August 21, 2014

Another Maryland Motorcyclist Dead After Fatal Left-Turn Accident

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

In the latest of a string of fatal motorcycle accidents that have plagued Maryland, one man is dead after he ran into a car that was making a left turn in front of him. According to a report by one local news source, the accident occurred on Route 29 in Nelson County last Saturday morning.

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Evidently, a man on a Harley Davidson was heading north on Route 29 when a southbound driver attempted to make a left-hand turn in front of the biker. Unfortunately, the driver was mistaken in his judgment, and the motorcyclist had no time to react and hit the side of the car.

The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident by emergency responders. The driver of the car was not injured in the accident at all. However, he was charged with reckless driving for his role in causing the fatal motorcycle accident.

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August 14, 2014

20-Year-Old DC Man Killed in Motorcycle Accident

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

Earlier this week, a tragic motorcycle accident took the life of a young man from Southeastern DC. According to a report by ABC 7, the accident occurred last Thursday in the late morning near the intersection of Good Hope Road and 16th Street SE.
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Evidently, the motorcyclist was heading east on Good Hope Road when an SUV traveling west on the same road attempted to make a left turn in front of the biker. However, the SUV apparently cut off the biker, leaving him with little choice but to run into the side of the SUV.

The young motorcyclist was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Unfortunately, he did not survive and was pronounced dead shortly after he was admitted. Good Hope Road was closed for several hours while investigators tried to piece together the accident and determine who may have been at fault.

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July 24, 2014

Off-Duty Police Officer Killed in Motorcycle Accident

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

Earlier this week in Chicago, a man was issued a citation for his involvement in the death of an off-duty police officer who was killed in a motorcycle accident. According to a report by the Chicago Tribune, the officer was riding on the highway when the driver of a Pontiac attempted to make an abrupt lane change to avoid missing an approaching exit.

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As the driver shifted into the off-duty officer’s lane, he left the officer with no way to avoid a collision. The Pontiac crashed into the officer’s motorcycle, sending the officer off the bike and severely injuring him. The officer was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

The driver of the Pontiac, who remained on the scene after the accident, was issued a citation for improper lane usage as well as for having no valid insurance.

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July 17, 2014

Police Make Arrest in Fatal Motorcycle Crash Near Maryland-Pennsylvania Border

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

Earlier this year near the Maryland-Pennsylvania border, a motorcyclist was killed when another vehicle crossed the center line on a highway and crashed into him. According to a recent report, police have apprehended the driver of the vehicle and charged him with homicide by vehicle, causing an accident involving death while not properly licensed, driving while operating privileges are suspended, driving without a valid license, reckless driving, careless driving causing death, and failure to drive on the right side of the road.

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mini-van that was heading south crossed over into northbound traffic. As the van entered the lanes of opposing traffic, the driver collide with the motorcyclist, fatally injuring him.

As it turns out, the driver of the van was from Mexico, and was not legally in the country. The judge denied the man bail and he currently awaits his trial date.

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July 10, 2014

Two Maryland Motorcyclists Lose Their Lives in Recent Motorcycle Crashes

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

motorcycle-304907-m.jpgOver the holiday weekend last week, two motorcyclists were killed in two different motorcycle accidents across Maryland. According to a report by WUSA 9, the first accident took place in Silver Spring, at the intersection of University Avenue and Dennis Avenue. Evidently, the motorcyclist was thrown from his bike when he hit a curb. The biker died from the injuries he sustained in the accident.

The second accident occurred in Burtonsville, and it involved an SUV as well as a motorcycle. Apparently, the SUV was making a left turn and collided with the motorcycle. The rider was thrown from the bike and suffered only minor injuries. However, his passenger suffered much more serious injuries and was pronounced dead later that day. The driver of the SUV suffered only minor injuries.

Determining Fault is Not As Easy As it May Seem

In Maryland motorcycle accidents, the fault determination is critical not just to decide who is issued a traffic citation for the accident, but also for the purposes of upcoming civil litigation. Indeed, the victim of the accident will likely be able to recover for their injuries from the person or people who are determined to be at fault. Thus, who is the “victim” in a motorcycle accident is of critical importance.

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June 16, 2014

Motorcycle Accident in Prince George’s County Kills One

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

Last month in Prince George’s County, one man was killed when the motorcycle he was riding crashed into another car after he ran a red light. According to a report by ABC 7, the motorcyclist was fleeing from the police when he ran a red light and T-boned a Hyundai that was going through a green light and making a left turn in the intersection. The accident occurred on Route 214.

