Over the weekend, the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office reported that they responded to a collision in Huntingtown involving a motorcycle.
Upon arrival, authorities found both of the vehicles within different parts of the same lane on Point Plum Lane. The appearance of the aftermath was apparently consistent with evidence of a head-on collision. The motorcycle driver and passenger were both reportedly ejected upon impact, and were found west of the motorcycle.
The initial investigation revealed the SUV was traveling eastbound on Point Plum Lane, as the motorcycle approached the intersection of Point Plum Road and Twin Oak Lane. In an attempt to enter a private drive, the SUV turned left in front of the motorcycle, causing a crash. The vehicles collided in the center of the westbound lane of Plum Point Road.
The driver of the SUV was treated at the scene for minor injuries. The driver of the motorcycle was pronounced dead on the way to the hospital. The passenger on the motorcycle was pronounced dead in the emergency room at a local hospital.
Driver inattention and failure to yield the right of way are believed to be responsible for causing the collision. The final determination remains under investigation.
Unfortunately, driver inattention is a common cause of collisions in motorcycle accidents. Oftentimes, drivers of other vehicles are either unaware of nearby motorcycles or, as alleged in this case, fail to yield.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists are 25- 35 times more likely to die in a motor vehicle crash than drivers of other vehicles, and they are 5-8 times more likely to be injured. Additionally, the effects of a crash involving a motorcycle are often devastating. According to data from NHTSA, while 20 percent of passenger vehicle crashes result in injury or death, an astounding 80 percent of motorcycle crashes result in injury or death.
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, proper medical documentation is key to establishing the extent of the damage caused by the accident. The law allows for fair compensation for injuries, including for the injuries themselves, things such as road rash, broken bones, damaged knees, sprained muscles, ligaments, and tendons. However, the law also allows for other damages, including lost wages, medical bills, and property damage which may involve repair or replacement of the motorcycle. An experienced motorcycle accident attorney can fully advise you regarding the nature of your case.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a Maryland motorcycle accident due to another driver’s negligence, contact the experienced Maryland motorcycle accident attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC immediately. Motorcycle accident lawsuits can be challenging to prove, particularly considering stereotypes that members of the jury may harbor. Motorcycle cases therefore requiring proper planning and strategy. We have extensive experience in representing motorcyclists and their passengers who have been harmed due to another driver’s negligence. Call us today in order to schedule your initial complimentary consultation. You can contact us through our website or by calling 1-800-654-1949.
More Blog Posts:
Columbia Man Faces Felony DUI Charges in Double Motorcycle Fatality, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published October 1, 2013
Abingdon Woman Killed in Motorcycle Accident, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published September 30, 2013