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Reckless Drivers Increase Bradenton Motorcycle Accident Risks


Summer is in full swing in Bradenton, meaning there is an increase in traffic on local roads. Reckless driving is a common cause of car accidents, and the risks increase in heavy traffic conditions. Motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable and have the potential to suffer the most serious personal injuries.  Our Bradenton motorcycle accident lawyer explains more about how these crashes happen and how automobile drivers can reduce the risks.

Reckless Driving Behavior That Puts Bradenton Motorcyclists At Risk

According to the Bradenton Convention And Visitors Bureau, close to one million people visit our area each year, many of whom come over the summer months. As residents are well aware, this can significantly increase traffic conditions.

Not being familiar with local roads and being in a hurry to reach different destinations can lead to reckless driving. For locals, frustration with tourists and the increase in traffic they bring can make them act in reckless ways as well. While this can pose risks to all drivers, it can be particularly dangerous for bikers.

Motorcycles operate differently than motor vehicles. They typically need more room to navigate corners and more time to make stops or otherwise react to traffic. Common types of reckless behavior on the part of driver that can put them at risk and increases the likelihood of potentially life-threatening motorcycle accidents in Bradenton include:

  • Not following posted speed limits;
  • Running red lights or stop signs;
  • Making sudden and erratic movements;
  • Cutting motorcyclists off in traffic and failing to yield;
  • Swerving in and out of their lanes.

Reckless Behavior On The Part Of Motorists Increases Fatal Motorcycle Accident Risks

A June 24, 2023 Bradenton Herald report detailed a recent and tragic case that helps illustrate the risks motorcyclists face in dealing with other motorists. A motorcycle rider was recently struck by an SUV on a weekend evening near the Wawa on Manatee Ave. W. Police report that the crash happened when the SUV driver made a left turn directly into the path of the motorcyclist. While the driver walked away with only minor injuries, the motorcyclist was tragically killed as a result.

Motorcyclists have little to protect them in collisions with other drivers, so injuries they suffer are more likely to be life-threatening. To reduce the risks, motorists are encouraged to take the following precautions:

  • Appreciate that motorcyclists have the same right to be on the road as every other driver;
  • Understand that motorcycles handle differently, which makes riders vulnerable;
  • Allow motorcyclists plenty of space on the road and avoid aggressive driving behaviors, such as tailgating or cutting them off in traffic;
  • Avoid slamming on your brakes or other sudden movements that increase motorcycle accident risks.

Request A Consultation With Our Bradenton Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Motorcycle accident injuries in Bradenton have the potential to be severe. If you or someone you love is injured in this type of crash, the Law Office of Steven G. Lavely can help you hold those at fault accountable. To request a consultation with our Bradenton motorcycle accident lawyer, call or contact our office online today.