If driving a motorcycle is already part of your lifestyle in the sunshine state, or if it’s something you are seriously considering, there are some factors you should consider. Laws for motorcycles can be different than those for passenger vehicles. Be an informed rider and know the differences. Proper insurance coverage is a must for any responsible rider. Know your limits and coverage so you are protected in case of an accident.
As a motorcycle owner and enthusiast, accident attorney John Castro knows first hand that the peace, efficiency and adventure of riding a motorcycle wildly outweighs the “what ifs” of having an accident. The last thing you want to think about when you hit the road is what you’d do if you were in an accident. Defensive driving should be your first line of defense, but it’s also important to know the legal implications of a motorcycle accident in case you should ever be in that situation.
A motorcycle accident is different than a car accident for a couple of reasons. First, you aren’t protected by steel enclosure nor surrounded by airbags and other safety features when riding. For this reason, injury and death statistics for motorcycle accidents are significantly higher, and the injuries often more severe.
In the case of an accident, you also have to contend with stereotypes that can sometimes be imposed on motorcyclists. Motorcycle drivers are often stereotyped as being faster or more careless drivers by insurance companies, as well as jury members who typically do not drive motorcycles themselves. As a fellow motorcycle enthusiast and rider, John Castro knows that the opposite is normally true, as it requires more care and defensive driving skills as a motorcyclist. This is why, if you do find yourself in a motorcycle accident, it is best to enlist the help of an attorney who not only is experienced in auto accident cases, but who has first hand experience and understanding of what it takes to operate a motorcycle.
Because motorcycle accidents statistically result in much more sever injuries, it is critically important to drive defensively and use proper protection.
Three key ways to prevent motorcycle accidents and injuries:
- Wear protective gear – eye protection, helmets, proper boots/shoes, protective and reflective clothing.
- Be alert and defensive as a driver, knowing motorist carelessness and poor road conditions are common causes of motorcycle accidents.
- Know the traffic laws well and abide by them, avoiding risky maneuvers or any situation which could compromise your visibility for other motorists.
Keeping your two wheels on the road is our goal. For more information or to schedule a consultation with experienced motorcycle accident attorney (and motorcycle enthusiast) John Castro, please give us a call at 813-907-9807. Every accident is different, and so is our approach to each case. John Castro of Anton Castro Law is here to represent your best interests as a motorcyclist.