Sharing the Road with MotorcyclesJuly 30, 2018
If you are in a car accident, you are protected by the exterior of the vehicle, as well as the seatbelt and airbags. However, when you are riding a motorcycle, there is nothing protecting you from injury if you are struck by another vehicle. As a result, the injuries can be much more severe, even if the accident was relatively minor. There are several things that people can do, whether they are driving a car or a motorcycle, that can protect motorcyclists on busy roads and highways.
Safety Tips for Drivers
- Be aware of your surroundings. Motorcycles are smaller than cars, so it is important to check rear view and side mirrors regularly, particularly when changing lanes or exiting the highway. Large vehicles like trucks and buses have larger blind spots, so drivers should use extra caution when making turns or changing lanes.
- Give motorcyclists the entire lane. Consider motorcycles to be a vehicle like any other car or truck. It is never acceptable to pass a motorcycle in the same lane.
- Use caution when a motorcycle is turning. Unlike cars and trucks, a motorcycle’s turn signal will not turn off automatically. Wait for a moment to see what the motorcyclist is going to do before proceeding.
- Leave extra distance when passing or following a motorcycle. Rather than using the brakes, some motorcyclists downshift to slow down, which means that the brake lights will not come on. Assume the motorcyclist is going to stop when approaching a red light or stop sign.
Safety Tips for Motorcyclists
- Wear the appropriate safety gear. In addition to wearing a helmet, bikers should protect their arms, legs, and face with leather reinforced jackets, pants, footwear that covers the ankles, and either goggles or a helmet that has a visor.
- Drive defensively. Most motorcycle accidents are caused by car drivers. Bikers should remain alert to drivers who may be distracted while driving, drowsy, or are simply not paying attention.
- Avoid riding during inclement weather. Bad weather can impact visibility, as well as create unsafe road conditions. If you can avoid driving, wait until the road conditions are safe.
- Be aware of other hazardous road conditions. Potholes, unexpected bumps, wet leaves, and pebbles can cause a motorcycle to slip, causing a dangerous spill. Even railroad tracks can be hazardous if the motorcycle approaches the tracks too fast.
- Inspect the motorcycle regularly. Before hitting the road, make sure the motorcycle is in good working order, including the lights, tires, brakes, and directional signals.
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If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, it is in your best interest to contact the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton at your earliest convenience. Motorcyclists are much more vulnerable to injuries than motorists, since there is nothing protecting them from the impact of an accident. We will seek the maximum financial compensation you deserve for your injuries and ensure that your rights are protected. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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