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Officials hope Maryland motorcyclists get schooled on safety

In the hopes of reducing the amount of motorcycle accidents in the state, the Maryland Highway Safety Office is promoting a motorcycle safety course that aims to inform motorcyclists of useful strategies to avoid accidents.

Among the lessons that the program hopes to spread is advice such as taking time at intersections to ensure your own safety. Since driver negligence on the part of other drivers can often lead to people being unaware of motorcyclists who are sharing the road with them, it is also important for motorcyclists to maintain safe distances from other vehicles and to remain watchful of their surroundings at all times.

With luck, the program will help cut down the average 1,900 motorcycle crashes that occur every year in Maryland. Most of those crashes will involve an fatality or some kind of injury -- 80 percent of them, in fact. Yet even with updated training program such as this, motorcycle riders will likely continue to be injured in accidents. Unfortunately, many of these accidents will be the result of the actions of other drivers.

When it is the case that motorcyclists get into accidents with other moving vehicles, it's a well known fact that the motorcyclist is in greater danger of serious injury. As a result of being thrown off their vehicle, motorcyclists can suffer injuries to their back, neck or head. The extensive medical costs as well as the personal pain and suffering endured often leads to motorcyclists pursuing legal options when these types of accidents occur.

Source: The Herald-Mail, "Maryland Highway Safety Office rolls out Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Program," Dan Dearth, May 2, 2012

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