Since 1992, motorcycle riders from all over the world have gathered in Daytona Beach, Florida to enjoy the beautiful autumn weather and the gorgeous scenery that the Atlantic beaches provide. The first gathering was called the Daytona Fall Tour, but the mass meeting of motorcycle riders is now called Biketoberfest.
Biketoberfest is a celebration of Florida's bike culture that involves trade shows, concerts and other special events. It also involves three days of rides and rallies along a 120-mile route through Volusia County. While this should be a great time for everyone, an Orlando personal injury lawyer knows that a huge number of motorcycles trying to share the streets with other motorists does create some safety risks.
Drivers are urged to be aware that there will be many motorcycles in town during Biketoberfest and motorists should be respectful of the bikers and share the road safely to reduce the risk that motorcycle collisions will occur.
Biketoberfest Safety Tips
Biketoberfest will occur between October 16 and 19 this year, and drivers should be extra cautious during this time and in the days before and after the special event. The event drew around 150,000 people in 2013 and is expected to draw similar crowds this year.
Daytona Beach News reports that the Police Department chief played an integral role in ensuring the safety of the event last year and this will also likely be true in 2014. There were more officers on the streets during the event to ensure that peace was kept and that motorists all obeyed the rules of the road. Drivers were also encouraged to "be more patient and more aware when behind the wheel," during the four day event. The county council chairman of Volusia County is an avid biker himself and he warned motorists to "look left, look right, look twice, save a life."
This is important advice, with the Motorcycle Safety Foundation reporting that more than half of all fatal motorcycle collisions involve another vehicle such as a car or a truck. The Safety Foundation provides more tips for drivers to avoid collisions with motorcycle riders including:
- Allowing more following distance in between the car and the motorcycle. Motorcycles frequently slow down by downshifting or rolling off the throttle so drivers can't count on a brake light to let them know when a motorcycle rider will be stopping.
- Leave motorcycle riders their own lane. Motorcyclists may need to move within the lane to avoid road debris or see more easily, and drivers should not try to crowd in or share the lane.
- Don't count on a turn signal. Motorcycle turn signals do not turn off automatically and sometimes riders forget to turn them off. Make sure you see what a rider is doing before you act.
If drivers follow these rules and look out for motorcyclists during Biketoberfest, hopefully the event can be safe and fun for everyone.
Central Florida accident victims can contact Orlando, FL personal injury attorney Richard B. Troutman by calling 866-434-5770 or visit http://www.richardtroutman.com.