It is no secret that motorcyclists are the least-protected motorists on Florida roads. While some people like to blame bikers for serious accidents, arguing that they put themselves in harm's ways by driving unsafe vehicles, the fact is that motorcyclists are allowed to ride on our roads just like anyone else. Unfortunately, driver still are not good at keeping an eye out for them.
Recently, an incident of a driver not paying attention ended up leaving a motorcyclist injured. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a 51-year-old motorcyclist had stopped at an intersection in Pensacola when he was hit by a driver from behind. The 45-year-old driver for some reason did not notice the stopped motorcyclist as she drove up behind him.
The motorcyclist suffered minor injuries in the collision and was taken to Sacred Heart for treatment. The Florida Highway Patrol is continuing to investigate the morning motorcycle accident.
As many of us in Pensacola know, distracted driving has become a serious problem on our roads. Between text messaging, talking on the phone, fiddling with the radio or turning around to tell the kids to settle down, drivers are easily distracted. Just because it is not hard to become distracted, however, does not mean it is acceptable.
Drivers are responsible for avoiding distraction and focusing on the road at all times. If they take their eyes off the road for even a few seconds, a crash like this one can easily occur. While this motorcyclist survived with minor injuries, not everyone is so lucky.
Source: Pensacola News Journal, "Motorcyclist injured in crash with car," Aug. 2, 2013