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New Port Richey Motorcycle Accident Attorney

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration 2012 Traffic Safety Facts states that 4,957 motorcyclists were killed [1] in motor vehicle traffic accidents, an increase of 7 percent from the 4,630 motorcyclists killed in 2011. Further, in 2012, there were 2,317 two-vehicle fatal crashes involving a motorcycle and another type of vehicle.  41 percent (953) of these fatal accidents involved other vehicles turning left while motorcycles were going straight.

Motorcyclists Must Take Extra Precautions in New Port Richey

These statistics demonstrate that it is necessary for motorcyclists in New Port Richey, Florida, to take special precautions, and to practice defensive driving, while out on the road. Motorcycle precautions include:

  • Be Alert. A recent study by the University of South Florida’s [2] Center for Urban Transportation Research found that in collisions involving a motorcycle and a car, car drivers were at fault 60 percent of the time.  Motorcyclists need to be extra alert, especially in this age of epidemic phone use and texting behind the wheel.
  • Avoid Inclement Weather: According to Consumer Reports [3], slippery conditions reduce a motorcyclist’s margin for error. Rain not only reduces visibility but reduces the tires’ grip on the road, which can make cornering tricky. If an individual must ride in the rain, the most dangerous time is right after precipitation begins, as the water can cause oil residue to rise to the top, making it necessary for a motorcyclist to be especially gentle with the brakes, throttle, and steering to avoid sliding.
  • Watch for Road Hazards. Sand, wet leaves, or pebbles can cause a bike to slide unexpectedly, resulting in a spill. Bumps and potholes that may be barely noticeable in a car can pose a serious danger when on a motorcycle. If a hazard cannot be avoided, it is necessary for a motorcyclist to slow down as much as possible, with minimal steering input.
  • Ride as if Invisible: Motorcyclists should ride as if they are invisible. If a motorcycle driver assumes that no one sees them, they are less likely to be surprised when someone actually pulls in front of them.

Contact a New Port Richey Motorcycle Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one have been involved in a motorcycle accident, it is important to speak to a New Port Richey motorcycle accident attorney.  At the Dolman Law Group in New Port Richey, Florida, our team of highly skilled motorcycle accident attorneys have helped many victims obtain the recovery they deserve for their injuries and related losses. Please call our New Port Richey office at 727-853-6275 today.

References

[1] http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/812035.pdf
[2] http://www.cutr.usf.edu/category/research/
[3] http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/2013/04/10-motorcycle-safety-tips-for-new-riders/index.htm