Most importantly, drivers should look everywhere for motorcycles. This not only goes for Daytona Bike Week, but for every day of the year.
Orlando, FL (PRWEB) March 04, 2015
With Daytona Beach Bike Week 2015 set to begin Friday, March 6, Orlando motorcycle accident attorney Richard Troutman reminds all drivers to keep a close eye on motorcycles that will come roaring into Volusia County from all over the country.
My Fox Orlando offered a preview of the 74th running of the motorcycle festival, taking place March 6-15 (“Bike Week 2015 to kick off Friday in Daytona Beach,” March 3, 2015).
“I love to ride motorcycles, so I look forward every year to Bike Week in Daytona,” said Richard Troutman, an experienced personal injury attorney in Central Florida and founder of the Law Offices of Richard B. Troutman, P.A. “The event attracts thousands of bike enthusiasts from all over the country and pumps millions of dollars into the local economy. But it seems every year we hear about accidents involving serious injuries and fatalities. These are tragic accidents that can be prevented.”
According to WFTV.com, at least three motorcyclists died during last year’s Daytona Beach Bike Week (“Daytona Beach packed as Bike Week rides into last day,” March 16, 2014).
Troutman offered tips for drivers and motorcyclists to reduce the risk of accidents. “Most importantly, drivers should look everywhere for motorcycles. This not only goes for Daytona Bike Week, but for every day of the year,” he said. “In my job as an attorney, I’ve represented motorcyclists who were involved in accidents where the other driver says he or she didn’t see the motorcycle. That’s no excuse. The motorcycle rider has every right to share the road with cars and trucks.”
Attorney Troutman added that drivers should be careful when making left turns in intersections.
“Left-hand turns in intersections are one of the most dangerous maneuvers and can turn tragic when a motorcycle is approaching and the driver makes an error in judgment,” Troutman said. “Drivers of cars and motorcycle riders should always use caution in intersections. If you are driving a car, make sure to give the motorcycle rider the right of way before making your turn. If you are on a bike and approaching an intersection, slow down, cover your brakes and be prepared to take evasive action.”
Lane changes also can be dangerous, Troutman said. “If you’re driving a car in the Daytona area and need to change lanes, first double check your mirrors and glance over your shoulder before making your move,” Troutman said. “Don’t make a quick lane change. A motorcycle may be moving into your blind spot. Riders on motorcycles need to be aware of driver’s blind spots and spend as little time as possible in them.”
Lastly, Troutman urged drivers to avoid distractions and stay sober. “It’s critical for everyone on the road to stay alert and focused,” Troutman said. “If you text and drive, talk on your cell phone or you get behind the wheel after drinking, you increase the chance of causing a serious accident. Motorcycle riders who are rear-ended or sideswiped by cars rarely walk away without a scratch. They often face severe injuries requiring months or even years of rehabilitation. They may lose their lives, leaving family members and friends devastated.”
Troutman said any motorcyclist who is injured or anyone who loses a loved one in a motorcycle accident in Daytona Beach should seek the advice of legal counsel. He said an attorney can fight for compensation and hold the negligent driver accountable.
About Richard B. Troutman, P.A.
Attorney Richard Troutman has practiced law in Central Florida for over 30 years. He obtained his law degree at the University of Florida in 1980, after which he worked in the State Attorney’s office. Mr. Troutman’s practice has been dedicated solely to representing plaintiffs in personal injury cases in Florida since 1984. One of the most trusted and respected lawyers in Florida, Mr. Troutman has been selected by his peers as a Leading American Attorney, a title awarded to less than 6 percent of the state’s attorneys. Mr. Troutman earned the highest possible Martindale-Hubbell® rating, “AV,” indicating high ratings for legal ability and ethical standards. Mr. Troutman is also a member of the Florida Justice Association, the American Association for Justice and the American Bar Association.
If you were injured or a loved one was killed in a motorcycle accident, contact Richard B. Troutman P.A. today at 407-647-5002 for a free consultation.
Richard B. Troutman, P.A. is located at:
1101 N Kentucky Ave #100
Winter Park, Florida 32789