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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November 11, 2013

Single Vehicle Accident Kills Motorcyclist in Elkridge

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

An accident occurred earlier this month in Elkridge, that led to the death of a motorcyclist that was thrown from his bike. motorcycle_alt.jpg

According to Howard County Police, the accident occurred at around 3:30 a.m. on Route 1. The police report states that the 42 year old rider was reportedly traveling south on Route 1 when he suddenly lost control as he attempted to take the exit for Route 100 east. The man was thrown from his bike, and was transported to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries, where he later died.

There was relatively little information available regarding the circumstances surrounding the collision. As such, investigators are continuing to collect information in order to determine the cause.

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October 23, 2013

Five Deaths in Multiple Motorcycle-SUV Crash Near Maryland State Border

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

A tragic collision resulted after an SUV and two motorcycles collided in south-central Pennsylvania near the Maryland line, just a little under a week ago.clouds_2.jpg

According to police, two motorcycles traveling in the same direction collided head-on with the SUV traveling the opposite way in Franklin County, killing four people on the motorcycles and one person travelling in the SUV.

According to another source, the SUV was heading northbound and crossed over the center line for unknown reasons, striking the Harley-Davidson head-on. Upon impact, the SUV spun counterclockwise and was struck broadside in the passenger door by the second motorcycle, a Suzuki. All vehicles were reportedly traveling under the speed limit of 55 MPH.

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October 15, 2013

Woman Faces 10 Years for Texting Death of Motorcyclist

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

An Anne Arundel County woman is facing charges for the death of a motorcycle driver, which authorities believed was a direct result of the woman's texting while driving. According to sources, this is the first official charging of manslaughter while texting in Anne Arundel County.texting_hand.jpg

Last March, a 30 year old man was riding north on his motorcycle on Route 3 in Gambrills, when the 19 year old driver maneuvered her car into the motorcyclist's path in an attempt to cross Route 3 to get to the Royal Farms, resulting in the death of the motorcyclist.

The prosecution in the case claims that, in addition to cell phone records (which are presumably time stamped), they have an eyewitness who saw the woman driving with one hand, and looking down while texting with the other. The driver faces several charges in relation to the incident, including negligent manslaughter. If convicted, she faces up to 10 years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines.

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October 8, 2013

Head on Collision Kills Two Motorcyclists in Calvert County

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

Over the weekend, the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office reported that they responded to a collision in Huntingtown involving a motorcycle.road2.jpg

Upon arrival, authorities found both of the vehicles within different parts of the same lane on Point Plum Lane. The appearance of the aftermath was apparently consistent with evidence of a head-on collision. The motorcycle driver and passenger were both reportedly ejected upon impact, and were found west of the motorcycle.

The initial investigation revealed the SUV was traveling eastbound on Point Plum Lane, as the motorcycle approached the intersection of Point Plum Road and Twin Oak Lane. In an attempt to enter a private drive, the SUV turned left in front of the motorcycle, causing a crash. The vehicles collided in the center of the westbound lane of Plum Point Road.

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October 1, 2013

Columbia Man Faces Felony DUI Charges in Double Motorcycle Fatality

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

According to officials, last month, a Columbia man was charged with felony driving under the influence after his vehicle killed two motorcyclists.summer%20lights.jpg

A South Carolina Highway Patrol Senior Trooper reported that the man was traveling north on Highway 21 one Monday evening, when his 2008 Saturn crossed the center line. The Saturn then reportedly collided with two BMW motorcycles head-on. The two motorcyclists both died instantly due to blunt force trauma, according to the local county coroner. The 21 year old was transported to a local hospital for unreported injuries. His passenger was uninjured.

The driver of the Saturn was subsequently charged with two counts of felony DUI, and one count of second-offense driving under suspension.

