Tips for Drivers, taken from the
Maryland Driver’s Manual:
Motorcycles are vehicles and their riders have the same rights and privileges as anyone else on the roadway. But in crashes, a motorcyclist is six times more likely to be hurt than a car driver. Motorcycles are smaller than cars and trucks, and it can be harder to judge the speed and distance of an oncoming motorcycle. Violating a motorcyclist's right of way in a crash that causes a serious injury could cost you three points and a $1,000 fine.
Yield the right-of-way to an oncoming motorcycle when turning left. Violating a motorcyclist’s right of way can result in a citation with significant penalties if you cause a serious injury. Drivers are at fault in just over half of car crashes with motorcycles. Look carefully for motorcyclists at intersections.
Look twice before changing lanes or merging into traffic. Use your mirrors and look over your shoulder to be sure it is safe before merging or changing lanes. Motorcycles can be hidden in a vehicle’s blind spot or missed in a quick look due to their smaller size. And please use your turn signals to let others know you intend to move over! We all share a common road.
Give Riders plenty of space. Traffic, weather and road conditions require the motorcyclists to react and maneuver differently. Allow enough room for the motorcyclist to maneuver and enough time for you to adjust.
Use care when driving near a group of motorcyclists. Motorcyclists participate in organized rides which can involve many motorcycles. Driving around these groups requires communication and patience. If you need to change lanes or reach an exit, signal your intention early and wait for the riders in the group to create a gap for you. Do not merge in between groups or riders unless there is enough space to do it safely.
May is Motorcycle Safety Month – And You Can Help Save A Life!
Every year in the state of Maryland, 70 motorcyclists are killed in traffic crashes on average. An additional 1,400 riders and passengers are injured each year on motorcycles on Maryland roads. Almost half of motorcycle crashes don’t involve another vehicle, according to police crash reports, and failure to control speed and impaired riding by motorcyclists are often factors in fatal crashes. Riders can control their risk with knowledge, skills, gear and the right attitude. Motor vehicle drivers also contribute to a number of fatal motorcycle crashes each year – caused when drivers are inattentive, violate the motorcyclists' right of way or drive impaired. In a crash between a car and a motorcycle, the car driver is more likely to be at fault than the motorcyclist, according to Maryland crash data. You can save a life by looking twice for motorcyclists
Be a Part of the Solution – Join the Campaign to Prevent Motorcycle Crashes!
Maryland’s Motorcycle Safety Program includes education and training for motorcycle riders, awareness campaigns for motorists, and the enforcement of traffic laws for all road users. The MVA works as a part of the Maryland Motorcycle Safety Coalition to promote motorcycle safety across the State, and we need your help. Whether you are a driver or a rider, you can be part of the solution. Here’s what YOU can do:
Check out the tips for drivers and riders below.
Share the campaign messages to “Share the Road” and “Ride Sober” to your Facebook page, Twitter account, post to your website, share by email or print and post it where others can see them!