Life-Saving Motorcycle Advice
The Tampa Bay area recently received a sad reminder of why it is so important to look out for pedestrians and bicyclist while driving in traffic. The sad reality behind many bicycle-related incidents is that often times, the injuries are too severe to overcome. It has been recently reported that a 21-year old bicyclist was fatally injured in Tampa, on August 22nd, as stated in The Tampa Bay Times.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, on that Monday night, the twenty-one year old motorcyclist was riding his bicycle on the raised median at West Lambright Street when he entered the inside travel lane. He was struck by a Hyundai Santa Fe and ejected from his motorcycle. He was then struck a second time by a Toyota Corolla. Unfortunately, the motorcyclist died at the scene.
As drivers on the roadway we should always take precautions to look twice ensuring no bicycles are coming before making turns or changing lanes. Bicyclists can take their own steps toward safety, too.
Here’s a few Bicycle Safety Tips from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
- Be serious when riding — don’t mess around in traffic!
- Ride one person per seat, with both hands on the handlebars, and carry all items in a back pack
- Stay focused (use your eyes and ears)
- Assume the other person doesn’t see you
- look ahead for dangers
- Don’t text or listen to music
- Plan you route, and choose a route with less traffic
The attorneys at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes represent those involved in car accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, and other types of personal injury matters. Our firm is one of the oldest personal injury law firms in Tampa Bay. There are no attorneys’ fees or costs unless we prevail for you. Call our office 24 hours a day at 727-796-8282 or simply click here to schedule a free case consultation.