October 22, 2014

Maryland Motorcyclist Dead After Possible Aggressive-Driving Accident

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

In a bout of what may turn out to be aggressive driving, one motorcyclist is dead after she ran into a car on Interstate 97. According to one local news report, the motorcyclist was traveling south on I-97 around 5:30 in the evening when the fatal accident occurred.

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Evidently, the motorcyclist was in a group of other motorcyclists and was traveling at a high rate of speed. As she approached a Chevrolet Cavalier from the rear, she moved over to pass the car on the left. In anticipation of the motorcycle rapidly approaching from the rear, the driver of the car moved over to the left. It is unclear whether the driver of the Cavalier was getting over to block her passing or to make room for her.

Regardless, the motorcyclist ran into the rear of the Cavalier and flew off her bike. She ended up off the left side of the road and crashed into a guardrail before coming to a complete stop. The motorcyclist was taken to Baltimore Washington Medical in Glen Burnie, where she was unfortunately pronounced dead. The driver of the Cavalier was taken to the hospital as well, although with only minor injuries.

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October 15, 2014

Maryland Motorcycle Crash Kills One, Charges Pending

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

Earlier this month, a fatal motorcycle accident claimed the life of a Woodbine man in Westminster, Maryland. According to a report by one local news source, the accident occurred around 6:30 in the evening on the 3300 block of Salem Bottom Road.

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Evidently, the motorcyclist was heading north on Salem Bottom Road when a truck pulled out in front of the motorcycle to make a left turn onto southbound Salem Bottom Road. The motorcyclist ended up crashing into the driver’s side of the truck. Despite emergency responders' best efforts to get to the scene in a timely manner, the man was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

The driver of the truck did not sustain any injuries as a result of the accident and may face charges once the police investigation is complete.

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October 8, 2014

Minibike Rider Killed in Lexington Park

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

Earlier this month in a Lexington Park neighborhood, a 22-year-old man was killed when he was struck while riding a minibike and then was run over by a car coming in the opposite direction. According to a report by one local news source, the fatal motorcycle accident took place near the intersection of Town Creek Drive and Dent Drive.

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Evidently, the accident occurred at around 7:40 in the evening, and the minibike did not have lights on it at the time of the accident. At some point, the driver of a Volkswagen Jetta hit the rider, knocking him off the bike and onto the ground. Almost immediately afterward, an SUV traveling in the opposite direction ran over the motorcyclist, trapping him underneath the massive vehicle.

When emergency crews arrived, they were able to free the man by using airbags to lift up the SUV. The man was flown to the hospital by the Maryland State Police, but it was too late. He was pronounced dead before 2:00 a.m. A police investigation is still underway to determine how the fatal accident may have been caused.

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September 22, 2014

Maryland Motorcyclist Killed in Accident with SUV

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

Earlier last month, a young motorcyclist was killed when he ran into the side of an SUV that was attempting to make a left turn in front of the motorcyclist. According to a report by WUSA 9, the accident occurred just after four in the afternoon on River Road in Potomac, Maryland.

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Evidently, the motorcyclist was heading north on River Road, and a BMW SUV was heading south on the same road. At some point, the driver of the BMW attempted to make a left turn in front of the motorcyclist. However, the driver of the SUV ended up cutting off the motorcyclist, leaving him no opportunity to avoid the collision.

The motorcyclist ended up colliding with the right side of the SUV. The motorcyclist was then taken to the hospital and admitted with life-threatening injuries, which he sadly later succumbed to. The driver of the BMW was also taken to the hospital, but with only minor injuries. There is no word whether police have charged the driver of the SUV in the fatal motorcycle accident.

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September 15, 2014

Towson Motorcyclist Killed in Four-Vehicle Accident After Motorist Fails to Yield

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

In a tragic accident that occurred recently on Route 50, a Maryland woman was killed when another driver failed to yield the right of way to the motorcyclist, causing a four-vehicle accident. According to a report by Delmarva Now, the accident occurred around 2:30 on a Sunday afternoon near the intersection of Route 50 and Rockawalkin Road.

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Evidently, the motorcyclist was heading east on Route 50 when another motorist driving a Toyota Solara attempted to make a left-hand turn in front of the motorcyclist to head east on Route 50. However, since the driver of the Toyota failed to yield the right-of-way to the motorcyclist, and instead cut her off, she was left with no choice but to crash into the Toyota.

The motorcyclist was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center with life-threatening injuries and died a short time later. Although it is unclear what happened, the accident involved two other vehicles, although the drivers of those vehicles did not suffer serious injuries.

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September 9, 2014

Motorcyclist Killed After Losing Control in Construction Zone

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

Earlier last month in Alexandria, Virginia, a motorcyclist was killed after he was ejected from his bike and then hit by a passing car. According to a report by WUSA 9, the accident occurred at 11:30 in the evening on Interstate 495 just before the exit to Van Dorn Street.

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The motorcyclist was traveling in an area of the highway that was under construction. The right three lanes were closed to through traffic, leaving motorists no choice but to use the left three lanes that had recently been milled. The freshly milled pavement had a 2-3 inch lip at the start and the end of the milled section.

Evidently, the motorcyclist lost control of his bike when he drove over the lip from the milled surface to the regular road surface. He was tossed from his bike and landed in the next lane, where another motorist hit him. Emergency responders pronounced the man dead at the scene.

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September 4, 2014

Fourth-Year GW Medical Student Killed in Motorcycle Accident

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

Earlier this week in Potomac, Maryland, a fourth-year medical student was killed when he was struck by another vehicle while riding his motorcycle. According to a report by one local news source, the man was riding his motorcycle on River’s Edge Drive when a BMW sedan attempted to make a left turn in front of the motorcyclist, cutting him off.

ducati-monster-222942-m.jpgThe motorcyclist flew off his bike as a result of the collision. Nearby witnesses attempted to perform first aid on him until emergency crews arrived, but the young man was pronounced dead later that day.

The driver of the BMW was also taken to the hospital, although only with non-life-threatening injuries, and he is expected to fully recover. Police are currently conducting an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the fatal motorcycle accident, hoping to gain additional insight as to the cause of the tragic event. It is not clear if the other driver is facing any charges related to his role in the accident at this time.

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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.

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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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