Daytona Beach Bike Week bills itself as the “World’s Largest Motorcycle Event.” Every year, this 10-day festival attracts thousands of bikers who take advantage of Florida’s beautiful spring weather and scenic rides.
Our firm’s Daytona Beach Bike Week motorcycle accident lawyers want everyone at the event to have a fun and safe time. Make the most of your trip with our tips for attending Daytona Beach Bike Week 2024, scheduled March 1-10.
Tune Up Your Motorcycle
The last thing you want during Bike Week is to be stuck at your hotel or alongside the road with a flat tire or other problem. Before heading to Daytona Beach, make sure to give your motorcycle a thorough inspection and tune-up. Not only will this ensure you don’t miss the fun, but it will also help you avoid accidents caused by mechanical problems.
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Protect Yourself and Your Motorcycle With Accident Insurance
According to the Daytona Beach News-Journal, in 2023, 69 people were hospitalized for injuries during the first five days of Bike Week alone. If the worst happens and you are involved in a motorcycle accident while in Daytona Beach, you want to be financially prepared.
Technically, Florida does not require motorcyclists to have auto insurance, but if you cause a collision, the injured party may be able to hold you responsible for their losses. It is a good idea to carry a policy that provides at least $10,000 in bodily injury liability per person/$20,000 per accident and $10,000 in property damage liability. If you are visiting from out of state, you should have motorcycle insurance that complies with your state’s laws.
In addition, Florida Statutes § 316.211 requires Florida bikers over age 21 who want to ride without a helmet to have $10,000 in medical benefits to pay for injuries to their person. If you are over 21 and wear a helmet, you do not have to have this insurance.
Safeguard Your Bike From Theft
Most Daytona Beach Bike Week attendees are there to have a great time. But, with so many motorcycles in one location, the event can be fertile ground for thieves.
Keep your bike and your possessions safe by always parking in well-lit areas. If your motorcycle has a fork lock or other anti-theft protection, use them! Finally, do not keep valuables in your saddlebags.
Plan Your Bike Week Accommodations and Activities
There is so much to see and do in Daytona Beach and at Bike Week. Make sure you plan your accommodations and activities in advance so you can make the most of your stay. Scheduled events include races, stunt shows, live music, and more.
Of course, there are also many scenic rides planned. The Daytona Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau recommends the following:
- Street Festival Ride
- Lucky Ride
- The Loop
- Iconic U.S. Hwy 1 Ride
- National Seashore Ride
- Ponce Inlet Ride
- Old City Ride
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Ride Safe to Avoid Motorcycle Accidents
Rider safety is paramount. During Daytona Beach Bike Week, please do the following to keep yourself and others on the road protected:
- Do not drink and drive. Bike Week is a party, but that does not mean you should behave recklessly when it comes to drinking and driving. Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs can significantly diminish your judgment, vision, and bodily control and increase the risk of an accident.
- Make yourself visible to other motorists. Because of their size, motorcycles are often harder to see than passenger vehicles, which can cause collisions. To make yourself more visible, wear bright-colored clothing, use reflective tape, and ensure your headlights are on in the dark or during bad weather. In addition, be aware of other vehicles’ blind spots and avoid riding in them.
- Wear helmets and protective gear. Though helmets are not required, it is a good idea to wear them. At the very least, Florida’s laws mandate that riders wear protective eyewear. For your safety, you may also wish to wear a riding jacket, long pants, gloves, boots, and earplugs.
- Obey traffic laws and avoid negligent driving. Avoid negligent and wrongful driving behaviors like speeding, running red lights or stop signs, illegal passing, and tailgating. You should also know that Florida Statutes § 316.209 law prohibits motorcyclists from riding two abreast in a single lane (lane sharing/splitting).
What To Do If You’re in a Bike Week Collision
If you suffer injuries in a motorcycle accident during Daytona Beach Bike Week, seek prompt medical treatment. You should also report your accident to the police and your insurance provider immediately. Keep records of any and all collision-related expenses.
If your accident was not your fault, you may qualify to seek financial compensation from a liable party. Consider consulting with a personal injury lawyer from our law firm about your legal options. We may be able to help you recover economic and non-economic damages, including awards for your medical bills, motorcycle repairs, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
If your crash occurred in Florida, its laws apply to the collision. Understand that you do not have unlimited time to pursue economic justice. According to Florida Statutes § 95.11, the statute of limitations for most motor vehicle accident lawsuits is two years. We assist in-state and out-of-state clients.
Bogin, Munns & Munns Is Here If You Need Us During Daytona Beach Bike Week
We sincerely hope everyone has a fun and accident-free time while attending Daytona Beach Bike Week. But, if the unexpected happens, know that Bogin, Munns & Munns is here for you. We will explain your rights and help you protect your financial future by pursuing your damages with an insurance claim or lawsuit.
If you or your loved one sustains an injury, contact us to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a Daytona Beach motorcycle accident lawyer with our law firm. We take cases on contingency, so working with us will cost you nothing upfront or out of pocket. We offer 24/7 legal support.