Port Charlotte Injury Attorneys Concerned About Fatal Motorcycle Accidents in Lee County

by Carmen Dellutri on September 3, 2013

Fort Myers motorcycle accident lawyerA recent motorcycle accident on I-75 marks the seventh fatality in Lee County this year. Overall, there have been 190 motorcycle crashes from January 1st to July 31st in the county this year.

By comparison, there were a total of 287 motorcycle accidents in Lee County in 2012. More than 50 percent involved another vehicle.

For drivers and motorcyclists, the answer to stopping this dangerous trend is actually quite simple — drive responsibly and share the road. Below are a few tips:

For motorcyclists

  • Wear a DOT-compliant helmet;
  • Use turn signals for every turn or lane change, even if you think no one will see it;
  • Signal intentions by combining hand signals and turn signals to draw more attention to themselves;
  • Wear brightly colored protective gear, and use reflective tape and stickers to increase conspicuity;
  • Position yourself in the lane where you will be most visible to other drivers’; and
  • Never ride impaired.

For drivers

  • Remember, a motorcycle is a vehicle with all of the rights and privileges of any other motor vehicle.
  • Always allow a motorcyclist the full lane width—never try to share a lane;
  • Perform a regular visual check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or exiting a lane of traffic, and at intersections;
  • Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic;
  • Don’t be fooled by a flashing turn signal on a mo­torcycle – motorcycle signals are often not self-canceling and riders sometimes forget to turn them off. Wait to be sure the motorcycle is going to turn before you proceed;
  • Allow more following distance - three or four sec­onds - when behind a motorcycle to give the motorcyclist time to maneuver around obstacles in the roadway, or stop in an emer­gency;
  • Never drive distracted.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Port Charlotte accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Port Charlotte injury attorneys for a free consultation.

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