Beginning in July, motorcyclists from across the country will be making one of the longest treks possible in North America.
Starting in St. Augustine, Florida, bikers head north through the contiguous U.S. before crossing the Canadian border. After completing the international portion of the trip, they are welcomed by our home state of Alaska, the final destination of their journey. After over 4,000 miles, they will be weary, but elated to see their trip complete (or at least halfway, if they are riding back home).
While you may not be covering quite the distance as these motorcyclists, this traditional ride serves as a great reminder to all of us in Alaska to take the utmost caution when it comes to motorcycle safety.
If you see this chain of bikers out on the road, be sure to keep your vehicle at a safe distance. Always signal, and try to avoid sudden turns or lane changes. It’s true that helmets are required for riders 17 and under in Alaska, and many older riders wear them as well. But remember, motorcyclists are fairly unprotected. As Anchorage motorcycle accident injury attorneys, we’ve seen the devastating results a crash can have, usually ending very badly for the motorcyclist.
If you are a motorcyclist planning on joining these riders on Alaska’s roadways, please be sure to follow all safety measures before you venture on a long ride. Make sure your bike is operating properly, and do wear a helmet.
You should contact your insurance company to let them know you’re driving through Canada and other states and confirm how coverage would work if collision occurs in another country or state. Some insurance policies have a term in the contract to notify if riding in other countries or to perhaps a second home you may have in Florida, Oregon, Arizona. If you have any questions about motorcycle safety laws in Alaska, or have a loved one who has been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, please do not hesitate to call our Anchorage office. Our injury lawyers can answer your questions and address your concerns.
We wish all those making the Florida to Alaska motorcycle ride safe travels! If you run into any issues in The Last Frontier, be sure to reach out to our Anchorage team for local help.
For more information on motorcycle helmet safety, please check out some of our other posts:
- How do motorcycle helmets affect vision and hearing of riders?
- Deadly start to Alaska motorcycle season
- Alaska motorcycle law reminders
- What to do after a motorcycle accident
- The Need for Motorcycle Insurance
Or, give our Anchorage office a call at (907) 276-8185.