Earlier this week in Colorado Springs, Colorado, a man on a motorcycle was killed when another driver cut him off by driving through a yellow light without first yielding. According to a report by the local Fox affiliate, the motorcyclist was heading north and a van was heading south on the same road. As the two approached an intersection, the light turned yellow. The van attempted to turn left in front of the motorcyclist, cutting him off. Although the motorcyclist tried to stop in time, he was unable to do so and crashed into the rear of the van.
The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the van was uninjured and was cited for Vehicles Turning Left and Careless Driving resulting in Death.
Failing to Yield the Right of Way
This accident was caused by the van failing to yield the right of way to the motorcyclist. In the situation above, the motorcyclist was traveling through the intersection and the van was making a left turn. As the vehicle making a left turn in front of a vehicle traveling straight ahead, the van needed to yield to the motorcyclist to see what he was going to do before acting himself.
“Failure to Yield” is a Serious Cause of Maryland Motorcycle Accidents
In Maryland, “failure to yield” is a citable traffic offense, and for good reason. Every year thousands of accidents are caused by one driver’s failure to yield to another driver. This is even more dangerous when one driver is riding a motorcycle.
It is difficult to say what the most common failure to yield situation is, because there are so many. A few of the more common situations are:
- Disregarding a posted yield sign;
- Failing to yield at a four-way stop;
- Failing to yield at an intersection with a flashing yellow light, or with a traffic light that is inactive;
- Proceeding through an intersection without yielding to the driver with the right of way;
- Improper left turns;
- Failure to yield at a round-a-bout; and
- Pulling out onto a main road from a residence or business without yielding.
Have You Been Involved in a Maryland Motorcycle Accident?
If you have been involved in a Maryland motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to monetary damages based on the other driver’s negligence. Such damages can include awards for past medical bills, any future medical expenses, as well as for any pain and suffering caused by the accident. To find out more about the laws of negligence in Maryland and to discuss the facts of your case with a Maryland motorcycle accident attorney today, contact the personal injury of firm of Lebowitz and Mhzen, LLC. At Lebowitz and Mhzen, LLC they have the dedication and experience you need to effectively navigate the Maryland court system and bring your motorcycle accident case. Contact the firm online, or call 410-654-3600 today to speak to an experienced attorney today.
More Blog Posts:
SUV and Motorcycle Collide in Texas, Injuring Four, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published January 20, 2014.
Motorcycle Accident in Florida Results in Another Motorcycle Fatality, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published January 13, 2014.