Earlier this month near Las Vegas, Nevada, one man was left in critical condition after he was involved in a motorcycle accident with an SUV. According to one local news report, the motorcyclist was heading west when an eastbound SUV made a left turn in front of the motorcyclist.
As the SUV attempted to complete its turn, it cut off the motorcyclist, who did not have time to slow down or come to a stop. As a result, the motorcyclist crashed into the rear passenger side of the SUV, sending the rider off his bike. The car spun around before coming to a complete stop.
Another motorcyclist who witnessed the accident pulled over and offered to help. Emergency responders arrived and took the injured motorcyclist to the hospital, where he was admitted in critical condition. The driver of the SUV was not seriously injured in the accident. An investigation is still underway. However, at this point it seems that the cause of the accident was the SUV driver’s failure to yield the right-of-way to the motorcyclist.
The Importance of Witnesses in Personal Injury Cases
As the article indicated, a nearby motorcyclist who witnessed the accident immediately pulled over to help the injured rider. In addition to potentially providing interim medical care until professional emergency responders arrived, the second motorcyclist may be able to act as a witness in any civil case arising out of the accident.
Often, an accident case comes down to a “he-said, she-said” between drivers, each pointing the finger at the other party. In some cases, the facts of the accident help the judge or jury determine who was likely at fault for the accident, such as if there are skid marks on the road, or if there was video evidence available showing what happened immediately before the accident. However, in some cases no such evidence exists. In these cases, the presence of an eyewitness can be critical.
Eyewitness accounts can be very important in personal injury cases. Of course, the credibility of the witness will come into play. For example, an unrelated, unbiased witness may be seen as more credible than a passenger in one of the vehicles involved in the accident. To learn more about Maryland motorcycle accidents, contact a dedicated Maryland personal injury attorney today.
Have You Been Injured in a Maryland Motorcycle Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been involved in a serious or fatal motorcycle accident in Maryland, you may be entitled to monetary compensation to help you cover the costs associated with the accident. This may include amounts for past and future medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. To speak with a dedicated motorcycle accident attorney about the accident you were involved in, and to get a free case evaluation, call 410-654-3600 to set up a consultation with an attorney at the Maryland personal injury law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC.
More Blog Posts:
Questionable Police Chase Results in Several Serious Injuries, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published December 4, 2014.
Motorcycle Accident on Inner Loop Injures One, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published January 21, 2014.