Where there’s one there is usually another, or so the saying goes. As more than one motorcycle rider has commented, seeing one deer or other large animal by the side of the road means at least another may be close by. This kind of thinking has saved many a biker from a serious motorcycle crash due to wildlife in the roadway. Of course, safety should always be the primary concern of any rider who takes his riding seriously.
Even so, traffic accidents like car-bike crashes can and do happen. For owners of Yamahas, Ducatis, Harley-Davidsons and Buells, avoiding a traffic accident is a full-time job when operating a motorcycle on public roads. Heavy traffic and rush hour congestion only increases the risk to bikers of every kind.
Not too long ago, a couple unrelated traffic accidents sent two riders to the hospital on the same day. Based on news reports at the time, one of the motorcyclists was involved in a single-vehicle crash in Pasadena, while the other hit a large sport utility vehicle in Glen Burnie.
According to police reports, emergency responders were called to the scene of the first accident at Mountain and Hickory Point roads in Pasadena just before 2pm on a Sunday afternoon. The police call indicated that a 72-year-old rider had hit a pothole and apparently lost control of his bike. Paramedics arriving at the accident scene treated the man and then transported him to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. Based on news reports, the motorcycle rider had serious but not life-threatening injuries.
Later that evening, emergency personnel were alerted to a two-vehicle traffic accident in Glen Burnie around 8:40pm. The bike-SUV crash happened at Point Pleasant Road and Bell Avenue in Marley. The collision involved a Chevrolet Suburban and a Harley-Davidson, according to police reports.
The 48-year-old Harley rider was treated at the scene by Paramedics and then transported to the shock trauma center with serious injuries, according to a Glenn Burnie County Fire Department spokesperson.
Motorcycle crashes send 2 to hospital, HometownGlenBurnie.com, April 7, 2010