On a Sunday night in late July, 48-year-old Anthony Nicholas Viggiano was
riding his motorcycle southbound on Belcher Road near the intersection
with Cleveland Street in Clearwater.
Viggiano was involved in a
motorcycle accident just before midnight. He apparently lost control of his 2006 Honda and
then crashed into a roadside sign and light pole. Viggiano was transported
by ambulance to
Morton Plant Hospital, but died from his injuries shortly thereafter.
Sadly, Viggiano’s death matches a recent statistic regarding the
rising median age of motorcycle riders and amount of middle-aged riders.
In the US, the median age of motorcyclists is 42, while the total number
of riders over age 45 has increased by over 174 percent over the past
Most riders can enjoy safer, accident-free trips by developing a few simple
Protection: Wear a properly fitted helmet at all times. Helmets need to be replaced
every five years. Wear protective riding gear fitted with body armor plates
and always keep legs and ankles covered.
Turns: Keep your eyes up and look through a turn as far around a corner as possible.
Keep both feet on the footrests, knees in and close to the gas tank, leaning
with your core, not your legs.
Visibility: Consider paint colors or riding gear with vibrant colors and using a modulating
headlamp for increased visibility, along with reflective trim, panels,
belts or vests whenever riding after dark.
Alcohol – Never drink and ride.
Pre-Ride Checks: Verify that the turn signals, running lights, headlight, and brake lamps
are all functioning each time before you ride. Never ride with any non-functional
bulbs. Check air pressure with a tire gauge, especially if the bike has
been sitting for more a few days.
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