While a motorcycle can be an exhilarating way to get around, they are more prone to accidents. This is especially true when other passenger vehicles share the road as motorcycles are less visible than the other cars and trucks on the roadways. There are a few things that you can do, however, to increase your visibility while riding a motorcycle.
Dark colored motorcycles can actually make a bike even harder to see. Choose a brightly colored motorcycle to increase visibility. In addition to riding a brightly colored bike, wearing bright safety gear, such as helmets and vests designed to reflect light can also increase visibility. These are two of the primary ways that motorcyclists increase their visibility.
The Tampa Bay Times reports that a man from Pinellas intentionally struck a motorcyclist with his vehicle. 35-year-old Jonathan Edward Blaine is facing numerous charges in the incident that occurred on Thursday afternoon. The accident took place in the area of Lake St. George Drive and Langstaff Drive in Palm Harbor.
At about 2:15 p.m. Florida State Patrol troopers reported to an accident reported between a vehicle and a motorcycle. The call indicated that the two people involved in the crash were arguing. Blaine said that a speeding motorcycle came up behind him and hit his vehicle. Blaine then voluntarily let troopers see the dashcam video of the collision.
The footage revealed that prior to the accident, Blaine had been driving straight without any side to side movements. The vehicle then jerked to the left, striking the motorcyclist. The motorcyclist, who was not named, was injured and wished to prosecute. Blaine was taken into custody following a period where he resisted and actively fought officers. One officer was injured in the confrontation.
Blaine’s bond was set at $80,000.