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The motorcyclist flew off the bike and onto the pavement, sustaining several trauma-related injuries. He was then taken to the hospital, where he died shortly afterward. The driver of the Hyundai was not injured in the accident, but he was found to be driving while intoxicated. Police arrested the man, although he was not at fault for the collision.

The motorcycle death marked the eighth over Memorial Day weekend, a period of unusually high motorcycle activity. Despite the fact that there are many motorcycles on the road, eight motorcyclist deaths over a single weekend is still a surprisingly high number.

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June 2, 2014

Prince George’s County Sees Four Fatal Motorcycle Accidents in Just Four Days

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

It’s getting to be mid-spring, and the weather is getting nicer with each passing week. With the increase in temperatures comes an increase in the number of people getting out on the road and opening up the throttle on the motorcycle that has been in storage for the past eight months. However, tragically, with this increase in motorcycle traffic comes a corresponding increase in motorcycle accidents.

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According to a report by 4 NBC Washington, last week in Prince George’s County there were four fatal motorcycle accidents claiming the lives of four riders. One of the victims was riding when a SUV made a U-turn in the middle of the road without yielding to the rider. With no other option, the rider collided with the SUV. Although he was promptly taken to the hospital, doctors were unable to save the man’s life, and he died shortly after being admitted.

There were three other fatal motorcycle accidents in Prince George’s County over Memorial Day weekend. One was caused by another failure-to-yield situation, one by a speeding car fleeing the police, and the other by rider error.

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May 26, 2014

Motorcyclist Killed in Charles County Accident

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

Earlier this week in Charles County, a fatal motorcycle accident claimed the life of one man when he struck the rear side panel of a car that was turning left in front of him. According to a report by Southern Maryland News Net, the accident occurred on Brandywine Road and Carriage Crossing Lane shortly before 8:30 in the evening on May 16th.

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Evidently, a Mercedes was heading south on Brandywine Road and was attempting to make a left turn when it was struck in the side rear panel by a Honda motorcycle heading north on Brandywine Road. A third vehicle, a PT Cruiser, also became involved when it ran into some debris caused by the accident.

Emergency crews responded immediately, but the driver of the motorcycle was pronounced dead at the scene. The other two drivers were not transported to the hospital and did not suffer any serious injuries.

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May 12, 2014

Maryland Man May Have Caused Fatal Motorcycle Accident in Pennsylvania

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

Earlier this week in Washington Township, Pennsylvania, a man was killed when a truck turned left in front of the motorcycle he was operating. According to a report by Your4State.com, a 2008 Chevy Silverado truck turned in front of a motorcyclist traveling on Buchanan Trail East.

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Evidently, the truck was turning into a restaurant parking lot when the motorcycle ran into the side of the truck. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. Police have not yet determined who was legally at fault for the accident, and an investigation is ongoing.

Left-Turn Motorcycle Accidents

One of the most common types of motorcycle accidents is a left-turn accident. Specifically, a left-turn accident occurs when a motorcyclist is traveling straight ahead and a car turns (usually left) in front of the motorcyclist. Most often, motorcyclists do not have the time or the braking capacity to come to a compete stop before slamming into the side of the car.

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May 5, 2014

Fatal Motorcycle Accident on I-95 Claims One Young Man’s Life

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

Earlier last month, a man was killed when he lost control of his motorcycle after bumping into a Volkswagen. According to a report by WTOP, the motorcyclist was heading south on I-95 in Prince George’s County when the accident occurred. Evidently, the motorcyclist was traveling at a high rate of speed when he bumped into the Volkswagen and then lost control. Once he lost control, he fell off the bike and landed in the middle of the highway, where he was then struck by a passing tractor-trailer.

road-king-1-337863-m.jpgPolice do not yet have any firm answers on what caused the accident, however, an in-depth investigation was conducted and a result is expected soon.

Motorcycle Accidents in Maryland: Not Always Cut and Dry

Reading the article mentioned above, it may seem easy to come to the conclusion that the motorcyclist was at fault for the accident because he was traveling at a “high rate of speed.” However, to assign blame so easily is to oversimplify the matter.

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April 16, 2014

Another Motorcyclist Killed By Driver Who Failed to Yield the Right of Way

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

In an accident earlier this week out of Missouri, a 41-year-old man was killed when an elderly driver proceeded to make a left turn on a steady green light, cutting off a motorcyclist. According to a report by the t. Louis Post Dispatch, the accident occurred in the afternoon hours when the elderly man, driving a Mercury Sable, cut the motorcyclist off.

