Maryland Motorcycle Accident Deaths

May 30, 2012 by  
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According to a new report, the number of deaths caused by Maryland motorcycle accidents decreased last year, but state officials note that the differences between a crash that results in a fatality vs. non-fatal accidents can be very slight. Therefore, continued efforts to increase motorcycle safety and reduce the risk of all motorcycle accidents are important.

Maryland Motorcycle Accident DeathsA study released last week by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) indicates that while there was a slight drop in the number of motorcyclist deaths in Maryland from 2010 to 2011, there was no reduction nationwide, with about 4,500 motorcycle accidents resulting in death each year.

In Maryland, there were 31 deaths during the first six months of 2011, compared with 34 during the first half of 2010. The overall drop over the course of the year has put Maryland back where it was in 2004, prior to the “bike boom”.

The report suggests that the rebounding economy is putting more motorcycles on the road, as more consumers are able to buy them as recreational vehicles. At the same time, gas prices have increased, which may be pushing more people to use their motocycles due to fuel economy. Therefore, researchers suggest that if these trends continue there will be increases in motorcycle travel and accidents unless strong measures are taken.

Several states suggested that specific motorcycle safety programs may have played a role in decreasing or limiting the increase in motorcycle accidents and deaths. The report highlights how effective strategies to prevent motorcylce accidents, injuries and deaths are well known, and many states have made motorcycle safety a high priority.

The GHSA has recommended that states address five major issues:

  1. Increase Motorcycle Helmet Use
  2. Reduce Alcohol Impairment
  3. Reduce Speeding
  4. Provide Motorcyclist Training to All Who Need or Want It
  5. Encourage All Drivers to Share the Road with Motorcycles
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