Two unrelated motorcycle accidents in Carroll County left one rider dead and another seriously injured in on two different roadways.
The first accident, which occurred in Taneytown in the morning, involved a rider who reportedly failed to negotiate a turn properly, which caused him to careen off of the road where he ultimately crashed into a fence post and wire. Emergency personnel pronounced the man dead at the scene. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.
An unrelated motorcycle crash occurred in the evening in Westminster, resulting in serious injuries to the rider. According to police, the motorcyclist was riding westbound on Route 97 when he crossed the double yellow line, and thus entering the southbound lane where he collided head on with an SUV. The four occupants of the SUV, two adults and two children, were reportedly unharmed in the crash. The motorcycle rider reportedly suffered serious but not life threatening injuries and was was taken by helicopter to Shock Trauma for treatment. Police believe that speeding and alcohol consumption may have been factors contributing to the crash. The investigation remains ongoing and charges are reportedly pending.
Other drivers on the road are often to blame for causing motorcycle accidents, often because they are unaware of the motorcyclists’ presence.
Due to this and other factors, per mile traveled on the road, motorcyclists are approximately 35 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a traffic crash. The injuries associated with motorcycle accidents are often quite severe. This is partially attributable to the fact that riders are exposed to the open road, and many of the most serious injuries occur when motorcyclists are thrown from the bike. Even though motorcyclists are required to wear helmets in Maryland, head injuries are the leading cause of death in motorcycle accidents.
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 are key. 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. Our attorneys are well versed in the nuances that motorcycle accidents present, and we can advise you how best to proceed with your case. 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:
Fatal Motorcycle Crash on Md. 550, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published August 26, 2013
Tragic Car-Motorcycle Accident in Queen Anne’s County, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer, published August 19, 2013