Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog

Earlier this month in nearby Fairfax County, Virginia, a 25-year-old man was killed when he was involved in a two-motorcycle accident. According to one local news source, the accident occurred in the afternoon hours on southbound Route 123, near the intersection with Clifton Road.

lost-in-romes-streets-1191472-mEvidently, two motorcycles were approaching the intersection at a high rate of speed, one in each of the road’s two southbound lanes. As they both approached the intersection, a northbound truck was attempting to make a left-hand turn in front of the bikers. The motorcycle in the right lane was able to swerve around the front of the truck and avoid a collision. This motorcyclist continued on and has not been identified.

The other motorcyclist in the left lane was not so lucky. As he attempted to pass the truck, he struck the rear end of the vehicle and was thrown from his bike. He suffered life-threatening injures at the time of the accident and was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

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Earlier this month, a Maryland man was killed when he was struck by an oncoming car as he was attempting to make a left-hand turn. According to an article by the Baltimore Sun, the accident occurred shortly after five in the afternoon on Route 32, near the intersection with Livestock Rd.

streetviews-3-424406-mEvidently, the motorcyclist was traveling south when a Jeep pulled out in front of him, attempting to make a left-hand turn from Livestock Road onto Route 32. The two vehicles collided, and the driver of the motorcycle was pronounced dead on the scene by emergency responders. The driver of the Jeep was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Police are conducting an investigation into the fatal motorcycle accident. Thus far, they have indicated that it seems that the driver of the motorcycle was traveling at a high rate of speed immediately prior to the accident. Accident reconstruction data is not yet available to tell exactly how fast the motorcyclist may have been going.

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Earlier this month in Waldorf, Maryland, a fatal motorcycle accident claimed the lives of two Maryland residents as they were enjoying an afternoon ride. According to one local news report, the accident occurred on a Sunday afternoon on Route 301. The operator of the Harley Davidson was the bass player and manager of the well-known music group, the DC Junkyard band.

watching-the-cruisers-171726-mEvidently, the driver of the motorcycle was traveling at a fairly high rate of speed when he was unable to control the motorcycle and ended up crashing into the rear of a stopped pick-up truck. After the initial collision the motorcycle caught on fire. Both driver and passenger were thrown from the bike at the point of collision. The driver of the motorcycle was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency workers. His passenger, a 34-year-old woman from White Plains, Maryland, was taken to the hospital, where she succumbed to her injures a short time later.

Since the fatal accident, police have had a chance to conduct a preliminary investigation and have determined that speed was a contributing factor in the fatal accident. They also noted that the passenger was not wearing an approved helmet at the time of the accident, potentially exacerbating her injuries.

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Earlier this month near Frederick, Maryland, two people were taken to a Baltimore-area hospital after they were struck while riding a motorcycle. According to one local Frederick news report, the accident occurred on US 15, just outside the Frederick city limits around three in the afternoon.

open-colorado-road-1442365-mEvidently, the driver of a black SUV was traveling northbound on US 15 when it failed to see the motorcycle and collided with it, causing the accident. The two people on the motorcycle were immediately taken to R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore via helicopter, according to emergency responders. Their condition upon admittance was not known, but it is believed that they will make a full recovery.

There is no indication that drugs or alcohol were involved in the serious motorcycle accident, and police have not yet told reporters if they plan on charging the driver of the SUV with any traffic offense. However, given the nature of the accident, it would seem likely that the driver will at least be ticketed for failure to yield.

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Earlier this month in Baltimore County, one man was killed when he struck a disabled car on the side of the road on his motorcycle. According to one local news report, the accident occurred just after 9:30 in the evening on I-795 near McDonough Road.

motorcycle-side-view-2-369696-mEvidently, the motorcyclist was heading north on I-795 when he attempted to avoid a vehicle that had slowed down or come to a stop in his lane. Upon doing so, however, the motorcyclist lost control of the bike and struck a disabled car that had been left on the side of the highway. The motorcyclist was thrown from his bike and was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident by emergency responders.

