Maryland State Police Reminding Motorcycle Riders To Take Safety Precautions Following Recent Fatal Crashes

August 15, 2019

Recent motorcycle crashes are prompting Maryland State Police to issue a reminder for both motorcyclists and other drivers to take precautions, especially during the remaining warm weather months.

Since July 28, troopers have responded to six fatal crashes across the state that have involved motorcycle riders. The crashes represent reminders to take extra precautions while driving.

Consider the following:

  • On Aug. 12, a 44-year-old Harford County man died after losing control of his motorcycle and crashing into a light pole in the area of northbound Bel Air Road north of Rock Spring Road.
  • On Aug. 10, a Baltimore County man died after crashing his motorcycle in Rosedale, Md. Investigators believe that he was traveling the ramp from Golden Ring Road to the inner loop of I-695 and failed to yield the right of way to oncoming traffic, striking a vehicle on its passenger side and overturning.  The motorcycle then slid to the right side of the roadway and the motorcyclist was ejected. A car traveling in the lane where the motorcyclist was ejected then struck him.
  • On Aug. 5, a 26-year-old Prince George’s County man died after the motorcycle he was driving crashed into a car on Central Avenue at Watkins Park Drive in Largo, Md. The preliminary investigation indicates the driver of the car was attempting to make a left from westbound Central Avenue.  The motorcycle was traveling eastbound on Central Avenue when the crash occurred. Charges against the driver of the car are pending the outcome of the investigation.
  • On Aug. 4, a 34-year-old Baltimore County man died after crashing his motorcycle in the area of I-695 and Maryland Route 2 in Glen Burnie, Md.
  • On Aug. 4, a motorcyclist died when he lost control of his motorcycle, traveled across a grass median and struck two other motorcycles as he drove from on the ramp from Harry S Truman Drive to westbound Central Avenue in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
  • On July 28, a 61-year-old Baltimore County man died after crashing his motorcycle on the inner loop of I-695 between North Point and Merritt boulevards.

In Maryland, an average of 70 traffic fatalities and 1,400 injuries associated with motorcycles are reported each year, with 82 such fatalities in 2017 alone, according to the Maryland Department of Transportation Highway Safety Office. Common factors associated in motorcycle crashes include alcohol impairment, lack of helmet use and aggressive driving.

Here are some basic tips for motorcycle riders:

  • Get trained and properly licensed: A motorcycle license is required to ride on the roads in Maryland. There are also basic rider training courses riders can take in Maryland prior to testing for the license.
  • Stay sober: Nearly 1/3 of fatalities in motorcycle crashes in 2014 were alcohol-impaired.
  • Obey speed limits: In 2015, speeding was a factor in more than 30 percent of motorcycle crashes.
  • Wear proper protective clothing, especially a helmet: Wearing a helmet is the law in Maryland. Violators could be fined up to $500.
  • Allow for proper space for emergency breaking on the road
  • Don’t drive aggressively

Here are some basic tips for general motorists:

  • Be alert for motorcyclists.
  • Motorcyclists have the same rights and privileges on the road as any other driver
  • Yield the right-of-way to an oncoming motorcycle when turning left
  • Give motorcycle riders plenty of space
  • Use care when driving near a group of motorcyclists.

For more information about motorcycle safety in Maryland, click here.

7 Responses to Maryland State Police Reminding Motorcycle Riders To Take Safety Precautions Following Recent Fatal Crashes

  1. Shawn on August 15, 2019 at 8:13 am

    And how much do you want to bet they’re all sport bikes? Time to ban them

  2. Wiggy on August 15, 2019 at 9:05 am

    “Obey speed limits: In 2015, speeding was a factor in more than 30 percent of motorcycle crashes.”

    It’s unclear if this stat is regarding the motorcycle speed or the speed of the other vehicle (if it was an accident involving multiple vehicles and not an inanimate object). Based upon what I’ve seen it’s most likely the motorcyclist. Crotch rocket driver need to slow down and respect ALL drivers on the road.

  3. Anonymous on August 15, 2019 at 9:19 am

    Unfortunately the thugs that ride these street bikes and drive like maniacs will not be reading this article.

    • Charles on August 15, 2019 at 12:27 pm

      They won’t read it because they’re wrapped around a guard rail

    • hey Dude on August 15, 2019 at 12:52 pm

      That’s cool. The world needs organ donors

  4. Oldschool75 on August 15, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    Unfortunately the thugs that ride these street bikes and drive like maniacs will not be reading this article.

    Just so you know everyone who rides street bikes aren’t thugs. The article never says what kind of motorcycles they are. You just assume they are street bikes because they are fast as ever. But I’ve seen both men and women ride big really fast also. And also men and woman who ride big bikes probably won’t read this article just like a lot of drivers of cars. I saw a guy last week crash his bike and he was riding sensibly and a driver just cut him off because they were on their cell. And they kept going and yes I did report them. Don’t be so quick to judge everything you read in the news.And if you reply with something nasty I wont waste my time in replying back. Just know that have a open mind sometimes.

  5. Anonymous on August 16, 2019 at 8:16 am

    3 out of 10 bikers I see on the local roads drive with any consideration for others or themselves. The other 7 drive like idiots!

    Every time I see a “Watch out for motorcycles” story or ad, I just think of those other 7 and say “Yeah… RIGHT!”

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