Together, we can take a few simple precautions to ensure that we all "Stay Safe and Arrive Alive" this summer.
Motorcycles and bicycles are small and most crashes are due to drivers failing to see a bike. Always check blind spots as riders can be difficult to spot when merging or changing lanes. With only one headlight and reflectors, bikes are often harder to recognize at night. Look twice at intersections as it can be difficult to judge a rider’s distance and speed.
Drive consistently and predictably. Riding or driving erratically puts everyone in danger. Maine law states that drivers must allow at least 3 feet between your vehicle and a bicyclist. Do not pass until it’s safe to do so, always leaving plenty of space. Wet or uneven surfaces can make it necessary for a rider to change speed or direction suddenly.
Put yourself in the rider’s point of view to imagine what they’re sensing. Use turn signals when changing lanes and make eye contact if possible to acknowledge a rider’s presence. Learn common hand signals as bikers use them to let others know when they’re stopping, changing lanes, or turning. Be patient and assume riders are closer than they appear.
With little to no protection, it’s a motorcyclist or bicyclist who is often seriously injured in an accident and our attorneys see firsthand the end results. By staying vigilant and informed, we can help keep our busy highways and scenic byways safe for all of our families and friends.
For those who ride, keep Joe by your side
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, contact us today for a free and confidential case evaluation. The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein has helped over 25,000 injured and disabled Mainers collect more than $500 million since 1974.
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