Most people are unaware of the numerous differences between riding a motorcycle and driving a car. This ignorance can lead to serious Maryland motorcycle wrecks.
In an effort to help educate the public, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) offers the following 10 tips that all other motorists should know about motorcycles and their riders:
- There are more cars and trucks on the road than there are motorcycles. Be on the lookout for bikes.
- The small size of a motorcycle might make it appear that the motorcycle is farther away than it really is.
- The small size of a motorcycle means it can more easily get lost in another vehicle’s blind spot.
- The small size of a motorcycle might make it appear that the motorcycle is moving faster than it really is.
- Motorcyclists often slow down by downshifting, which does not turn on the brake light. Leave extra room when following.
- Turn signals on a motorcycle don’t turn off automatically.
- Motorcyclists often move within their lane to avoid debris or adjust for wind. This is not a sign of reckless driving.
- Motorcycles are more maneuverable than other vehicles, but they still cannot avoid all hazards.
- Motorcycles take the same time to stop as other vehicles, not less.
- When riding next to a motorcyclist, think of the person, not the bike.
Frequently, other drivers fail to see a motorcyclist or incorrectly estimate the smaller vehicle’s distance, intended actions, or maneuverability. The more other drivers know about motorcyclists, the more accidents we can avoid.
If you or a family member has been the victim of a Maryland motorcycle accident, you may be able to recoup damages for your injuries from the at-fault driver. For more information on how to get an adequate settlement, call the experienced Maryland motorcycle-accident lawyers of Nickelsporn & Lundin at 800-875-9700 today.