Potential Liability in Single-Vehicle Motorcycle Accidents

In Maryland, many motorcycle accidents involve only the motorcyclist. These types of motorcycle accidents are termed single-vehicle accidents, and many Marylanders mistakenly believe that they cannot seek financial recovery in a single-vehicle accident. However, that is not always the case.

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Some members of the Delaware House of Representatives recently made a move to prevent a mandatory helmet bill for motorcyclists from moving to the full House of Representatives. A report from one local news source stated that the maneuver puts the plan to require all motorcycle riders to wear a helmet in “legislative purgatory,” and it will prevent the bill from becoming law until at least the next legislative session.

motorcycle-helmet-prop-369702-mWhat Is the Law and What Are the Benefits?

The proposed law would require all riders to wear a helmet. The current law requires motorcyclists to have a helmet in their possession but not to wear it. When actually worn, helmets make motorcycle riding safer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, helmets reduce the risk of death by 37% and reduce the risk of head injury by 69%. The proposed change would have made Delaware a state with a universal helmet law, much like the law in Maryland, where helmets became mandatory in 1992.

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Earlier this month, the Maryland State Senate heard testimony from a motorcycle safety instructor in favor of a new bill that would potentially make failing to yield a criminal offense in some circumstances. According to one local Maryland news source, the woman who testified told the story of a 50-year-old woman who was riding her 2006 Harley Davidson to Bike Week along Route 50.

yield-in-the-name-of-love-358917-mAt some point, a Toyota Solara heading in the opposite direction attempted to make a left turn in front of the motorcyclist, cutting her off. As a result, the motorcyclist had no time to react and slammed into the side of the Toyota. The 50-year-old motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, and the driver of the Solara was named as the at-fault driver.

Another motorcycle and a minivan were also involved in the collision. Currently, the driver of the Solara, who is the son of the Mayor of Pokomoke City, is not facing any criminal charges, although prosecutors may file charges shortly after the conclusion of the investigation.

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Earlier this month, a 72-year-old Maryland man was involved in a head-on collision with a motorcycle that resulted in the death of one man and another woman being admitted to the hospital in critical condition. According to a local news report, the accident occurred near Highway 76 in Clarksville, Tennessee.

biker-chick-162863-mAfter the accident, the two people on the motorcycle were airlifted to a nearby hospital. However, the driver of the motorcycle was unable to overcome the injuries he sustained in the accident. His wife, the passenger on the motorcycle, was still in the hospital in critical condition at the time of this post.

Some of the details of the accident have yet to be released, but what is known is that the Maryland man was booked into the county jail facing charges of reckless homicide. Police are conducting a thorough investigation into the cause of the accident.

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Back in August of last year, a 25-year-old man from the Cleveland area was killed when he was stuck while riding his motorcycle. According to one local news report, the man who struck the motorcyclist fled the scene after the accident and it was subsequently discovered that he was under the influence of alcohol. The driver who caused the fatal motorcycle accident was just sentenced last week to seven-and-one-half years’ imprisonment.

sportster-2-332798-mEvidently, as a part of the sentencing process, the victim’s family had an opportunity to speak out about their loss, how much the deceased meant to them, and how different their lives were now that he was gone. The judge allowed each family member to testify one by one before sentencing the driver.

The family has since told reporters that they are unsatisfied with the sentence, explaining that “it is not enough. Absolutely not. He should have gotten at least 13” years, which is the statutory maximum for the offense in Ohio.

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Earlier last year in June, a Maryland man was killed when he was struck by a van being driven by a Pennsylvania man. According to one local news source, the accident occurred very close to the Pennsylvania/Maryland border on Baltimore Pike near Garret Road.

victime-of-the-fire-2-1235846-mEvidently, the van was traveling south when it crossed over the median and struck the motorcyclist that was heading in the opposite direction. After the collision, the van burst into flames and caused a very serious accident scene that took emergency workers hours to clear.

The motorcyclist, a 64-year-old man from Westminster, Maryland, died from the injuries he sustained in the accident. The driver of the van sustained minor injuries. He also faces criminal charges for his involvement in the accident.

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