Earlier this month, a tragic motorcycle accident resulted in the deaths of a young couple that was engaged to be married.
The 19 year old young woman was a passenger on the motorcycle that her fiance, a former military servicemember, was driving.
The accident occurred at around 12:40 p.m. on Interstate 70 in the Indian Springs area. According to Maryland State Police, somewhere around 20 motorcycles were riding in a group, when suddenly one man on a Harley slowed down, and was struck by another man (the male victim’s father) from behind. His motorcycle then struck the motorcycle being driven by his son.
The young woman, who was riding as a passenger, died at the scene. The young man and his father were transported to the Shock Trauma center for serious injuries. According to officials, the young man later died.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report, motorcyclists are five times more likely to be injured and 30 times more likely to be involved in a fatal accident than individuals riding in any other type of passenger vehicle.
Additionally, NHTSA states that over two thirds of such fatal motorcycle accidents are caused by the drivers of other vehicles who do not see the motorcyclist in time to avoid a collision.
Furthermore, despite drastic declines in the number of automobile fatalities, motorcycle deaths have increased every year for the past 14 years, with the exclusion of 2009, when there was a 16% decline. It remains unclear what is responsible for this increased number of fatalities. Two possible explanations are distracted driving caused by increased handheld cellphone usage and an increased number of vehicles on the road. Whatever the cause, if someone causes you or a loved one injury as a result of their negligent driving, you may be entitled to a legal remedy. An experienced motorcycle accident lawyer can inform you of your rights, and counsel you regarding how to proceed, as the case may be.
Injuries associated with motorcycle accidents are often severe. A motorcycle’s design makes it one of the least crashworthy vehicles on the road. The motorcycle driver and any passengers are left completely unguarded should a collision occur. Motorcyclists are additionally exposed to the open road, and in many cases serious injuries occur when the motorcyclist is thrown from the bike. Even though helmets are required in Maryland, head injuries remain the leading cause of death in motorcycle accidents. Additionally, motorcyclists frequently suffer other serious injuries, which can include broken bones, severe skin abrasions (road rash), and spinal cord injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a Maryland motorcycle accident, contact the experienced personal injury law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC. Our motorcycle accident attorneys will work zealously on your behalf in order to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. Our experienced motorcycle accident attorneys have successfully represented motorcyclists and their passengers that have been injured due to another driver’s negligence. Contact us today in order to schedule your initial complimentary consultation. You can reach us by calling 1-800-654-1949, or through our website.
More Blog Posts:
Fatal Motorcycle Crash on Route 301 Kills Two Motorcyclists, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published May 6, 2013
Bicycle Accident Could Have Ended University of Maryland Basketball Player Seth Allen’s Athletic Career, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published April 16, 2013