Motorcycle riders from near and far will descend on Daytona Beach March 4-13 for the 75th Annual Daytona Bike Week. The rally draws hundreds of thousands of bikers who roll in to the region to enjoy the warm weather and views of the Atlantic. Local merchants see booming business during the week. For some information about the rally, please see a Bike Week graphic presented by the Law Offices of Richard B. Troutman, P.A.
Unfortunately, each year some bikers get injured or killed. Accidents up and down the central Florida coast happen as bikers share the road with tourists driving their cars on unfamiliar roads during Bike Week.
Attorney Richard B. Troutman, a lawyer in Central Florida who enjoys riding motorcycle, knows many of these collisions happen through no fault of the motorcyclist. A rider might get cut off by a distracted driver on Interstate 4 between Orlando and Daytona Beach. A motorcycle could get clipped by a drunk driver on Interstate 95. Whatever the reason for the accident, it's important for riders to know their rights if they are injured. Richard Troutman is well-versed in the state laws and has years of experience fighting for motorcycle riders and families who lost loved ones in accidents. Contact the Law Offices of Richard B. Troutman, P.A., immediately if you or a loved one is injured during Bike Week.
Tips for Drivers to Avoid Accidents With Motorcycles
Our firm knows accidents can be prevented. Most bikers going to the rally in March understand the risks and know to ride defensively. Drivers of cars, on the other hand, often get nervous around motorcycles and don't really know how to safely share the road with the smaller two-wheeled vehicles.
If you're driving around Volusia County during Bike Week, you'll need to keep a few things in mind to avoid accidents:
Keep a safe distance between your car and the motorcycle: You may have heard of the two-second rule, but you should observe a four-second rule when driving behind a motorcycle. Choose a roadside stationary object such as a sign and when the motorcycle passes it you should be able to count to at least four before your car passes it.
Be careful when turning left: Many collisions happen between cars and motorcycles because the car turns into the path of the motorcycle. If you see an oncoming motorcycle, let it pass your vehicle before you turn. Also, keep in mind that motorcycle turn signals generally are not self-canceling. Sometimes, a biker forgets to turn off the signal after a lane change. A driver might incorrectly assume the bike is turning when in fact it's continuing straight.
Check your blind spots frequently: Remember that motorcycles are smaller and may disappear in your blind spot. When changing lanes, check your mirrors a few times and quickly look over your shoulder.
Stay alert and avoid distractions: You may be from out of state and in the area for Bike Week or heading to the beach from Orlando ... Whatever the reason, you need to stay alert. If you need to check for directions or make a phone call, pull over to a safe location. Don't let yourself get distracted while driving, especially during Bike Week. One moment of inattention behind the wheel can turn into a tragedy.