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As the driver made the left turn in front of the motorcyclist, he struck the bike with the front of the car, sending the man flying off his motorcycle. The man, who was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, was found dead by emergency personnel when they arrived a few moments later.

Elderly Drivers Cause More Accidents

This is not meant to be disrespectful to our older population, but the statistics speak for themselves: elderly drivers tend to cause more accidents than the younger population. This is due to a number of reasons, including:

  • Slower reaction times;
  • Failing vision;
  • More likely to get confused while driving;
  • Decrease ability to physically maneuver the car and respond quickly to events;
  • Reactions to various medications;
  • Difficulty hearing traffic noise; and
  • Other medical conditions that may affect their driving.

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April 2, 2014

Man Charged with Murder After Fatal Motorcycle Accident

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

Earlier this week in California, a man was arrested for murder for his involvement in the motorcycle accident death of another 23-year-old man. According to a report by CBS, the victim was in the armed services and had just returned from a tour in Afghanistan.

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Apparently, the motorcyclist was hit by the driver, who was driving a Mini Cooper, shortly after 1 a.m. After colliding with the motorcyclist the driver did not stop and check to see if the motorcyclist needed help. Instead he fled the scene of the accident.

It was not until later that evening, after a Taco Bell employee called police reporting a belligerent customer, that police caught up with the driver of the Mini Cooper. When police attempted to pull the driver over, he led them on a short chase, before he allegedly crashed into a telephone pole as a fence. He then led officers on a foot chase, which resulted in his eventual capture.

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March 26, 2014

Motorcyclist Killed at Intersection When Driver Turns without Protected Arrow

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

Earlier this week in a tragic accident out or California, a motorcyclist lost his life when a pickup truck attempted to cross an intersection without a protected green arrow. According to a report by the local ABC affiliate, the motorcyclist was heading west as he was nearing the intersection. As he approached, the light turned green for both the motorcyclist as well as opposing traffic. A pickup truck traveling eastbound on the same road proceeded into the intersection and cut off the motorcyclist, leaving the motorcyclist little option but to run into the side of the truck.

A police officer explained the situation as follows:


This intersection is not controlled by a turn arrow, meaning that when the light turns green the person in the turn lane has to yield the right of way to oncoming traffic . . . when the light turned green, the driver of the Ford F-150 proceeded to go.

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The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. A nearby business owner told reporters that the intersection is known to be dangerous. Indeed, the business owner explained that in the past three months he has personally witnessed six accidents. After this most recent accident, the business owner began to collect signatures on a petition for the city to change the way the light operates, potentially adding a protected area or a delayed green light.

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March 19, 2014

Minneapolis Motorcyclist Killed When He Strikes a Pothole

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

Earlier this week, in a tragic accident in Minneapolis, a motorcyclist died when his motorcycle hit a pothole and sent him flying from his bike. According to a report by a local CBS affiliate, the accident occurred on I-394 just before 10 p.m. Apparently, at the time of the accident, the motorcyclist was traveling at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour at the time of the accident.

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The size of the pothole, or “crack” as some are calling it, is in dispute. Police claim that, no matter what the size of the crack or pothole was, given the speed at which the driver was traveling, a disaster was almost certain.

The report points out that this time of year, roads are even more hazardous to drivers than normal. This can be due to a number of reasons including the freeze-thaw cycle, excess rain water that can make roads especially slippery and also wash gravel and other debris onto Maryland highways.

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February 25, 2014

Pennsylvania Man Pleads Guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter and Reckless Driving After Killing Motorcyclist

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

Earlier this month, a Pennsylvania man entered a guilty plea to involuntary manslaughter and reckless driving charges stemming from a 2012 accident that left a motorcyclist dead. According to a report by the Observer Reporter, the accident occurred in April of 2012 when the man was on his way to work early in the morning. As he attempted to pass a slow-moving garbage truck in a no-passing zone, he collided with the motorcyclist head on.

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The victim, a firefighter, was unable to be saved by fellow firefighters and emergency crews. At sentencing, the judge told the man “You, of course, forever changed the lives of [the victim] and his family, and also for you and your family…You have a brief snapshot of the life that was lost due to your negligence.”

