As the winter weather turns into warmer spring weather, more and more motorcyclists are taking to the roads in Florida. It follows that motorcyclists need a refresher on how to remain safe while riding throughout spring and summer in Florida. A recent motorcycle accident in Spring Hill highlights the danger that stems from driving a bike at high speeds without proper protective gear.
A 34-year-old man was killed in a Florida motorcycle accident on March 28. The man lost control of his motorcycle when he was attempting to navigate a curve in the road near Pinehurst Drive and Talbot Circle.
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As the motorcyclist rounded the curve, he struck a tree, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The impact caused him to fly into the roadway where was struck by a passing pick-up truck. The man was declared dead on the scene. He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the motorcycle collision.
Fatal motorcycle accidents are extremely common in Florida. Ride Smart Florida, an organization that promotes motorcycling safety, reports that in 2009 there were 8,313 motorcycle crashes. While this number is a decline from previous years, 376 people still lost their lives in Florida motorcycle accidents in 2009.
It's important that anyone who wishes to ride a motorcycle use the most critical safety gear available - a protective helmet. Much like the seat belt in a car, the helmet has saved countless lives. Other motorcycling safety tips include:
- Participate in rider training and receive proper licensing as required by law
- Wear protective gear such as helmets and apparel
- Exercise caution to avoid violating speed limits and other safety laws
Equally as important as motorcycle safety tips is not driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. A motorcycle allows for a much smaller margin of error and riders should always remain alert to avoid a catastrophic motorcycle accident.
Source: St. Petersburg Times "FHP Identifies Motorcyclist Killed in Spring Hill Accident," 3/28/2011