It is a fact that motorcycles offer less protection to their riders than cars or trucks do to their drivers and passengers. But while some people say bikes are too dangerous to ride on the street the choice to ride or not is a personal decision that every motorcyclist must make for him or herself.
As a Baltimore motorcycle injury attorney, I support an individual’s right to choose how they will live their life, even if the risks are more than some people can accept. So long as the state of Maryland allows bikers to rider their machines on the city streets and rural roads, they have the same rights and responsibilities as passenger car drivers and truck operators.
In my position, I often hear of fatal motorcycling accidents that would give most people pause. Recent news of a crash in Charles County is one such incident. According to Maryland State Police in La Plata, there was a traffic accident on Route 301 that resulted in the death of a rider and injury to two other motorists. At the time of the news article, police were still investigating the crash.
Based on reports the accident occurred sometime after 5pm in the afternoon when a white 2009 Ducati ridden by 31-year-old Deven Rachar Blackshear collided with a van and one other vehicle in Waldorf, MD. News articles said that Blackshear was traveling north on Route 301 near Route 5 when his motorcycle collided with a 2005 Chrysler Town & Country minivan that apparently pulled out out of a parking lot onto the path of the oncoming bike.
Upon hitting the Chrysler, the motorcycle and rider were apparently thrown into the oncoming path of a southbound Chevrolet HHR. Responding to the accident scene, rescue workers transferred the rider to a Maryland State Police helicopter for transport to Baltimore Shock Trauma for treatment of serious head trauma and a broken neck. The man was later pronounced dead as a result of those injuries.
The occupants of the Chrysler were also injured. Thirty-three-year-old Abigail Jaye Nabors, who was driving the Town & Country minivan received facial injuries, and a toddler, who was riding in the back seat of the van and whose injuries were unknown, were both flown to Children’s Hospital in Washington D.C.
A 16-year-old driver and 46-year-old passenger in the HHR were unhurt in the accident and did not require any medical attention. According to Maryland State Police, speed does appear to be a contributing factor in this crash.
Motorcyclist Dies, Two Others Injured in Waldorf Crash, TheBayNet.com, March 23, 2010
Waldorf Man Dies in Three Vehicle Motorcycle Accident, SoMD.com, March 28, 2010