Motorcyclists can face quite a few dangers out on the roads. Sadly, motorcyclist injuries are far from an unheard of thing here in Maryland. It is estimated that motorcycle accidents leave around 1,500 people injured in the state a year. Injuries suffered in such crashes can cause a person’s life to be forever altered.
Given the capacity for motorcycle accidents to result in great harm, the last thing motorcyclists need is for the dangers they are facing out on the roads to increase. However, this is exactly what some actions by drivers of other vehicles can result in. There is a wide range of driver conduct that can endanger motorcyclists. One of these is distracted driving.
Unfortunately, it appears such behavior is fairly common here in Maryland. It is estimated that distracted driving is behind around 60 percent of the state’s traffic accidents and injures around 28,000 a year in the state. Given this, a fair number of Maryland motorcycle accidents and motorcyclist injuries could have a distracted driver behind them.
So, keeping motorcyclists safe is among the many reasons for drivers to stay away from distractions when out driving.
When a motorcyclist is injured in a collision with another vehicle, it is important to find out whether the driver of the other vehicle was distracted when the accident happened. Whether a motorcycle accident involved a distracted driver can impact the compensation options for victims. Skilled motorcycle accident attorneys know what kinds of things can be red flags that an accident involved negligent driver behavior, like distracted driving, and can help motorcycle crash victims with determining if any such red flags are present.
Source: Your4State, “Distracted driving is having a dangerous effect on motorcyclists' safety,” Carolyn Blackburne, Sept. 27, 2016