Negligent Driving Can Result in Criminal and Civil Liability

In the story above, the focus is on the criminal sanctions that the driver of the truck faced when charged and convicted of the motorcyclist's death. However, this is only half of the picture. The victim’s family may also have a claim against the truck’s driver for the wrongful death of their loved one.

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February 18, 2014

Police Officer on Motorcycle Killed in Head-On Collision

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

Last month in Colorado, a sergeant in the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office was killed when he was involved in a head-on collision with an SUV. According to a report by the local CBS affiliate in Denver, the accident occurred shortly after 10 a.m. when an SUV was attempting to pass another motorist. As the SUV crossed the double-yellow line, he collided with the sheriff’s officer.

paved-wooded-road-perspective-1341369-m.jpgThe officer was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident; however, he sustained fatal injuries nonetheless. The driver of the SUV was wearing a seatbelt and sustained only minor injuries.

Police believe that the accident could have been prevented if more careful driving techniques had been used by the driver of the SUV. However, police do not believe that drugs or alcohol were involved in the accident. Criminal charges are pending against the driver of the SUV.

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February 11, 2014

Two Killed in Tragic Florida Motorcycle Accident

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

In another tragic motorcycle accident in Florida, last week two people were killed when a pickup truck crossed a highway in front of a motorcyclist. According to a report by NWF Daily News, the motorcyclist was heading north on a state road around 3:30 p.m. when the truck attempted to cross the road, cutting the motorcyclist off.

motorcicles-791104-m.jpgThe motorcyclist, who was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, was unable to avoid colliding with the truck and ran into the left side of the truck. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The passenger of the truck, a 77-year-old woman, was taken to the hospital with serious injuries and was later pronounced dead. The driver of the truck sustained minor injuries. Both the driver and the passenger were wearing their seat belts.

Police are currently investigating the cause of the accident, however, they do not believe that drugs or alcohol played a role.

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February 4, 2014

Motorcyclist Killed When Driver Makes Improper Left Turn

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

Earlier last week in Tampa Bay, Florida, a 20-year-old motorcyclist was killed when he was cut off by a van making an improper left turn. According to a report by the Tampa Bay Times, the motorcyclist was heading west on a surface street shortly after 7 a.m. As he approached an intersection, the driver of a Mazda who was heading east on the same road and waiting to make a left turn. The driver waited for a van to pass and then continued into the intersection, making the left turn in front of the motorcyclist. The Mazda ended up cutting off the motorcyclist, who hit the side of the car and flew off his bike. Although the rider was wearing a helmet, he was pronounced dead at the scene by medical personnel.

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Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine the cause of the accident and if drugs or alcohol was involved.

The Most Common Causes of Maryland Motorcycle Accidents

There is a common misconception that motorcycle accidents are caused by motorcyclists' aggressive driving. However, the driving patterns of motorcycle riders have less to do with the high number of Maryland Motorcycle accidents than most think. In reality, the biggest cause of motorcycle accidents is failure to see a motorcyclist.

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January 27, 2014

Colorado Man Dead After Van Failed to Yield

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

Earlier this week in Colorado Springs, Colorado, a man on a motorcycle was killed when another driver cut him off by driving through a yellow light without first yielding. According to a report by the local Fox affiliate, the motorcyclist was heading north and a van was heading south on the same road. As the two approached an intersection, the light turned yellow. The van attempted to turn left in front of the motorcyclist, cutting him off. Although the motorcyclist tried to stop in time, he was unable to do so and crashed into the rear of the van.

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The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the van was uninjured and was cited for Vehicles Turning Left and Careless Driving resulting in Death.

Failing to Yield the Right of Way

This accident was caused by the van failing to yield the right of way to the motorcyclist. In the situation above, the motorcyclist was traveling through the intersection and the van was making a left turn. As the vehicle making a left turn in front of a vehicle traveling straight ahead, the van needed to yield to the motorcyclist to see what he was going to do before acting himself.

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January 13, 2014

Motorcycle Accident in Florida Results in Another Motorcycle Fatality

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

In a tragic accident last week in Florida, a 64-year-old motorcyclist was killed when he was rear ended by a driver who didn’t notice that he was slowing down. According to a report by the Palm Beach Post, the accident occurred shortly after sunset in Martin County, Florida.

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Negligent Driving Kills Motorcyclists

When motorists don’t pay attention on Maryland highways, accidents happen. These accidents have an increased potential to be fatal when the other driver is riding a motorcycle. However, due to the hustle-and-bustle nature of society today, drivers are constantly “multi-tasking” while driving. This can amount to negligent driving.

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