Montgomery County Police recently released updated information regarding an accident involving a motorcycle and an SUV in Rockville near Montrose Road and Tower Oaks Boulevard.
According to a statement from police, a 2006 Toyota Highlander was traveling east on Montrose Road and began to turn left onto northbound Tower Oaks when it struck a Ducati 848, which was traveling west on Montrose. The driver and passenger of the motorcycle were ejected from the vehicle. Police stated the bike then erupted into flames.
The driver of the motorcycle died at the hospital as a result of the injuries he suffered following the collision. The passenger reportedly suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries, police said. Police also said the driver of the Highlander suffered non-life threatening injuries.
Unfortunately, accidents like this one are incredibly common. Collisions often occur at intersections due to the fact that more cars may be attempting to travel the same area. Additionally, in many cases motorcycle accidents are a result of motorists either not noticing motorcycles, or failing to observe the right of way. Additionally, it is a sad reality that being ejected from a motorcycle is one of the most common ways in which motorcycle riders incur the most serious and often fatal injuries.
In these types of cases, the motorcyclists may be eligible to file a negligence lawsuit against the driver responsible for causing the collision. Unfortunately, even though fault may appear to be obvious, it must be proven in a court of law. A negligence claim requires a showing that the driver was operating his or her vehicle in a manner that is not consistent with how a reasonably prudent (safe) person would have. Some examples of this type of negligence include things such as failure to yield, excessive speeding, engaging in distracted driving, etc. Furthermore, a negligence case must demonstrate that the negligent behavior was the direct (or proximate) cause of the plaintiff’s (person bringing the lawsuit) injuries.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident as a result of another driver’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover damages for your current and future medical expenses, lost wages at work, and pain and suffering. Documentation of the accident and your injuries is key. The police report, witness accounts, pictures of the damaged vehicles, and medical records are all a part of your potential evidentiary arsenal. Consult with an experienced motorcycle attorney as soon as practicable for information regarding how to proceed and what you may be entitled to recover as a result of your motorcycle collision.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a Maryland motorcycle accident, contact the experienced Maryland motorcycle accident attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC immediately. We have successfully represented many motorcyclists and their passengers who have been injured due to another driver’s negligence. Furthermore, our attorneys are well versed in the nuances motorcycle accidents present, and we can advise you how best to proceed with your case. Call us today at 1-800-654-1949, or contact us through our website in order to schedule your initial complimentary consultation.
More Blog Posts:
Fatal Collision on Maryland Route 301 Between Motorcycle and Tractor-Trailer, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published September 16, 2013
Two Motorcycle Accidents in Carroll County over the Weekend, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published September 9, 2013