It's like a Disneyland for motorcyclists from around the world: Hundreds of thousands of bikers descend on Daytona Beach to spend a whole week enjoying the beautiful beaches and roads of Central Florida. It's the centerpiece of Florida's vibrant motorcycle culture and a two-wheeled adventure unlike any other.
Unfortunately, with so many bikers in one place at a time, there's always the risk that someone will be hurt. Too many motorists in the area believe that the motorcyclists who attend Bike Week are irresponsible thrill-seekers and troublemakers. We know that most attendees are safe, responsible and law-abiding operators - and we seek justice for those who are injured in accidents.
Here are a few ways to make sure you stay safe on the road during Bike Week:
- Watch out for pedestrians. In Bike Week venues, there are bound to be huge crowds, and not everyone will be on a bike at any given time. Watch out for pedestrian traffic so that you don't have to swerve or stop suddenly, both of which could cause a serious accident.
- Maintain safe following distance. With so many visitors from out of town, it's especially important to give yourself plenty of stopping room. Someone who doesn't know the area well might abruptly slow down or stop, leaving you little time to avoid a collision.
- Slow down in bad weather. Obviously, bikers come here in part to enjoy Florida's warm and sunny climate, but we're still expecting some showers over the course of Bike Week. If you're caught in the rain, slow down and stay alert to avoid hazards like slippery roads, and other vehicles on them.
- Don't drink and ride. You're here to have a good time, but remember that drugs, alcohol and motorcycles don't mix. Make sure you're alert, sober and ready to ride safely before you get on your bike.
- Use protective gear. If you are involved in a crash, you need to make sure you're protected. Wear a helmet, goggles and protective clothing such as leather or denim to guard against road rash. Your gear could make the difference between a minor injury and a catastrophic one.
Taking these steps to ride safely will reduce the risk of being hurt in an accident. But you can only control yourself, not the other bikes and cars on the road. If you're injured in an accident at Bike Week, you need an experienced attorney on your side to help you recover.