Increasing Motorcycle Fatalities in Maryland

The Governors’ Highway Safety Association’s most recent report indicates that nearly 5,000 people are killed in motorcycle accidents each year.  Even with Maryland’s strict helmet laws, motorcyclists are still dying at a higher rate than other motorists. When a motorcycle rider does survive a crash, their injuries can be life-changing.  Injuries such as fractures, loss of limbs, and traumatic brain injuries are common in motorcycle crashes. Frequently the motorcycle rider is left with large medical bills and lost time from work.

Reliable statistics show that most of the collisions involving motorcycles are the fault of the other driver and not the rider. Car and truck drivers usually pull out in front of the motorcycle or turn in front of them taking the motorcycle rider’s right-of-way. This is true in daylight and at night. The issue becomes one of conspicuity. Although the motorcycle is there plain as day to be seen, the other driver just does not see them. Many drivers are not looking for motorcycles and miss them when they expect to see only a large car or truck.

Riders need to take as many precautions as possible. Bright colored clothing should be worn and reflective yellow traffic vests can improve the visibility of the motorcycle. Always use your headlight. Loud exhaust pipes can help because if the driver hears the motorcycle, then they will look for one. There is safety in numbers. Riders who travel together make it much easier for drivers to see the bikers. These suggestions make it easier to be seen. There are other safety considerations. Always wear a helmet. Head injuries can be fatal, but even just a mild blow to the head can cause a traumatic brain injury. Road rash is painful and can cause disfigurement. It is important to wear protective clothing and gear to prevent scarring.

If you or a loved one becomes a victim of another driver’s inattentiveness, it is important to get legal advice. At the Yost Legal Group we always provide free initial consultations to injured riders. Call us today at 1-800-YOST-LAW (1-800-403-7259) or find us on the web at There is no fee or expense unless you recover. We have recovered millions for injured riders.












May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

At The Yost Legal Group, Baltimore, Maryland Accident and Personal Injury law firm, we advocate for the rights of injured motorcycle riders. Attorney Tom Yost himself is a huge motorcycle enthusiast.

We take rider safety extremely seriously, which is why it is so important to the attorneys at The Yost Legal Group to stress the importance of wearing a motorcycle helmet as bikers return to Maryland’s roads and highways this summer.

The most important thing a biker can do to protect themselves is to wear their helmet. Here are some statistics that illustrate the life-saving power of modern motorcycle helmets:

  • Maryland is one of 19 states in the U.S that enforce mandatory helmet laws for all riders, regardless of their age.
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that the lives of 34 Maryland riders were saved by a motorcycle helmet in 2012 alone.
  • Studies have shown that riders that wear a helmet are 29% less likely to be killed in an accident and 3x less likely to suffer a traumatic brain injury than riders who do not wear helmets.

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and The Yost Legal Group is doing our part to bring attention to this important campaign by sharing some important facts and information about motorcycle helmets.

To highlight the importance of wearing a helmet, we took a look at how the motorcycle helmet has evolved and improved over time. Learn more about the evolution of the motorcycle helmet, and make sure you choose a helmet that is right for you before you get back on your bike this summer!

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Be sure to share this link with your friends, family and fellow riders on social media!

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident that was not your fault, you need an experienced Baltimore, Maryland Personal Injury and Accident attorney by your side. At The Yost Legal Group, we have years of experience representing the rights of riders and will work hard to secure the maximum compensation for your serious injuries.

Call The Yost Legal Group today at 1-800-YOST-LAW (967-8529) to receive a FREE, confidential and no-obligation consultation. When you trust The Yost Legal Group to represent you, you will never pay an attorney’s fee unless we achieve a recovery for you.

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