A pair of motorcycle accidents in Fort Myers over the weekend serves as a stark reminder to motorists that bike-season is every season in Southwest Florida.
The motorcycle accident attorneys and staff at Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner, Personal Injury Lawyers, urge motorists to use caution and watch for bikers on our roads — the lack of afternoon rain in the winter often puts more bikes on the road as northern tourists and snowbirds hit the area from states where motorcycles have been stored for the winter.
In fact, research by www.flbikers.com shows a greater percentage of Floridians take to the road on their motorcycles than anywhere else in America and the state’s half a million registered motorcycles is second only to California in total number of motorcycle owners.
“Our season remains open 12 months out of the year,” said Frankie Kennedy, president of the Southwest Florida Chapter of American Bikers Aimed Toward Education. “Snowbirds and visitors have to become reacquainted with the realization that they are sharing roads with motorcycles.”
A motorcycle accident with injuries was reported Monday afternoon in Estero on U.S. 41 at Williams Road. On Sunday, an 18-year-old Alva man was killed and a 16-year-old Fort Myers girl taken to the hospital in critical condition. The Florida Highway Patrol reported they were eastbound on State Road 80 approaching I-75 when their motorcycle collided with a car.
“In the last 30 to 45 days we have gone through a rash of bad wrecks,” Kennedy said. “I was at a funeral Sunday.”
Motorcycle riders also can benefit from frequently reviewing the basics of rider safety, which is available at www.flbikers.com. Meanwhile, Motorists need to take an extra moment of caution and remain aware, Kennedy said.
“They’ve got to be careful and watch out for them,” he said.
Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner, Personal Injury Lawyers, has been representing motorcycle accident victims in Southwest Florida for four decades. The firm’s motorcycle accident attorneys offer free appointments to discuss your case at any of our offices in Cape Coral, Naples, Fort Myers, Port Charlotte, Arcadia, Venice and Sebring.
Bruce L. Scheiner has spent more than 37 years as a strong advocate for motorcycle safety and motorcycle rights in Florida and presently is the primary sponsor of Southwest Florida’s largest motorcycle event, Cape Coral Biker Nights, as well as publisher of www.flbikers.com, a website dedicated to motorcycling and safety in Southwest Florida.