Determining Liability in Maryland Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accident victims have a long road to recovery. At first, there are the physical injuries and emotional trauma that are common after most motorcycle injuries. However, even after the body and mind have healed as best they can, accident victims are often left with recurring symptoms, lingering injuries, and mounting medical bills. As a result, many motorcycle accident victims choose to file personal injury lawsuits against the party or parties responsible for causing the accident resulting in their injuries.

Street SweeperWhen a motorcycle accident victim files a personal injury lawsuit, they will need to name all potentially liable parties who may have caused or contributed to the accident. In some cases, this is an easy task. However, in other cases, especially single-vehicle accidents, determining which parties are at fault can be difficult. In some cases, the poor design of a road or a poorly maintained road can create a very dangerous situation for motorcyclists.

An experienced personal injury attorney can be of great assistance to victims when the only potentially liable parties are government entities. This is because many times government entities are protected from some personal injury lawsuits due to governmental immunity.

Motorcyclist Rear-Ends Street Sweeper

Earlier this month, a motorcyclist was killed when he rear-ended a street sweeper. According to one local news source covering the tragic accident, the 55-year-old motorcyclist was driving behind a street-sweeper that had been cleaning the street moments before the accident. Evidently, the street-sweeper had generated a large amount of dust, forming an opaque cloud and preventing the motorcyclist from seeing the street-sweeper.

When the motorcyclist ran into the rear-end of the street-sweeper, he was thrown from the bike and into the rear of the vehicle. He was taken to the hospital and was sadly pronounced dead a short time later.

Police began an investigation into the accident but have not yet released who owned the street-sweeper. However, it is possible that the city where the accident occurred either was the owner of the street-sweeper or had contracted the duty to clean the streets to a third party. If this was the case, the city could be a liable party. However, any wrongful death lawsuit that the family of the deceased motorcyclist may file would have to overcome the potential issue of governmental immunity.

Have You Been Injured in a Maryland Motorcycle Accident?

If you or a loved one has recently been injured in any kind of Maryland motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for all that you have been put through. This may include amounts for your past and future medical expenses, lost wages, and any pain and suffering you have endured. Call the Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. injury lawyers at Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC at 410-654-3600 to set up a free consultation to discuss your case. The skilled personal injury attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen have decades of experience successfully handling all kinds of car, truck, and motorcycle accidents.

More Blog Posts:

Drunk Driving Accidents and the Presumption of Negligence, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published October 6, 2016.

Drunk Driving Accidents and Negligence Per Se, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published September 22, 2016.

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