Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys®: As we’ve already mentioned, Daytona Bike Week 2012 is just around the corner, and this year’s bike rally is March 9 through March 18. Those of you who are heading to Daytona for Bike Week are in for an experience you won’t soon forget; however, with all of the traffic, people, and parties comes an increased risk of serious motorcycle accidents and injuries. Each year, a number of accidents occur each year during Daytona Bike week. Don’t let your fun be derailed by a serious motorcycle accident or injury. Do your part to prevent motorcycle accidents by following Florida motorcycle safety laws so you don’t become a motorcycle rally statistic.
Here are a few safety tips to keep in mind if you plan to attend Daytona Bike Week:
- Wear a helmet – Florida state law does not require helmets for riders over the age of 21 who have a minimum $10,000 medical insurance policy. Whether or not a Florida state law requires helmet use, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and other safety experts agree that wearing a motorcycle helmet while riding reduces your chances of sustaining a serious head or spinal cord injury in the event of a motorcycle accident.
- Obey Florida traffic laws – Avoid racing, speeding, and other law violations. In addition, be respectful of local law enforcement – they are just doing their job. For a detailed listing of Florida’s motorcycle safety laws, check out the AMA website.
- Stay sober when riding – Not only is it dangerous to ride while under the influence, it’s against Florida State law. There will be an abundance of drinks available during Bike Week, so it’s up to you to avoid the temptation to ride your bike if you’ve been drinking.
- Be alert and aware of your surroundings – The crowds, music, and scenery during Bike Week can be distracting to any biker. Stay focused when riding your motorcycle and make sure you’re visible to other drivers and your fellow bikers.
Whether you plan to spend the week at Daytona International Speedway watching the bike races or you’re going to Daytona to hang out on Beach Street or Main Street, make sure you have both fun and safety in mind.
As always, if you are injured in a Florida motorcycle accident, or a motorcycle crash anywhere in the United States, you need a motorcycle accident attorney in your corner. At Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys®, our Florida motorcycle accident lawyers fight aggressively for motorcyclists and their rights and ensure that all of our clients receive the compensation they need to fully recover. Call us today at 1-800-4-BIKERS for a free consultation.