The toll of a motorcycle accident is frequently serious and may even be deadly for any biker involved; as such, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is seeking to improve the safety of roads in Maryland and across America through Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. Throughout the month of May, the NHTSA is bringing awareness to the serious costs of motorcycle accidents and the steps both motorcyclists and other drivers can take to lessen the occurrences of these crashes.
Motorcycle crashes commonly involve another vehicle in some form, but those that most often pay the highest price are motorcyclists. Due to motorcycles featuring much less protection than cars and trucks, bikers are frequently subjected to serious impact and trauma during the course of a crash. To keep all drivers on the road safe, the NHTSA recommends that car and truck drivers should:
- Consistently check blind spots for motorcycles;
- Never drive drunk or distracted, as cell phone car accidents are especially dangerous for motorcyclists;
- Always signal before turning or changing lanes to warn motorcyclists of your actions;
- Not share a lane with motorcycles, because they need room to maneuver properly and safely;
- Follow three to four seconds behind a motorcycle as they stop quicker than cars on dry pavement and slower on wet roads; and
- Respect the rights of motorcyclists; they have the same privileges as cars.
Unfortunately, not all drivers will follow these rules of safety which may endanger the lives of motorcyclists, and even the most cautious and safety-attentive rider can be severely injured by the actions of another party.
At Alpert Schreyer, we believe that motorcyclists deserve the same protection on the road and in the courtroom that drivers of other motor vehicles receive. Our Maryland motorcycle crash injury lawyers have years of experience representing accident victims and can assist you in finding proper compensation for your injuries and other accident-related losses from at-fault parties and insurance companies. For more information on how we may be able to help you, call us at (844) 632-7274 for a free case evaluation.