Maryland motorcyclists: Protect yourself on the road
Due to the frequency of motorcycle accidents in Maryland, motorcyclists ought to take precautions to protect themselves from collisions.
August 24, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Maryland motorcyclists: Protect yourself on the road
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During the summer in Maryland, many motorists enjoy traveling by motorcycle to enjoy the comfortable weather. When choosing this mode of transportation, however, motorcyclists would be wise to take precautions to protect themselves from collisions when on the road.
According to the Maryland Department of Transportation, almost 15 percent of the deadly motor vehicle accidents in Maryland involved a motorcycle. In total, there were 1,804 motorcycle accidents in Maryland during 2006 -- 83 of which led to a fatality. Another 1,406 of those accidents led to at least one individual sustaining a personal injury.
Across the country, the number of people killed in motorcycle accidents has been on the rise in recent years. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 34,000 motorcyclists died in collisions from 2001 to 2008 in the United States. As the number of collisions increased, the number of people killed and injured in motorcycle accidents also rose during that period. In fact, there was a 55 percent increase in the number of motorcyclist fatalities from 2001 to 2008.
Safety tips for motorcyclists in Maryland
When riding a motorcycle, Maryland residents can take a number of precautions to prevent injury. The Maryland Department of Transportation provides a series of guidelines for those on the road. For instance, they recommend that motorcyclists always ensure that other drivers are able to see them easily. Motorcyclists ought to ensure their headlights are functioning properly and affix reflective panels to their clothing to better alert other motorists.
In addition, motorcyclists should wear an approved helmet whenever they are on the road. The Maryland Department of Transportation reported that 12 percent of the motorcyclists killed in 2006 were not using safety equipment at the time of the collision.
Motorcyclists should always refrain from operating a motorcycle if they have been consuming alcohol or have taken other medication that might prevent them from operating the vehicle safely.
Maryland motorcyclists might also consider taking a training course through the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration. Those under the age of 18 are required to take the course in Maryland. The MVA offers courses both for novice and experienced riders. According to the MVA, over 90 percent of motorcyclists who are involved in a collision never received formal training to operate a motorcycle.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, you should consider your options to recover for the damage caused in the collision. In such situations, consulting with a skilled personal injury attorney will ensure your rights are protected.
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