I don’t own a motorcycle but I imagine that those who are motorcycle enthusiasts must be very concerned when riding the roads, they would want to make sure all drivers of vehicles see their motorcycle so they are not injured in an accident where a vehicle abruptly makes a careless decision and the motorcycle (and those on them) are serious injured, if not killed. Unfortunately, this did not occur earlier this month, near Fort Walton Beach. Various news agencies report that one person was killed after a car drove into the path of an oncoming motorcycle. FHP officials report a 46-year-old female from Fort Walton Beach was stopped at the three-way intersection of Comanche Street at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. She tried to make a left hand turn onto the boulevard but pulled out in front of a motorcycle driven by a 56-year old man from Baker. The driver of the motorcycle and his passenger, a 54-year-old female, also of Baker were taken to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center. The driver suffered minor injuries, but his passenger died from her injuries.
Cycle World published a great article a couple years ago that gave great tips on how to stay visible when riding a motorcycle. Here they are:
- Hyper horns: Especially on older bikes, stock horns sometimes offer little more than an ovine bleat. But wiring up a set of ear-splitting Fiamm or Stebel air horns can roust even drowsy drivers fast.
- Loud pipes: The classic bumper sticker, “Loud Pipes Save Lives,” is probably true to some extent. They are, however, illegal and don’t make many friends for motorcycling, either. And unlike a loud horn, they won’t do much good in alerting a car that’s about to swing across your bow.
- Neon gear: Some emergency vehicles are painted high-visibility neon, which, in conjunction with their warbling sirens, halts traffic like nothing short of a good miniskirt. A growing number of companies make high-vis apparel, and Vemar offers a fluorescent lid that soaks up light energy and then glows all night.
- HID lighting: Your BFF may always have your back, but the brightest headlight you can afford will have your front on the street. High-intensity discharge (HID) xenon and light-emitting diode (LED) lighting are super-noticeable in daytime and also brighter than halogen OE units at night. The BMW K1600GTL has an adaptive HID headlight, and you can also buy HID and LED bulbs and lighting kits to fit various models.
- Headlight modulator: You already ride with your headlight on, right? Legal in all 50 states, a pulsing headlight modulator from Kisan Electronics draws additional attention to your position in the space-time continuum. Brake-light modulators are also available.
- Face Paint: Fairings offer a valuable few square feet of surface area that can be attached to the bike in reflective or eye-catching colors. (A motorcycle fairing is a shell placed over the frame of some motorcycles, especially racing motorcycles and sport bikes.)
Have you been injured in a car accident while riding a motorcycle? If so, you can get experienced help at Brannon & Brannon. Contact us for a free consultation at (850)659-2252 or through our website at brannoncanhelp.com