of the crash, or call someone and describe everything to them so they can jot it all down. If possible, talk to witnesses and gather their contact information. Continue reading

Rules of the Road: Florida’s Motorcycle Safety Laws

Rules of the Road: Florida’s Motorcycle Safety Laws

motorcycle 1When you buy a motorcycle, you gain entrance into a one-of-a-kind owner’s club with other motorcycle enthusiasts. Not only are motorcycles inexpensive to operate and friendlier to the environment than that SUV in the next lane, but they inspire a “brotherhood” or “sisterhood” with other motorcyclists that also crave the freedom and zen that riding a motorcycle brings.

However, as with all vehicles on the road, motorcycles must meet specific safety laws in order to pass the critical eye of a police officer. These safety laws are put in place to protect you as the motorcycle driver as well as the other drivers on the road. They vary by state, but here is a rundown of what you can expect as a Florida motorcycle rider. Continue reading

The Most Common Occupational Illnesses Deserving Compensation

The Most Common Occupational Illnesses That Deserve Compensation

hearing testIt’s commonly known that injuries that occur in the workplace can be covered with workers’ compensation benefits, but many people forget that illnesses and diseases that arise as a direct result of the working environment also receive the same coverage. Depending on the type of work being done, employees may be at risk of different forms of illness and disease, and the following are the most common.

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The Surprising Reason Uber is in the News

The Surprising Reason that Uber Is In the News

carIt was only 15 years ago that the word “uber” was only used among young adolescents trying to convey a superlative idea. “That’s uber cool!” But the rapid rise of the company Uber has transformed the meaning of the word to now indicate a major transportation company that allows normal people to essentially serve as taxi drivers in their local area, using their own car, on their own schedule. Most people agree that the company’s concept is brilliant, but that hasn’t been enough to keep Uber out of the news for legal disputes recently. Continue reading