How many times do we read news reports of single-vehicle accidents that either severely injure or kill the operator of that motor vehicle? In many instances, police investigations turn up evidence of driver error or fatigue, which more than likely had a major effect on the outcome of such events. Occasionally, however, investigators determine other possible causes.
One possible cause of a single-vehicle crash can be defective vehicle equipment. While this generally points to a manufacturing problem, such as faulty production methods or incorrect materials, there also exists potential third-party liability through a service facility such as a tire store or local repair garage.
Whatever the cause, the result of a motorcycle crash can be devastating, not only in terms of physical injury but in the monetary and financial cast to an individual or family.
As a Baltimore personal injury attorney, I have represented bikers and their families following serious traffic accidents.
In the case of a fatal wreck, it may be appropriate to file a wrongful death claim against another individual for negligent or wrongful behavior. Yet even if the rider survives a crash, costs to the family may be quite extensive. In such instances, a claim allows the victim and his family to receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other financial costs associated with the accident.
A recent news report detailed the crash of a motorcyclist who was riding alone when he apparently lost control of his 2009 Kawasaki bike. According to police, 24-year-old William David Ballenger hit a telephone pole along Catoctin Furnace Rd. near Auburn just after 8pm on a Friday evening.
Although no mention was made of whether defective equipment may have played a part, authorities said Ballenger only had his motorcycle operator’s license for about two months prior to the accident. Police reports also indicate that the man was traveling too fast when he lost control of the bike.
Police said Ballenger, who was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, was taken to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore just after 9pm. His injuries were described as not life threatening. The crash was still being investigated at the time of the news report.
Motorcyclist injured in crash with telephone pole, FrederickNewspost.com, August 21, 2010