Earlier this month, a 72-year-old Maryland man was involved in a head-on collision with a motorcycle that resulted in the death of one man and another woman being admitted to the hospital in critical condition. According to a local news report, the accident occurred near Highway 76 in Clarksville, Tennessee.
After the accident, the two people on the motorcycle were airlifted to a nearby hospital. However, the driver of the motorcycle was unable to overcome the injuries he sustained in the accident. His wife, the passenger on the motorcycle, was still in the hospital in critical condition at the time of this post.
Some of the details of the accident have yet to be released, but what is known is that the Maryland man was booked into the county jail facing charges of reckless homicide. Police are conducting a thorough investigation into the cause of the accident.
Head-On Collisions on Maryland Roads
The fatal head-on motorcycle collision discussed above was but one of thousands of head-on collisions that occur each year across the country. Head-on collisions are especially dangerous because of the fact that the force involved is essentially twice that of a regular accident, since the two vehicles are traveling in opposite directions. This is especially the case when one of the vehicles involved is a motorcycle.
In Maryland, head-on collisions are not uncommon, likely because of the many winding country roads across the state. While Maryland is known for its beautiful canopied curving roads, these roads are dangerous in that they increase the likelihood of a head-on collision between any two vehicles.
Other Causes of Maryland Head-On Collisions
While road design may be one cause of head-on collisions, there is almost always more at play in these serious accidents. Generally speaking, head-on collisions are caused in part by either drunk driving, distracted driving, or aggressive driving.
- Drunk Driving: Drunk drivers are notorious for drifting in and out of their lane, increasing the chance that they will strike another car or motorcycle traveling in the opposite direction.
- Distracted Driving: When a driver is distracted by their cell phone, a passenger, or some other activity, they increase the chances of crossing into oncoming traffic.
- Aggressive Driving: When a motorist is driving aggressively and trying to pass other vehicles when they shouldn’t, they expose nearby motorcyclists to an increased risk of getting involved in a head on collision.
Regardless of the specific type of driving that resulted in the motorcycle head-on collision, innocent accident victims of a head-on collision should consult with an attorney to determine their legal rights.
Have You Been Injured in a Maryland Head-On Collision?
If you or a loved one has recently been injured in a serious or fatal head-on collision, or any other kind of motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. Depending on the surrounding circumstances, you may be entitled to compensation for past and future medical expenses, lost wages, and compensation for your pain and suffering. To learn more about how you may be able to recover for a head-on collision that you have been involved in, call 410-654-3600 to set up a free consultation with a dedicated motorcycle accident attorney.
More Blog Posts:
Episcopal Bishop Asked to Resign After Involvement in Fatal Bicycle Accident, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published February 26, 2015.
Head-On Collision between Two Motorcyclists Kills One, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published January 28, 2015.