Motorcycle accidents are often misunderstood by many members of the general public, and this shouldn’t really come as a big surprise because most people don’t ride motorcycles as a primary means of transportation. However, it is more surprising – as well as more upsetting – when police subscribe to the same stereotypes that lead others to assume that any single-vehicle motorcycle accident was the rider’s fault.
While it is true that a large percentage of motorcycle accidents are caused by user error or aggressive driving, those are certainly not the only causes. In fact, other motorists failing to see or yield to a motorcyclist is one of the leading causes of motorcycle accidents. However, news reports routinely place the blame for motorcycle accidents on the rider, rather than consider alternate causes. In some cases, police will also take a “short cut” and, rather than conduct a thorough investigation into what really occurred, will claim that a motorcyclist “lost control” of the motorcycle, leading to the accident.
This can be devastating to the family of a deceased motorcyclist, not only because it leaves them without anyone to answer their questions about what happened, but also because it leaves them with little to no means of recourse.
Fatal Motorcycle Accident Determined to Be Caused by Driver’s Loss of Control
Earlier this month in Florida, a young woman was killed when she was involved in a single-vehicle motorcycle accident. According to one local news report, the accident occurred as the young woman was on her way to a memorial service for another motorcyclist who had passed away in a recent accident.
Evidently, the young woman was riding in a group consisting of several other motorcycles when she got into the accident. Police did not have much to go on when determining the cause of the accident, and they ruled that it was caused by the motorcyclist’s loss of control of the bike. However, friends and family members of the young woman told reporters that they don’t believe their loved one actually lost control but that she was clipped or cut off by a car that never stopped. The truth about what happened in the moments leading up to the accident may never be discovered, unless an in-depth investigation is conducted and more information acquired.
Have You Been Injured in a Maryland Motorcycle Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been involved in any kind of Maryland motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. At Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC, we understand that motorcycle accidents are often caused by others but blamed on the motorcyclist. We work hard for our clients to expose the truth behind what caused the accident resulting in their injury, and we do everything we can to seek fair compensation from the at-fault party. To learn more about Maryland motorcycle accidents, call 410-654-3600 to set up a free consultation with an attorney from Lebowitz & Mzhen.
More Blog Posts:
Off-Duty State Trooper Killed in Motorcycle Accident, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published May 12, 2016.
State Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Insurance Company in Multi-Vehicle Motorcycle Accident, Greatly Limiting Victims’ Damages, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published April 19, 2016.