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Motorcyclists and other drivers share safety responsibilities

Motorcyclists have the same rights on the road as other drivers do, but they are more likely to be injured or killed in vehicle accidents. Both motorcycle riders and drivers of other vehicles are responsible for staying safe on the roads. By following a few safety tips, all drivers can help avoid motorcycle accidents.

Among the tips:

Motorcyclists should give trucks extra space. Trucks have large blind spots that make it difficult for trucks to see smaller vehicles. If a motorcyclist needs to stop quickly, a truck may not see the motorcyclists or may not be able to stop in time.

- Motorcyclists should call out potential hazards on the road such as parked cars, dogs or gravel. Calling out these objects can help riders stay alert.

For more tips, read our recent article, "Staying Safe During Motorcycle Accident Season."

-- Other drivers should give motorcycles plenty of space. Although motorcycles are smaller than passenger cars, they have almost the same stopping distance.

-- Other drivers should understand that motorcycles may adjust position with a lane for a variety of reasons: Visibility, wind, other vehicles and debris all play a role in where a motorcycle drives.

All of these tips involve understanding differences in how motorcycles and other vehicles operate on the road. By paying attention to these differences, drivers can be more aware and better prepared to drive safely on our roads.

  1. "Committed To My Cause"

    I was struck by a car while cycling and severely, almost fatally injured. A team of excellent medical professionals performed complicated and extensive surgical and medical procedures as part of a successful effort to restore my health....
    -Jeff D.

  2. "Could not have made a better choice"

    We found Mark [Mathys] through the web after an auto accident in October 2011. While selecting someone you don't know to represent you can be a gamble, we could not have made a better choice....
    - Dave

  3. "Very satisfied"

    Mark [Mathys] is very professional. He responds almost immediately, via email, to any question, comment or concern I have and if he is not able to respond right away, he will let me know. I have been very satisfied with Mark so far and I am happy to be his client.
    -Jennifer

  4. "Easy to talk to"

    Mr. Mathys and Mr. Schneid were very professional and easy to talk to. Prior to working with them, my wife and I had no real experience with the legal system beyond a house closing, yet Mr. Mathys and Mr. Schneid explained the whole process to us very well. I knew that whenever I had a concern about our case or the legal system in general I could call their office or send an email and receive answers the same day... -Larry

  5. "Provided very wise advice"

    I've dealt with attorneys on a variety of issues, almost all of them since leaving college and entering the workplace. Mr. Mathys was the first attorney I had any real experience with, and I was impressed then and remain so. He provided very wise advice and always kept me informed. In the end, he delivered a favorable result. I recommend him highly.
    - Tyler D.

  6. "In-depth knowledge of the law"

    Mark [Schneid] is an excellent and skilled attorney and demonstrated in-depth knowledge of the law when he helped settle my dog bite lawsuit resulting from a traumatic incident. He explained what was needed of me and how I should handle the situation in a professional manner.
    - Karen K.

  7. "They went to bat for me"

    Not long ago I was involved in a car accident where I was hit by a gravel truck at an intersection. After I called Mathys & Schneid, even though I didn't have a very large case, they made me feel like I was one of their most important cases. They went to bat for me with the trucking company's insurance and got me a settlement. I would definitely recommend them to my family and friends. -Dan H.

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