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May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

As spring is in full bloom across Maryland and the United States, more people are taking their motorcycles out on the open road. It only makes sense that Governor Larry Hogan and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have declared that May to be Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.

The Share the Road program is a major part of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. This program encourages motorists of all types to share the road with other vehicles. Other tips include:

  • Avoiding distractions while driving, such as smart phones
  • Double-checking for motorcyclists when turning or changing lanes
  • Avoiding speeding
  • Not drinking and driving

As part of Share the Road, motorcyclists will be encouraged to obey the rules of the road. For instance, motorcycles cannot ride on the shoulder of the road or between lanes.

Over the summer, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) will be very active to promote this program, creating both television and web advertisements aimed at highlighting the importance of sharing the road.

Motorcycle deaths in Maryland are on the rise

According to the Maryland Vehicle Administration (MVA), motorcycle deaths increased almost 10 percent from 2014 to 2015, from 66 to 72 deaths. The MVA also states that more than 1,400 motorcycle riders and passengers are injured in crashes each year in Maryland.

According to the NHTSA, motorcyclists are six times more likely to be injured and 27 times more likely to be killed in a crash as a motorist. This disproportionate number of injuries and deaths stems from the fact that motorcycles are far smaller than other vehicles. Even when riders and passengers wear helmets and protective clothing, they are still at risk for injuries in an accident.

Anyone who has been injured in a motorcycle accident, or anyone who has lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, should discuss their situation with a skilled attorney. For years, injured people across Prince George's County and beyond have relied on the Zarbin Law Firm.

Sources: Motorcycles, Driving Safety, NHTSA, Officials kick start efforts to reduce motorcycle crashes in Western Maryland, press release, Maryland Vehicle Administration

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