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It is common knowledge that motorcycle riders are at greater risk of injury and or death than car riders, but the actual disparity in risk is rather stunning. In fact, some sources claim that for every mile traveled, motorcyclists are 35 times more likely than car riders to have a fatal accident. Given the tremendous risk of motorcycle accidents and the potentially fatal results of such crashes, both motorcyclists and drivers of cars should take extreme precautions when it comes to navigating traffic situations involving motorcycles and sharing the road. A recent news article discussed a local fatal motorcycle crash.

According to the local news article about a motorcycle accident in Maryland, the accident occurred late in the evening on Wednesday, August 31, after the motorcyclist lost control and was thrown from the vehicle. The preliminary investigation by law enforcement revealed that the rider was driving a Harley-Davidson motorcycle on the outer loop approaching MD-214 when he lost control. The motorcycle rolled on its side before the rider was thrown from the motorcycle and hit by several vehicles that did not remain at the scene, the police said. The rider was pronounced dead at the scene.

This tragic and horrifying accident is unfortunately all too common in Maryland and shows the need for car drivers and motorcyclists to engage in exceedingly careful when driving at high speeds near or around motorcycles. The smaller profile of motorcycles creates a greater likelihood of motorcycles occupying blind spots of larger vehicles and the open nature of motorcycle riding creates unique harm for riders involved in any crashes. When operators of larger vehicles only look out for other large vehicles and cars and fail to pay special attention to motorcycles and smaller vehicles, it places the smaller vehicles at great risk. In the event that a driver fails to see another vehicle, resulting in a crash, they could face both civil and criminal legal liability.

High profile motorcycle accident cases can be a long and arduous process, compounded by delays related to the COVID-19 pandemic. In one instance, a 2019 case that killed seven motorcycle drivers only recently saw resolution—a resolution that likely brought little peace for the families and loved ones of those who died.

According to the prosecution in the case, a truck driver used heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine before beginning work. In addition to a history of drug use and a reckless driving record, the driver reportedly took his eyes off the road and reached for a drink, causing him to swerve into or past the center line of the road and strike the motorcyclists, killing seven members. The motorcyclists were part of a veteran motorcycle club out on a ride. Mixed reports state that the motorcyclists were driving under the influence of alcohol, and that the leader of the club was driving recklessly.

A recent article reports that jurors found the truck driver innocent when evidence contradicted whether or not he actually drove over the center line. In addition, conflicting evidence showed that the motorcycle club members called as witnesses were potentially lying about the sobriety level of the other members as part of an oath to protect and not disparage other members. The prosecution and defense presented very disparate theories of fault in this case, leading to the not guilty verdict.

Drivers of cars share the roads with not only the drivers of other motor vehicles but also with bicyclists and pedestrians. In today’s world, it is common to see increased use of bicycles as a way to commute. Unsurprisingly, when an accident occurs between a motor vehicle and a bike, it is very likely the cyclist will be the person who is injured in such a crash. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), bicyclist deaths are highest during the summer months between June and September. In addition, NHTSA reports that nearly three-quarters of all bicyclist deaths occur in urban areas and that failing to yield the right of way is the highest factor in fatal crashes involving bicycles, followed by bicyclists not being visible.

According to a recent news article, a 42-year-old driver was recently criminally charged in a deadly bike accident in Michigan that injured three and killed two bicyclists who were participating in the Make a Wish Bicycle Tour. The Tour was a three-day endurance ride that covered most of the state of Michigan. The 42-year-old driver was heading north when a UPS truck in front of her began to slow down. According to officials, the accident took place on a straight roadway where there were no vision obstructions. The driver moved into the other lane in an attempt to try and go around the UPS truck and ran into a group of bicyclists. The driver has been charged with two counts of operating while intoxicated causing death, one count of operating while intoxicated, and a second offense notice operating while intoxicated.

What Are Drivers' Responsibilities to Avoid a Motorcycle Accident?

All road users should take steps to keep themselves and others safe. There are certain safety precautions that cyclists should take, and certain precautions that drivers of motor vehicles should take in order to make the roads a safer place for everyone. Cyclists should be sure to always begin their bike ride by putting on a helmet that properly fits so that they can have some protection. Wearing bright clothing, reflective gear, and having reflectors on your bike can be other safety precautions taken by bicyclists. Drivers of cars share the road with cyclists and should be sure to yield to bicyclists. When turning right on red, drivers should look to the right and behind them to avoid hitting a bicyclist approaching, in addition to stopping completely and looking left-right-left, and behind before making the right turn on red. Drivers should be sure to give cyclists room. Finally, under no circumstances should drivers get behind the wheel while intoxicated, and if someone is planning to drink, they should be sure to arrange alternate transportation that does not include them behind the wheel.

When drivers of cars and large trucks collide with motorcycle drivers, the results can be devastating. Motorcycle drivers have less protection from collisions than other drivers, which can lead to severe injuries or even death. Motorcycle drivers in Maryland should be aware of the damages available to them in the event of injury or death resulting from a vehicle collision.

