Warmer Weather Means More MotorcyclesJune 13, 2018
As the temperatures continue to climb and the sun sets later in the day, more people are out and about enjoying the warm, sunny weather. It also means more motorcyclists are sharing the roads with cars and trucks, now that the long, cold winter has finally passed.
However, with more motorcyclists on the roads, there is often an increase in fatal motorcycle crashes. In fact, there were two fatal crashes that occurred in early May in Baltimore, within hours of each other.
The first accident happened at 2 p.m. at Butler Road, when a motorcycle rider hit a car after it merged in front of him. The second accident happened at approximately 5 a.m. near Murdock Road, when a car turned in front of a motorcyclist on York Road, causing him to crash his bike.
Authorities are reminding drivers about the increased number of motorcyclists on the roads during this time of year, and to use extra caution when driving.
Why Motorcycle Accidents Are So Dangerous
With more motorcycles on the road, and more people driving cars to various destinations, there is an increased chance of traffic accidents, including those involving motorcycles. Seasoned riders know firsthand how dangerous this can be.
If there is an accident involving a car and a motorcycle, the occupants of the car are protected by airbags, seatbelts, and the physical exterior of the car. Motorcycle riders, however, are much more vulnerable, since there is no physical barrier protecting the rider from injury.
An MDOT MVA administrator discussed how important it is for all drivers to be extra cautious this time of year, whether driving a car, a truck, or a motorcycle. In addition, drivers should be particularly careful on weekends, as nearly half of all fatal motorcycle accidents occur on Saturdays and Sundays.
No matter the situation, it is important to avoid distractions, take your time, and pay attention to the road. For motorcyclists in particular, being vigilant about road safety can be a matter of life and death. It only takes a moment of distraction or changing a lane without looking for a car to hit a motorcycle. This can cause severe, often fatal injuries.
While it is always important to make safety a priority, particularly when you are sharing the road with motorcyclists, May was “Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.”
Safety officials hope to continue to raise awareness about motorcycle accidents, and the importance of safety, as more motorcyclists are sharing the roads this time of year.
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