Injuries from motorcycle accidents tend to be more severe than those incurred from car accidents. Motorcycle accidents can result in debilitating injuries and even death. In Beltsville, Maryland, at approximately 11pm on Thursday, May 25, a Maryland Police Officer was taken to the hospital with second and third degree burns after a motorcycle crashed into a police cruiser. Police say the motorcycle was allegedly speeding down the 12900 block of Baltimore Avenue when it hit the cruiser. The police vehicle flipped over, landed on top of the motorcycle, and burst into flames. One of the motorcycle riders was critically injured, while the driver of the motorcycle died at the scene.
Statistically, most motorcycle accidents occur at night. The number of motorcycle-related deaths also tends to be higher at this time.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that in 2003:
-3661 motorcyclists died in road accidents
-67,000 were injured
-Approximately 50% of motorcycle-related deaths occurred because the motorcycle had crashed with another vehicle
-A little over 1/3 of the cyclists that died were speeding
Common Motorcycle Injuries:
Maryland Police Officer Hospitalized For Burns After Cruiser, Motorcyle Crash,NBC4.com, May 25, 2006
Crash Involving Police Cruiser Kills Man, ABC7News.com, May 26, 2006
Motorcycle Accident Statistics, Free Advice.com
Related Web Resources:
Tips In Preventing Motorcycle Injuries, Whybike.com