Motorcyclists have a passion for riding, but they unfortunately face a host of dangers when heading out on the open road. Men and women who ride motorcycles must share the road with car, van, and truck drivers who don’t always see them or have the courtesy to safely share the road with them. On the other hand, motorcyclists need to remain responsible enough to always wear protective gear and ride in sync with other vehicles. The need for respect between motorists and motorcyclists was recently emphasized after the tragic death of a motorcyclist in Tacoma, Washington. (more…)
With its warm and sunny weather, Florida is the perfect spot for motorcycle enthusiasts to hop on their bikes and enjoy a ride. However, the statistics regarding motorcycle accidents in Florida are alarming. Motorcycle riders account for 7 percent of the state’s motor population, but they are involved in 19 percent of fatal accidents. Unfortunately, this data has led Florida to be named the most deadly state for motorcyclists in America.
Why are motorcycle riders so at risk in Florida, and what can be done to stop the danger? The responsibility lies on the shoulders of bikers and car drivers alike. For their part, motorcycle riders need to wear helmets and protective clothing and drive in a way that does not place them in danger of being hit by a car. The aspects of motorcycles that make them so exhilarating, like being open to the air and lightning fast, also make motorcycle accidents so violent. A bit of caution will go a long way in saving a life. (more…)
US Motorcycle Helmet Laws in Florida and Beyond
Summer 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.
The State of Florida (more…)
Motorcycle Insurance: The Importance of Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage
Transportation 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.
The Vital Importance of UM Coverage (more…)
Conduct a Motorcycle Safety Check After Every Ride
When 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.
The Pre-Ride Inspection Should Actually Occur After the Previous Ride (more…)
Best Practices for Riding Your Motorcycle in the Rain
Rain 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, though—with 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. (more…)
Motorcycle Safety: How to Ride with a Passenger
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. (more…)
Can Customizing Your Motorcycle Be Dangerous?
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. (more…)
What to Do If You Are Hurt in a Motorcycle Accident
Suffering 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. (more…)
Rules of the Road: Florida’s Motorcycle Safety Laws
When 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. (more…)