According to a recent report, one person died in a fiery collision between a dump truck and motorcycle driver in Capitol Heights, Maryland. EMS and fire department units were called to the scene, where the dump truck was leaking fuel and on fire. The victim has not been identified and little is known about the cause of the crash. If the dump truck driver is found to be negligent, the motorcycle driver’s family could be entitled to compensation.

Because motorcycle drivers have little protection from the elements or other external factors that arise in a collision, they may experience more severe injuries—especially when the other driver is driving a large truck. In the case of a collision that results in a fire, motorcycle drivers may be particularly vulnerable to severe burns or death. When the other driver failed to exhibit reasonable care in a way that resulted in a collision with a motorcycle driver that lead to that motorcyclist’s injury or death, the motorcyclist or their loved ones may be entitled to bring personal injury or wrongful death claims.

Motorcycles allow for great maneuverability and can offer enjoyable rides for those who choose to utilize them as a mode of transportation. At the same time, it is important to be aware of the risks that can come with driving a motorcycle while sharing a road with other automobiles. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 80 percent of all reported motorcycle crashes result in injury or death to the motorcyclist. Furthermore, NHTSA emphasizes that the “motorcycle itself provides no head injury protection to the rider or passenger.” Thus, motorcyclists may face injury from ejection from the motorcycle, which may result in the motorcyclist striking objects nearby in addition to the ground. Motorcycle helmets are thus extremely important in helping protect the skull. In addition to being easier to see, an automobile, in contrast, has a roof, more weight and bulk, airbags, and seatbelts. However, motorcycles have the ability to swerve quickly in case of sudden need, which is one of the big differences between motorcycles and automobiles.

In recent news, a motorcycle accident left a 19-year-old dead and left many questioning the cause of the devastating accident. According to the report, a 67-year-old driver was heading north and tried to turn on a road across southbound lanes. At the same time, the 19-year-old motorcyclist crashed into the right side of the sedan. The 67-year-old driver survived and suffered minor injuries. The question of who was the at-fault driver still remains to be further investigated.

How Can Motorcyclists Reduce the Chances of a Left-Turn Accident?

Motorcyclists must be extremely alert when other drivers are making left turns because other drivers may not be able to see them. Thus, this requires motorcyclists to be prepared to drive defensively. In addition, it may be helpful for motorcyclists to wear bright-colored clothing and to have reflective gear so that they can be more easily seen by other drivers with whom they are sharing the road. According to the CDC, unhelmeted motorcycle riders are twice as likely to suffer traumatic brain injuries from crashes. Motorcyclists should be sure to follow traffic laws and abstain from speeding, drinking, and texting as well. For other automobile drivers, it is important to pay attention to your surroundings and to always be alert for motorcyclists who share the road with you. Drivers, in general, should avoid distractions, always check their blind spots, use their signals, and remain alert.

Motorcycle accidents can be devasting or even deadly for the motorcyclists involved. Some motorcyclists attempt to avoid a collision between their motorcycle and another vehicle by using what is known as the lay-down. This involves a motorcyclist laying down their bike in order to avoid a collision or to stop severe injuries from occurring, although this technique has not been proven to prevent injury.

In a recent news report, officers responded to an accident that killed one motorcyclist in Louisville, Kentucky. According to initial reports from witnesses, the motorcyclist laid his bike down to avoid another vehicle. The motorcyclist was sent to a local hospital where he later died.

Laying down a motorcycle can present various dangers, including injuries to the brain, head and legs, and severe road rash. In addition to the bike continuing to travel at a high speed, motorcyclists who attempt to lay down their bike may also find that they will be unable to control where they end up. Modern motorcycles have better technology, including anti-lock brakes and tires with better traction, all of which may help motorcyclists avoid collisions. Being an alert driver is also a very important part of sharing the roads with other drivers and pedestrians.

Off-road motorcycling and dirt biking are popular sports practiced by millions worldwide. The Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (“MVA”) maintains specific licensing and registration provisions for dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles (“ATV”); however, serious accidents continue to occur. ATVs are used both commercially, typically in farming, and recreationally. In either case, operating dirt bikes and ATVs requires coordination, experience, and appropriate training.

Despite the popularity of these activities, little research has been done on the dangers of this activity and the prevalence of injuries and death. However, some research suggests that ATVs use is more dangerous than motocross or dirt biking, as ATV accidents have a higher mortality rate, especially for children. Both activities continue to have a significant rate of head, spinal, and extremity injury.

For instance, recently, a Maryland news report described two deadly accidents. The first accident occurred when a man riding a three-wheel motorcycle drove off a ramp and landed on the ground. The next accident involved an incident where a driver slammed into a 31-year-old man driving a dirt bike. Reports indicate that officers believe a Ford Fusion struck the dirt biker. The collision knocked the dirt biker off his vehicle, causing him to hit his head. Emergency medical services transported him to a hospital for head injuries; however, he succumbed to his injuries tragically.

