Travelers Warned About Rise in Fatal Motorcycle AccidentsSeptember 3, 2019
In less than a month, six people have lost their lives in motorcycle accidents in the state of Maryland. This is a stark reminder to motorcyclists and motorists to make safety a priority, particularly when driving on busy highways during the remainder of the summer. The Maryland State Police issued a warning to all travelers about the dangers of motorcycle accidents, and the importance of paying attention to travelers who are sharing the road. Since there is nothing protecting a motorcyclist from the impact of an accident, the resulting injuries can be devastating, if not fatal.
Overview of Six Fatal Crashes
The following details about the fatal motorcycle crashes were released by the Maryland State Police:
- On July 28, a 61-year-old man crashed on the inner loop of I-695 between North Point and Merritt boulevards. He did not survive the accident.
- On August 4, a motorcyclist suffered fatal injuries after he lost control of his vehicle and road across a grass median where he struck two other motorcycles.
- On August 4, a 34-year-old motorcyclist crashed near I-695 and Route 2 in Glen Burnie. His injuries were fatal.
- On August 5, a 26-year-old man was fatally injured after he crashed into a car on Central Avenue at Watkins Park Drive in Largo. According to a preliminary investigation, the driver of the car was at-fault for causing the accident.
- On August 10, a motorcyclist was allegedly traveling the ramp from Golden Ring Road to the inner loop of I-695 when he failed to yield to oncoming traffic. He died after hitting another vehicle and getting ejected from his motorcycle.
- On August 12, a 44-year-old man died after he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed into a light pole on the northbound side of Bel Air Road near Rock Spring Road.
Safety Tips for Motorcycle Riders
Many serious motorcycle accidents can be avoided if riders always follow basic safety tips, including the following:
- Get the proper license and training. Motorcyclists must have the required license to ride a motorcycle in Maryland. Basic rider training courses are available throughout the state.
- Wear the appropriate gear, including a helmet. This is a law in Maryland and those who do not wear a helmet may be fined up to $500.
- Obey the speed limit and other posted traffic signs.
- Do not drink and drive. Close to one third of motorcycle accidents in 2014 involved motorcyclists who were impaired.
- Do not drive aggressively.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Give yourself plenty of space for emergency braking.
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