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What You Can Learn From Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

By: Allan M. Siegel

The Month of May has been declared Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in the United States, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been working with local agencies across the country to educate motorists and riders about safely sharing the road.

As Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month comes to an end, our legal team would like to remind all local residents throughout the DC metro area about the importance of motorcycle safety on our roads and highways.

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Increasing awareness about the risks motorcyclists face can help save lives. Motorcycles are smaller than other vehicles on the road and can be easily overlooked. In addition, riders have very little protection against outside forces. Both of these factors make for increased risks of motorcyclists experiencing accidents, injuries, or death. According to the NHTSA, motorcycle riders are more than 30 times more likely to die in traffic accidents than occupants in passenger vehicles.

Below are few important things motorists should remember:

  • Never drive distracted. Doing so can place others at risk, including vulnerable motorcyclists. It can wait.
  • Remember that motorcyclists have the same rights, privileges, and responsibilities as any other motorist.
  • Give motorcyclists a full lane width. Motorcyclists need room to maneuver safely, and you should never try to share the same lane.
  • Remember motorcyclists are small. Always be on alert for riders and be sure to check mirrors and blind sports – and to make a signal – when turning or switching lanes.
  • Give motorcyclists extra distance. Allow more follow distance when traveling behind a motorcycle. They may need to maneuver suddenly to avoid hazards like potholes, pavement seams, and other dangers.

Riders can also play an important role in staying safe and sharing the road by being properly licensed and trained, obeying all traffic laws, and always wearing helmets and protective clothing.

At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., our personal injury lawyers have seen just how devastating motorcycle accidents can be for families and victims, and we want to stress the importance of making safety a priority. For riders who have been injured in a motorcycle accident – or for families who have lost loved ones to motorcycle crashes – our legal team is here to provide support and legal help.

Our legal team of Maryland motorcycle lawyers, is dedicated to protecting the rights of motorcyclists on our roadways. If you or a loved one has suffered a personal injury or death as a result of a motorcycle accident in Maryland or the DC metro area, our personal injury attorneys are available to help. If you would like more information about your rights after a motorcycle accident, call 888-885-5638 for a free consultation.