Motorcycle accidents are an unfortunate reality in Maryland and the surrounding area. With the many busy highways and winding country roads across the state, it is inevitable that motorcycles – like other vehicles on the road – will be involved in serious accidents. Sadly, these motorcycle accidents often result in the death of those aboard the motorcycle, both drivers and passengers. Too often, these accidents are preventable.
Drivers of cars and trucks are responsible for the majority of motorcycle accidents. Whether it is failing to notice a motorcycle traveling next to them or misjudging the speed at which an oncoming motorcycle is approaching, a lapse in judgment or a momentary distraction can result in a driver causing a fatal motorcycle accident. When this occurs, the surviving loved ones in the wake of the accident are left grieving.
In Maryland, those who have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident may choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the parties they believe are responsible for the death of their loved one. These lawsuits must be brought by a proper party – usually a spouse, parent, or child. However, in some cases, courts will allow other relatives through blood or marriage to proceed with a wrongful death lawsuit. Once the court determines that the proper party is bringing the lawsuit, it must be established that the named defendant was responsible for the accident that caused the death of their loved one. A skilled personal injury attorney can assist family members with this task.