Earlier this month near Frederick, Maryland, two people were taken to a Baltimore-area hospital after they were struck while riding a motorcycle. According to one local Frederick news report, the accident occurred on US 15, just outside the Frederick city limits around three in the afternoon.
Evidently, the driver of a black SUV was traveling northbound on US 15 when it failed to see the motorcycle and collided with it, causing the accident. The two people on the motorcycle were immediately taken to R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore via helicopter, according to emergency responders. Their condition upon admittance was not known, but it is believed that they will make a full recovery.
There is no indication that drugs or alcohol were involved in the serious motorcycle accident, and police have not yet told reporters if they plan on charging the driver of the SUV with any traffic offense. However, given the nature of the accident, it would seem likely that the driver will at least be ticketed for failure to yield.
Maryland Motorcycle Accidents
As the weather gets nicer in the coming weeks, more and more motorcyclists will be picking up their helmets and hitting the open road. However, as they do so, it is important that they keep in mind most motorists have not been around motorcyclists for the past few months and may be negligent when it comes to keeping an eye out for them.
The same attributes that make motorcycles enjoyable to ride also make them dangerous insofar as they are difficult to spot for other drivers. This does not mean that a motorcycle accident can be attributed to a rider for the mere fact that they chose to drive a motorcycle rather than a car, however. All drivers are responsible to safely operate their vehicle within the bounds of the law, and this includes keeping an eye out for motorcycles, scooters, and bicyclists. As long as a motorcyclist is not breaking a traffic law at the time of the accident, they may be entitled to monetary compensation for their injuries.
Most often, compensation packages stemming from motorcycle accidents include amounts of past and future medical expenses and lost wages or decrease in earning capacity, as well as the rider’s pain and suffering stemming from the accident. To learn more about Maryland motorcycle cases, contact a dedicated Maryland motorcycle accident attorney.
Have You Been Injured in a Maryland Motorcycle Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been involved in a Maryland motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. However, in order to do so you will likely need to deal with the other driver’s insurance company, which may be reluctant to pay out what you deserve. In fact, in many cases we see, unrepresented plaintiffs are made lowball offers by insurance companies in hopes that they will take the offer, absolving the company of its true liability. Call 410-654-3600 to speak free of charge with an attorney about your case before accepting any offer from an insurance company.
More Blog Posts:
Episcopal Bishop Asked to Resign After Involvement in Fatal Bicycle Accident, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published February 26, 2015.
Motorcyclist Killed in I-795 Accident in Baltimore County, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published April 27, 2015.