Everybody is familiar with distracted driving, but what about distracted riding? With all of the concern given to sharing the road and trying to keep motorcyclists safe, it’s hard to believe that anybody would be taking “selfies” or using any kind of electronic device while riding. Fox News Channel Four recently reported on a video of a Fort Myers motorcycle rider who takes her hands (and attention) away from the task or riding to take a photo of herself.
Electronic Distractions Aren’t Just For Drivers
Surprisingly, electronic distractions aren’t just for drivers anymore. Everybody knows that texting, taking photos, checking emails and web browsing are all dangerous behaviors behind the wheel. It’s almost hard to believe, that with all of the concern over sharing the road with motorcycle riders, anybody would ride distracted.
Motorcycle Riders Have Enough to Worry About
Motorcycle riders in Southwest Florida and across the U.S. have enough to worry about without putting themselves and their fellow riders and drivers in danger. Drivers are continuously being asked to “Share the Road” with motorcycle riders. Riders have to worry about distracted drivers, impaired drivers, roadway debris, inclement weather conditions and a variety of other factors just to stay alive and get safely to their destinations.
A Wreck Involving a Distracted Driver or Rider
After any wreck involving a distracted driver or rider, you should speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. In many cases, we hear about distracted drivers putting the lives of motorcyclists at risk, but what about when the tables turn? A distracted rider is first and foremost, putting him or herself at very grave risk. The rider will obviously have the least amount of protection in the event of a crash. Helmets, jackets, gloves and boots can only do so much. It’s not like having airbags, seatbelts and a steel cage. Secondly, a distracted rider can become a dangerous projectile and an out-of-control bike can pose a dangerous and deadly threat to other motorists on the roadway. Whether you get behind the wheel or ride a motorcycle, you should never take your attention away from the roadway. Lives depend on it.
Legal Disclaimer: The above guidelines are educational in nature and do not create an attorney/client relationship. It is highly recommended that all Florida accident victims contact an experienced local Florida personal injury attorney to assist them with specific facts and circumstances regarding their motor vehicle accident. If you have been the victim of a motor vehicle accident in Florida, then feel free to contact Attorney Weldon toll free at (877) 730-5180 or via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Richard L. Weldon, II is an experienced Florida personal injury attorney who has obtained the AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell. He is the managing attorney of Weldon & Rothman, PL – a Southwest Florida law firm with offices in Naples, Fort Myers, and Sarasota.