Increase in Motorcycle Deaths in Maryland and Washington, D.C.
Posted on behalf of Goldberg Finnegan, LLC on Aug 25, 2009 in Uncategorized
In today's Washington Post there is an interesting article about the high number of motorcycle fatalities in Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia.
In one day in August there were 3 motorcycle deaths in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area: Chris Ford (Northern Virginia), Marc Grant (Calvert County, MD), and Tony Trilli (Charles County, MD). In the last year highway deaths fell in all categories except motorcycle deaths.
Peter Horst of the American Motorcycle Association said "Were extremely concerned about the increasing number of crashes and fatalities."
The Washington Post reports that 38 motorcyclists died on the Suburban Washington, D.C. roads in the last year. Authorities indicate that motorcyclist deaths occur because of inexperience, alcohol, inattention to the roadway and miscalculation.
Apparently 3 out of four motorcycle deaths occur when the adverse vehicle makes a left turn in front of the cyclist. About half of motorcycle fatalities do not involve another vehicle. The Washington Post indicates that Jason Wright died when he lost control of his bike on Springwoods Drive in Lake Ridge, struck a concrete median and was thrown from the bike.
Jerald Goldsmith died when is Kawasaki Ninja crashed into a wall of a parking garage in Washington, D.C. Steve Stone's motorcycle hit a curb in Woodbridge, VA and he slid into a tree and was killed. Motorcycle accidents are indeed tragic.
Fortunately the rules of the road apply not just to motorcycles, but also to other vehicles on the roadway as well. When motorcyclists in Maryland are injured or killed as a result of the negligence of the other driver, they have legal rights and should seek legal representation from a Silver Spring motorcycle accident attorney.