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Motorcyclists push safety to prevent serious injury

Motorcyclist's deaths in accidents are on the increase in Maryland, prompting public officials to emphasize safety awareness. In 2012, 75 motorcyclists died in accidents in Maryland, according to the MVA Motorcycle Safety Program. That number was up from 66 in 2011. Part of the responsibility lies on motorcyclists and part of the responsibility lies on motorists to avoid car accidents.

In one Washington county the local sheriff's office is promoting motorcycle safety awareness. The timing of the message could not be more poignant. The event was previously planned but comes three days after a motorcycle accident on Interstate 70 near Indian Springs claimed two lives and injured a third person. The event included tips for motorists to increase safety such as looking both ways at an intersection after coming to a complete stop, as well as suggestions for motorcyclists such as keeping a safe distance from other vehicles.

When motorcyclists are involved in an accident they often suffer major injuries. Even in minor accidents a motorcyclist can suffer from lacerations and broken bones. Major accidents pose an even greater threat of severe injury, such as soft tissue damage, head trauma, multiple fractures and serious road rash. Spinal cord injuries and death are also common to victims of serious motorcycle accidents.

Maryland bikers can often find the experience of a motorcycle accident to be very traumatizing. If they suffer any injury due to another driver's negligence they may be compensated for the pain and suffering they have endured. Motorcyclists injured in an accident should seek legal guidance to ensure they properly navigate the complicated legal system and receive appropriate compensation.

Source: Herald Mail, "Motorists and motorcyclists share responsibility as well as road," Caleb Calhoun, May 7, 2013

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