According to Maryland State Police, a Baltimore Ravens cheerleader was killed as a result of a motorcycle collision that occurred on Interstate 15 over the holiday weekend.
The 27 year old man was driving to Camp Woodward in Pennsylvania on Friday morning when he collided with a 2012 Volkswagen Jetta that was turning left. According to his former employer, where he was the coach of a local cheerleading squad, the man had recently tried out for the Baltimore Ravens’ co-ed cheerleading squad, and reportedly made the team and was set to begin his first season with the NFL this coming fall.
The driver of the Volkswagen was reportedly not seriously injured. The cause of the accident and the circumstances under which it occurred remains under investigation.
Drivers of other vehicles who are unaware of or otherwise not paying attention to motorcyclists on the road are often to blame for causing motorcycle accidents. Contrary to what people may believe about motorcycle drivers, motorcyclists are typically incredibly safe drivers and usually abide by all of the relevant traffic regulations.
When motorcycle accidents are caused by the negligence of other drivers, there will often be liability associated with the actions that lead to these collisions. However, liability is not taken at face value, and must be proved through the course of a lawsuit. Handling a motorcycle accident case requires the implementation of certain strategies due to the fact that motorcycle riders are often unfairly associated with negative stereotypes which can thus harm how they are perceived by potential jurors. Opposing attorneys will often seek to perpetuate these stereotypes in order to defend their clients.
In cases like this one, where the motorcyclist was killed, the most likely sort of legal claim that would be brought would be a wrongful death claim. This claim would be based upon the alleged negligence of the other driver. In order to be successful, the person bringing the suit on behalf of the plaintiff (those individuals who may do so are prescribed specifically by Maryland state law) will have to prove that the driver was driving in a manner that was not in accordance with a typical reasonably safe driver, commonly referred to as a reasonably prudent person. They will have to additionally demonstrate that this lapse was also responsible for causing the ultimate injury or death, as the case may be. Common examples of negligence in these types of cases include actions such as excessive speeding, failure to observe traffic signals, and failure to yield. Wrongful death awards may include amounts for things like loss of wages, loss of companionship, and, in some cases, funeral expenses.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a Maryland motorcycle accident, contact the experienced motorcycle accident attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC. Our knowledgeable attorneys are dedicated to ensuring that you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries or loss. We have successfully represented many motorcyclists and their passengers who 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:
Deer Causes Death of Motor Scooter Rider in Harford County, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published June 25, 2013
Failure to Yield Results Kills Fourth Individual in Six Days in Carroll County, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published June 18, 2013