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September 30, 2013

Abingdon Woman Killed in Motorcycle Accident

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

Millsboro Police reported that a Maryland woman died earlier this month in a motorcycle crash on Route 113.traffic%20lights.jpg

The Abingdon woman was riding a Yamaha sports bike, when she failed to stop at a traffic light, continuing into the intersection of Route 113 and Route 24. It was there that she then ran into a vehicle that was turning northbound onto Route 113. The motorcyclist was transported to a local hospital, but later died from her injuries.

Police did not release information regarding the other vehicle in the accident. They did reveal, however, that they believe speed was a contributing factor to the collision.

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September 23, 2013

Germantown Motorcyclist Killed in Rockville Collision

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

Montgomery County Police recently released updated information regarding an accident involving a motorcycle and an SUV in Rockville near Montrose Road and Tower Oaks Boulevard.ducati.jpg

According to a statement from police, a 2006 Toyota Highlander was traveling east on Montrose Road and began to turn left onto northbound Tower Oaks when it struck a Ducati 848, which was traveling west on Montrose. The driver and passenger of the motorcycle were ejected from the vehicle. Police stated the bike then erupted into flames.

The driver of the motorcycle died at the hospital as a result of the injuries he suffered following the collision. The passenger reportedly suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries, police said. Police also said the driver of the Highlander suffered non-life threatening injuries.

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September 16, 2013

Fatal Collision on Maryland Route 301 Between Motorcycle and Tractor-Trailer

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

Earlier this month, Maryland State Police troopers responded to a reportedly serious motor vehicle collision involving a motorcycle on US Route 301, just north of MD Route 227.yamaha%20vstar.jpg

The preliminary investigation revealed that a tractor-trailer was traveling northbound on US Route 301 at MD Route 227, and had stopped at the signal for a red light. Once the light turned green, the truck began to travel forward and through the intersection. At that time, a Yamaha Motorcycle carrying a male driver and passenger was also traveling northbound, behind the tractor-trailer. The motorcyclist somehow failed to control his speed in order to avoid the collision, and crashed into the trailer. Though the information regarding the nature of the collision is unclear, it appears as thought the motorcycle was not stopped at the red light, but rather had been traveling at a fast speed and failed to anticipate having to slow down.

When police arrived on the scene, they located two unresponsive men wearing motorcycle safety equipment and lying in the roadway. Further inquiry revealed that both men had been ejected from the vehicle, and they both ultimately died at the scene due to their injuries. The driver of the tractor trailer was unharmed.

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September 9, 2013

Two Motorcycle Accidents in Carroll County over the Weekend

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

Two unrelated motorcycle accidents in Carroll County left one rider dead and another seriously injured in on two different roadways. barbed_wire.jpg

The first accident, which occurred in Taneytown in the morning, involved a rider who reportedly failed to negotiate a turn properly, which caused him to careen off of the road where he ultimately crashed into a fence post and wire. Emergency personnel pronounced the man dead at the scene. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

An unrelated motorcycle crash occurred in the evening in Westminster, resulting in serious injuries to the rider. According to police, the motorcyclist was riding westbound on Route 97 when he crossed the double yellow line, and thus entering the southbound lane where he collided head on with an SUV. The four occupants of the SUV, two adults and two children, were reportedly unharmed in the crash. The motorcycle rider reportedly suffered serious but not life threatening injuries and was was taken by helicopter to Shock Trauma for treatment. Police believe that speeding and alcohol consumption may have been factors contributing to the crash. The investigation remains ongoing and charges are reportedly pending.

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August 26, 2013

Fatal Motorcycle Crash on Md. 550

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

motorcycle_rider.jpg A motorcyclist was reportedly driving north of Thurmont over the weekend, when he apparently lost control of his motorcycle, throwing both him and his female passenger from the bike.

At nearly 12:30 in the afternoon, the motorcycle was heading south on Md. 550, north of Kelbaugh Road in Sabillasville, Md., when the driver suddenly lost control on a curve in the road, throwing both riders off of the bike.

Maryland State Police reported that the man was pronounced dead on the scene. According to a news release from state police, the woman was transported to a local medical center for treatment of her injuries. The investigation remains ongoing.

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