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What to Look for When Buying a Motorcycle

Andrew J. Bolli found himself taking an unexpected detour on his trip through Florida when a pickup truck slammed into his motorcycle in February. The Elizabethtown, KY resident was driving on State Road 121 at 6:45AM when Earl Hodges, a resident of Glen St. Mary’s, hit him while attempting to turn left. Hodges was cited for failing to yield right way to Bolli. Bolli was evacuated to Shands Jacksonville hospital for treatment of his injuries.

There is no word as to what kind of motorcycle Bolli was driving when he was hit in the accident. However, there are a number of things that he might have wanted to consider when purchasing his motorcycle so as to ensure his own safety and comfort. They are:

  • Ergonomics. Does the motorcycle feel comfortable when riding it?
  • Seat height. Is the seat too high or low? Remember that you need to sit on it for long stretches of time.
  • Windshield. While not a mandatory, a windshield can make the ride safer and more comfortable.
  • Luggage compartment. This is actually a safety concern as well as a practical one. If there is no luggage compartment, you may be tempted to use a backpack which could restrict your movement.
  • Electronic features. You should also consider whether or not you want a motorcycle with extra features such as GPS and a radio to help you make it through long rides.

Other things to take into consideration which are not necessarily safety related are whether the motorcycle fits your personal style and budget and the amount of engine noise it generates.

Of course, even the safest of motorcycles do end up involved in accidents on occasion. If you or a loved one has been injured on a motorcycle here in Florida, it is important to get help from an experienced attorney who specializes in motorcycle accidents — the Law Office of Cohn & Smith, P.A. has handled motorcycle crash cases for more than 30 years. Your attorney can help you to collect any money you are entitled to from the insurance company as well as defend your interests in court if the insurance company challenges your account of what happened.

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