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Universal Motorcycle Hand Signals

While it’s entirely possible to get by as a motorcyclist without knowing the associated hand signals, they are some of the best tools available to motorcycle riders. This is especially true for bikers traveling in groups. Read further to learn about the most common hand signals, (although please check your state laws), and don’t forget to contact a Florida motorcycle lawyer like Sinclair Law in case of an accident.

  • Stop. One of the most important signals of all, the stop signal, is a simple arm extended down with the palm facing back. The equivalent of turning on break lights on a car, this will indicate to everyone behind you that you are stopping and that they should too.
  • Start engines. With an arm extended, signal to other riders that it’s time to start their engines by moving the index finger in a circle above your head.
  • Left or right turn. Both of these are done with the left arm. For a left turn, raise your left arm horizontally with elbow extended all the way. For a right turn, raise your left arm horizontally with your elbow bent at a vertical 90 degrees.
  • Hazard left or right. If you see a hazard in the road, signal to the bikers behind you by extending your left or right arm at a 45-degree angle. Don’t forget to point to the hazard.

Brad Sinclair of Sinclair Law
Even when we’re careful, accidents happen. Fortunately, bikers have the help of Florida motorcycle accident lawyers like Brad Sinclair of Sinclair Law. Brad Sinclair is himself a biker, and he knows all about taking care of cyclists who run into trouble through no fault of their own. If you’re a biker who has seen or suffered an accident, don’t hesitate to call Florida motorcycle lawyer Brad Sinclair.