According to a recent story published by Southern Maryland News Net, Maryland State Police responded to a reported serious motor vehicle collision occurring on US Route 301 north of MD Route 227 that left two motorcyclists dead.
Reports indicate that the accident occurred on Monday, September 16, when a Kenworth Tractor towing a trailer was traveling northbound on US Route 301 through the intersection at MD Route 227 when a Yamaha XZF-R1 Motorcycle occupied by two males allegedly failed to control its speed and ran into the rear of the trailer.
The driver of the tractor suffered no injuries in the collision; however, both occupants of the motorcycle were ejected and died from their injuries on the scene.
Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) indicate that ten percent of the fatal motor vehicle accidents occurring each year in the United States involve collision with a motorcycle. The State of Maryland draws a large number of motorcyclists to its roadways every year, unfortunately resulting in an increase in the number of motorcycle accidents. NHTSA estimates that, in 2011, more than eighty thousand motorists suffered a motorcycle-related crash.
Motorcycle accidents often result in catastrophic injuries due to the limited protection they provide to rides in contrast to more traditional modes of transportation such as cars and trucks. In addition, motorcycles are much less visible than larger vehicles, increasing the risk of their being involved in an accident. One statistic states the risk of motorcyclists’ likelihood of being killed in a traffic accident at sixteen times that of the driver of an automobile.
In 1992, Maryland adopted Section 21-1306 of the Maryland Code, which requires both passengers and riders of motorcycles to wear protective headgear, or be subject to a fine up to $500. There has been a significant amount of debate as to the constitutionality of Maryland’s helmet requirement; however, statistics appear to support its effectiveness.
The number of fatal motorcycle accident crashes on Maryland’s roadways in 1992, the year the law was passed, was 54. Over the course of the next five years, the number of fatal motorcycle accident crashes was 43, 30, 27, 28, and 27. Based upon these figures, it could be argued that the motorcycle helmet law had a positive effect on the number of fatal motorcycle accidents occurring in Maryland.
If you, your family or friends have been involved an accident in which you sustained injuries at the hands of a negligent driver, you may need legal representation to protect your right to compensation. The qualified attorneys of Brassel, Alexander & Rice, LLC have extensive experience representing individuals who have been injured by the negligent driving of another. If you or someone you know has been injured in a car or motorcycle accident, contact the attorneys of Brassel, Alexander & Rice, LLC today.