Motorcyclists are some of the most vulnerable on the road because they are able to drive at high speeds while having very limited protection in the event of a collision. In addition, the size of a motorcycle means that they can be difficult to see by other drivers, especially when in drivers' blind spots or at night.
Motorcyclists tend to be very safety-conscious since they know the risks of driving and understand the skill required to operate their motorcycles. Unfortunately, however, there are drivers on the road who underestimate their responsibilities and who drive dangerously. This can increase the risk of dangerous motorcycle collisions.
It is important to understand ways to deal with dangerous drivers as a motorcyclist in Maryland. This will help you to avoid dangerous situations and to protect your rights if you are involved in an accident.
Stay calm around tailgating drivers
As a safety-conscious motorcyclist, you will be aware of the appropriate speed in a given situation. Unfortunately, other drivers can prioritize urgency over safety, and they can become impatient if they want to drive faster. This can lead to tailgating. Being tailgated can feel stressful, but it is important not to be bullied into driving faster. Make sure to stay focused on driving, and pull over if you feel that it is safe and appropriate to do so.
Be aware of drivers' blind spots
All drivers have blind spots. As well as being aware of your own, you should make sure that you are visible to others. You should not assume that other drivers are aware of their own blind spots, because making this assumption could put you at risk.
Understand how bad weather affects other vehicles
Rainy or icy weather can affect all vehicles. In addition to making adjustments to your own motorcycle, make sure to remember the effect that the weather could have on other vehicles. It's a good idea to keep a good distance between yourself and other vehicles to allow for increased stopping times in bad weather.
If you have been involved in an accident as a motorcyclist, it is important to ensure that fault is properly established. You should never take the blame for another driver's dangerous actions.