Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyers: Motorcycle Safety Awareness MonthMay 2, 2016
As the weather gets warmer, more motorcyclists will share the roads with other drivers. While it is always important for motorcyclists and drivers alike to be alert and practice safe driving habits at all times, early spring is a good time to bring special attention to motorcycle safety. May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, an important time to spread the word about safety awareness programs and remind all drivers that motorcyclists have the same rights and privileges as other drivers.
Unfortunately, motorcyclists are at much greater risk of being seriously injured or killed when involved in a motorcycle accident than a person driving a car. There is nothing protecting a motorcyclist from impact, no airbags or a seatbelt to keep them secure. There are certain tips that motorcyclists can follow that will make them more visible on the road, including moving to the far right or right third of the lane so other drivers are more likely to see them. In addition, many motorcyclists will appear to speed away after passing a car. They do this in order to put a safe distance between the motorcycle and the car, avoiding being hit from behind.
One of the most crucial steps motorcyclists can take to protect themselves is to wear a helmet. Unfortunately, it is not a law in all states, and a large percentage of riders do not wear helmets. Following are some alarming statistics regarding helmet use for motorcyclists:
- In 2012, 4,957 motorcyclists were killed, which was a seven percent increase from 2011.
- In 2012 and 2013, only 60% of riders used DOT-compliant helmets.
- Motorcycle helmets do not affect a riders hearing or vision.
Drunk Riding Prevention
Operating a motorcycle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol can be deadly. Balance, coordination, reaction times and judgment are all impaired when alcohol has been consumed. Statistics reveal that there have been more fatal motorcycle crashes resulting from drunk riding than fatal crashes involving intoxicated drivers.
Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Victims Injured in Motorcycle Crashes
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured or killed in a motorcycle accident, you may be eligible for financial compensation. Maryland motorcycle accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton will work tirelessly on your behalf to hold the responsible parties accountable for their actions and secure the maximum compensation for your injuries. Call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie and Towson, allowing us to represent clients throughout Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Parkville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood and Elkridge.