Each and every year, motorcyclists of all strips look forward to the annual Bike Week event held in Daytona Beach. Attracting thousands of visitors from around the country, Bike Week is a chance for bikers to gather together in camaraderie, show off their choppers and crotch-rockets, and enjoy one another’s company. This year is no different. What is unusual for this year is the number of bike accidents that have occurred since the event’s kick off last Friday. Over the past few days, numerous accidents have been reported in and around Daytona Beach involving motorcycles. Several of these accidents were, sadly, fatal.
The Florida Highway Patrol as well as the Daytona Beach Police Department have been working overtime to try and raise awareness in and around motorcyclists, and the Orlando Harley Davidson location is offering a course designed to refresh seasonal riders in on how to properly and safely operate their vehicle. According to Rafael Vega, the official Riding Academy Manager for the Orlando Harley Davidson location, one of the main reasons behind these fatal accidents is the mixture of novice and experienced riders. He goes on to suggest that a key similarity between these accidents lies in an unhealthy competitive atmosphere that starts to develop among the riders. This leads to bikers forgetting to stay the appropriate distance behind and between one another, and the increased congestion on the roads makes any minor mistake potentially disastrous.
Another contributing factor to the brutality of the accidents seen during this year’s Bike Week is the lack of helmets. Rafael Vega says that helmets are one of the main reasons behind an individual surviving a motorcycle crash. If you wear a helmet, your odds of coming out of a collision alive begin to skyrocket; without the helmet, these odds plummet. It is as simple as that.
Riding a motorcycle is tremendous fun, and having the chance to do it among numerous others who hold a similar passion for the activity as you is an uncomparable pleasure. This pleasure, however, can easily become a nightmare if proper safety measures are not followed.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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