As if getting in a car accident was not stressful enough, having the at-fault party leave the scene only adds to the frustration and challenges that come with the aftermath of a major collision. If you are involved in a hit-and-run accident, you may still be able to get recourse in the event that local authorities are able to locate the at-fault party. If the at-fault party is located, you will also have several options to consider as you plan your next steps legally.

According to a recent news report, a man was charged after fleeing the scene of a deadly motorcycle accident. Based on initial reports, a Honda was traveling north when it crossed into southbound lanes and crashed into the motorcycle. The motorcyclist was thrown from their bike and pronounced dead on the scene. Following the accident, the driver of the Honda fled from the scene on foot and was located by local authorities shortly after. The police report noted that the driver of the Honda made no attempt to render aid to the motorcyclist. The initial investigation also showed that the Honda driver had an open 12 ounce can of beer in his vehicle’s center console and an empty box of beer in the backseat. The Honda driver has since been charged with vehicular homicide, driver intoxication, and leaving the scene of a fatal accident. The accident remains under investigation.

What Are Maryland’s Hit-And-Run Laws?

Hit-and-run accidents occur when a driver crashes into another vehicle, pedestrian, or stationary object, and then flees the scene. Among the various laws that govern this type of car accident, Maryland law requires that the at-fault party stop and stay on the scene of any accident resulting in injuries, deaths, or damaged property or vehicles that cannot be immediately moved. In addition, the state transportation code states that for at-fault parties, leaving the scene resulting in serious bodily injury constitutes a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. If the accident results in a death, then a hit-and-run has a maximum penalty of ten years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Even for hit-and-run accident victims, you are not permitted to leave the scene under Maryland law unless you require immediate medical assistance. Under Maryland law, you are required to stay on the scene and call 911, provide your identification and contact information to others involved, and to help anyone who needs assistance following the accident.

Although motorcycles offer a convenient, fast, and mobile alternative to a traditional commute plan, they also come with a number of risks. After all, motorcyclists are often difficult for other drivers to see and if involved in an accident they can often suffer from significant injuries or even death. Because motorcycles also lack the metal exterior and protection a passenger vehicle would typically provide a driver, the risk of injury and death is often even higher.

According to a recent news report, a motorcycle accident left one individual injured. Based on a preliminary investigation, a motorcyclist was traveling east with a passenger vehicle traveling behind them. The passenger vehicle then attempted to change lanes to pass the motorcycle, but its front bumper crashed into the rear end of the motorcycle. The motorcyclist lost control and was thrown from their bike but remained alert. They were transported to a local hospital with significant injuries and were listed as in critical condition. The accident remains under investigation.

Following a major accident, filing a lawsuit may be the furthest thing from your mind. After all, if you experienced any injuries following a motorcycle accident, your primary focus is likely on getting the treatment and medical support you need so that you can get back on your feet as quickly as possible. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, however, you should consider filing a personal injury claim as soon as possible. In a successful lawsuit, you could be compensated for any medical expenses, physical therapy, or treatments you receive as a result of the injuries you suffered from the accident.

Bicycle and Motorcycle accidents in the DC/Maryland/Virginia region cause many deaths and thousands of injuries each year. Often, cyclists may not realize the true extent of their injuries until well after an accident. This coupled with some bikers’ tendency to understate their injuries to family and friends can result in some serious injuries being untreated until it is too late to fully recover. The TV personality Simon Cowell (originally known for his work as a judge on “American Idol”) Recently revealed to journalists that the injuries that he sustained in a bicycle accident were much worse than initially thought or publically revealed.

According to the International news report, Mr. Cowell was involved in a collision while riding an electric bicycle in California in 2020. As a result of the crash, he broke his back in several places and suffered serious nerve damage that was not reported to the public until recently. The vehicle that Mr. Cowell was using, while branded as an “electric bicycle” could more accurately be described as an electric motorcycle based on the power of the motor and the top speed of the vehicle. While E-bikes are limited to 15 miles per hour while on public roadways, the bike involved in this crash has a top speed of at least 27 miles per hour, and can be as dangerous as a motorcycle when driven on roadways.

What Can E-Bike Riders Do to Protect Themselves?

Users of both E-bikes and electric motorcycles must use caution and protect their safety while operating their vehicles on roadways frequented by cars and trucks. E-bike riders should always wear a helmet and ensure their vehicles are in safe working order. Electronic motorcycle users should register their vehicles with the state or district they live in, and obtain liability and personal injury insurance coverage where possible. An E-bike user who is involved in an accident with another vehicle and injured is most likely covered by the insurance of the other vehicle. If the scooter or e-bike accident is the fault of the other driver, significant coverage may exist to support the rider to recover from any moderate or serious injuries.

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