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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 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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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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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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Earlier last month, a Maryland jury convicted a man for DUI manslaughter stemming from the death of a 21-year-old motorcyclist. According to one local news report, the accident occurred back in 2012 near the intersection of MD 77 and Pleasant Valley Road.

e-247384-mEvidently, the accident occurred when the driver made a left turn in front of the motorcyclist without using his signal. As a result, the motorcyclist slammed into the side of the driver’s vehicle. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene by responding emergency workers.

Upon investigating the blood-alcohol content of the driver, police discovered that the driver’s BAC was .15, almost twice the legal limit. At last month’s trial, the man was found guilty of operating a vehicle while “per se” intoxicated. This conviction carries with it a possible five years in prison as a punishment. Sentencing will be held after the court prepares a pre-sentence report.

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Earlier this year near Houston, Texas, two deputies were involved in a serious motorcycle accident that claimed one of their lives and left the other one seriously injured. According to a report by one local news source, the accident occurred around three in the morning on a highway in the Houston metro area. Both deputies were off duty at the time of the accident.

enduro-bike-exhaust-pipes-2-1187569-mEvidently, police are still trying to piece together what happened in the fatal accident. However, so far they have determined that speed likely was a factor. A preliminary investigation revealed that the motorcycle went airborne shortly before the fatal crash. As the bike came back down to the ground, the driver lost control and crashed. It also seems that the driver of the motorcycle tried to come to a stop well before crashing.

The driver of the motorcycle suffered a broken arm and leg in the accident. However, his passenger, a 21-year-old female deputy, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Thus far in the investigation, it is not clear who was at fault for the accident, and no citations have been issued.

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Earlier this week in Reno, Nevada, one man was killed and another seriously injured after the two were involved in a head-on collision. According to a report by one local news source, the accident occurred around 4:20 in the afternoon and resulted in several lanes of traffic being closed for hours.

rider-1029567-mEvidently, the motorcyclists were heading in opposite directions when one of them crossed the center median, entering the path of the other. The two motorcycles collided, sending both riders flying off their bikes. Both riders were rushed to the hospital.

One of the riders was admitted with non-life-threatening injuries. The other died of the injuries he sustained in the accident. Police are still investigating the accident and will release a report shortly with their conclusions.

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Earlier this month in Bayonne, New Jersey, a 43-year-old man was found dead by police near his motorcycle, which had sustained heavy damage. According to one local news report, the motorcyclist was found by police around 11:35 on a Friday night, about 45 feet away from his motorcycle.

motorcycle-at-dusk-335471-mEvidently, the driver of the min-van that had hit the motorcyclist fled the scene of the accident. However, the next day he showed up at the police station and told police that his minivan had been stolen in hopes that they would not consider him a suspect.

However, police conducted an investigation that eventually led back to the minivan’s owner and called him back in for another interview, at which point he admitted to making up the story about his van being stolen. As a result, he was arrested and charged with several crimes, including knowingly leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident resulting in death, hindering an apprehension, and tampering with physical evidence. He is also charged with filing a false police report.

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