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Salisbury, MD Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Salisbury motorcycle collisions are a serious safety risk for the many riders in the region

Motorcycle accidents are a common occurrence in Salisbury and across Wicomico County as motorcycling is becoming more popular in the region. With so many bikes on the roads, the number of collisions is high, and motorcycle accidents are a major safety and economic issue for riders in the area.

Get information here on Salisbury motorcycle crashes and laws.

Salisbury motorcycle crashes have common causes and devastating outcomes

While helmets and anti-lock brakes make motorcycling safer, riding a motorcycle is riskier than driving a car. Maintaining control is more difficult on two wheels, and when collisions happen, motorcyclists are at greater risk of serious injury or death because they don't have an enclosed vehicle or safety belts for protection.

The statistics on motorcycle crashes and fatalities are sobering

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the federal government estimates that per mile traveled in 2012, the number of deaths on motorcycles was more than 26 times the number in cars. Motorcycle deaths accounted for 13% of all motor vehicle crash deaths in 2013.

Common causes of Salisbury motorcycle crashes include:

  • Vehicles turning left: Statistically, the most dangerous situation for a motorcyclist occurs when cars are making left-hand turns. These collisions account for 42% of all crashes between motorcycles and other vehicles.
  • Head-on collisions: The vast majority of motorcycle crashes with cars occur when they collide head-on. These head-on crashes result in a higher fatality rate than other types of crashes.
  • Lane Splitting: Lane splitting refers to when a motorcyclist drives between two lanes of cars, usually in heavy traffic when car movement is slowed or stopped.
  • Speeding and alcohol impairment: Statistically, approximately half of single-vehicle motorcycle crashes have speeding and alcohol use as factors.
  • Crashes between motorcycles and stationary objects: Motorcyclists crashing with fixed objects result in 25% of motorcyclist deaths.
  • Road hazards: Hazards such as potholes, icy conditions, uneven lanes, and debris in the road pose significant danger to motorcyclists.

Get information on motorcycle crashes from the Salisbury Police Department

The Salisbury Police Department may be able to provide information on accidents that occur in the city. Other nearby law enforcement includes the Delmar Police Department, the Fruitland Police Department, the Maryland State Police, the Salisbury University Police, and the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office.

The Maryland Department of Transportation provides information on traffic laws and licensing and insurance requirements.

When someone is injured in a Salisbury motorcycle crash, what needs to happen next?

In an injury accident, it is crucial to get appropriate medical treatment, regardless of the financial cost.

The major hospitals in the area include:

Peninsula Regional Medical Center;

Rowan Medical Center.

As soon as possible, an injured person should contact their insurance company to find out medical treatment is covered under their insurance policy.

Personal injury lawyers offer a no-cost claim evaluation to help you.

Since there is no cost to speak with a lawyer, it is a good idea to learn more about your potential personal injury claim. Accident Data Center can help you by connecting you with our network of experienced injury lawyers who can provide you with information about your rights and options. Learn more here about the value of a no-cost legal claim evaluation.

 

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Motorcycle Accident Reports and News from the Salisbury, MD Area