Earlier last month in Nevada, near Lake Tahoe, two motorcyclists died when the motorcycle was involved in a collision with a Chevy Silverado truck. According to a report by local news agency KOLO8, the accident occurred shortly after 10:30 p.m. a few weeks ago on March 22nd.
Apparently, the motorcycle was heading southbound as it entered an intersection. At the same time, the Silverado was traveling westbound. The motorcycle then collided with the pick up truck in the middle of the intersection, sending the motorcyclist and his passenger flying off the bike.
Both passengers were taken to the hospital in critical condition. Since the accident both have tragically died. The passenger was taken off life support on March 26th, and the driver of the motorcycle was taken off life support on March 30. The driver of the pick up truck was uninjured in the accident.
Police are still investigating the cause of the accident. While they do not believe that drugs or alcohol was involved in the fatal motorcycle accident, police do think that speed may have been a factor. As of the publication of this post, police have not filed charges against the driver of the Silverado.
Recovering Monetary Damages in Maryland Motorcycle Accident Cases
In Maryland, Motorcycle accident victims are permitted to recover from the person who caused the accident resulting in their injuries. Generally speaking, a recovery may consist of one lump sum that includes separate amounts for various categories, such as past and future pain and suffering, lost wages, past and future medical expenses, etc. However, in order for a Maryland accident victim to be entitled to a recovery, the accident victim must prove that the other driver was solely at fault for the accident.
Determining Fault in Maryland Personal Injury Cases
Unlike many other states, Maryland uses a strict method when determining which accident victims can recover. In Maryland, only those victims who are completely free from fault themselves will be permitted to recover. Even in a situation when an accident victim is just five or ten per cent at fault, that accident victim may be barred from recovery.
The Importance of Establishing Fault
Given that a Maryland accident victim must be free from all fault in order to be eligible for a recovery from the person causing the accident, it becomes critically important to an accident victim’s case that he or she is seen as the victim from the very beginning. An experienced Maryland motorcycle attorney can help create a case strategy increasing the chances of recovery by minimizing an accident victim’s role in the accident.
Have You Been Involved in a Maryland Motorcycle Accident?
If you have recently been involved in a Maryland motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to monetary damages. However, to ensure that you have the best chance of recovery, you should speak to an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney about your case as son as possible. All too often, accident victims talk to insurance companies or other people they shouldn’t and can actually destroy any chance of recovery they have. Instead, contact the law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC., a dedicated Maryland personal injury firm, at 410-654-3600 to schedule your free initial consultation.
More Blog Posts:
Minneapolis Motorcyclist Killed When He Strikes a Pothole , Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published March 19, 2014.
Man Charged with Murder After Fatal Motorcycle Accident , Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published April 2, 2014.