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Look Twice, Save a Life: Florida Drivers Urged to Watch Out for Motorcyclists

POV, riding a motorcycle on a highway as you approach an underpass and a pickup truck to the left.

Each year, Florida sees an alarming number of serious and fatal motorcycle accidents. That's because motorcycles can easily go unnoticed in a vehicle's blind spots. Drivers also fail to watch out for motorcyclists and treat them as equal road users.

According to the Florida Department of Transportation, Florida ranks among the top three states with the most motorcyclist fatalities. In response, Ride Smart Florida is raising awareness about motorcycle safety. With its "Look Twice, Safe a Life" campaign, the organization urges Florida drivers to watch out for motorcyclists. The campaign coincides with National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, which takes place every May.

What causes motorcycle accidents?

Most motorcycle accidents in Florida occur when vehicle drivers fail to watch out for motorcyclists. The most common causes include:

Distracted driving

Using cell phones, eating, or engaging in other distractions while driving can lead to reduced attention on the road. Distracted drivers are less likely to notice motorcyclists, increasing the risk of collisions.

Failure to yield the right of way

At intersections, drivers may fail to yield the right of way to motorcyclists. This can happen because they misjudge the motorcycle's speed or do not see it at all, leading to dangerous accidents.

Sudden stops in traffic

Sudden stops by vehicles can catch motorcyclists off guard, leading to rear-end collisions. Motorcycles have less protection compared to cars, making these types of accidents particularly hazardous for riders.

Opening car doors suddenly (Dooring)

When drivers or passengers open car doors without checking for oncoming traffic, they can inadvertently hit a passing motorcyclist. This type of accident, known as "dooring," is especially common in urban areas with parked cars.

Left turns at intersections

Drivers making left turns at intersections often fail to see oncoming motorcyclists or misjudge their speed. This can result in serious collisions, as motorcycles have less time to react to sudden turns.

Lane changes without checking blind spots

Motorcycles can easily be overlooked in a driver's blind spot. Failing to check these spots before changing lanes can lead to sideswipe accidents, which can be devastating for motorcyclists.


Speeding reduces the reaction time for both drivers and motorcyclists. High speeds increase the severity of accidents, making it harder for drivers to stop or avoid hitting a motorcyclist.

Driving under the influence

Impaired driving due to alcohol or drugs significantly increases the risk of accidents. Drivers under the influence have reduced reaction times and impaired judgment, making it more likely for them to overlook or collide with motorcyclists.

Unsafe driving for weather conditions

Adverse weather conditions like rain, fog, or high winds can make it more difficult for drivers to see motorcycles and for motorcyclists to maintain control of their bikes. Drivers should exercise extra caution during such conditions.

How Florida drivers can best watch out for motorcyclists

Drivers must stay vigilant and attentive while driving to avoid collisions with motorcyclists. This includes:

  • Check blind spots and mirrors for motorcycles before changing lanes or merging.
  • Use turn signals well in advance to give motorcyclists adequate notice of your intentions.
  • Maintain a safe distance when following motorcycles to provide enough reaction time if a motorcyclist stops suddenly.
  • Double-check for motorcycles when making turns at intersections, especially when turning left.
  • Avoid the use of mobile devices or other distractions while driving.
  • Understand that motorcycles might accelerate or decelerate differently and give them space to maneuver.
  • Turn on your headlights in low visibility conditions to help see and be seen by motorcyclists.

Attorneys committed to justice for injured motorcyclists in Central FL

The Central Florida motorcycle accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Brent C. Miller, P.A. are ready to fight for the justice and financial compensation injured bikers deserve. As motorcyclists ourselves, we know firsthand the dangers riders face. That's why we're here to protect your rights and help you hold the at-fault party accountable for their negligence.

With over 30 years of experience, we've successfully helped victims across Central Florida secure compensation for injuries resulting from negligent drivers. For example, in one case involving a motorcycle vs. tractor-trailer, we recovered $1 million for our client.

We're not just your attorneys; we're advocates against the bias many face on the road. Our team is prepared to challenge misconceptions in court and fight for your rights, ensuring you receive full compensation for your injuries, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. To learn more about how we can help, contact us online or call us for a free consultation.

"My phone calls were always returned and my questions were always answered. I was satisfied with the results of my case. Thank you for your splendid help!" - Actual client

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