Anyone familiar with riding a motorcycle knows that there are certain unavoidable dangers that confront riders every time they get on a bike. Whether it is an intoxicated or distracted driver or a motorist who misjudges the speed at which a motorcyclist is traveling, many of the risks facing motorcyclists are beyond their control. However, of all of the dangers out there, one of the biggest dangers to motorcyclists is aggressive or distracted drivers.
Distracted driving is a broad term used to describe any time a motorist’s attention is diverted anywhere other than the road ahead of them. The reasons for distracted driving vary, but commonly distracted driving involves the use of a cell phone to talk or text. In some cases, a driver can be distracted by other passengers, by eating or drinking, or by adjusting the volume on the radio or the coordinates on the GPS system. In any event, distracted driving is dangerous, and the law discourages the behavior by allowing anyone injured by a distracted driver to hold the distracted driver accountable through a personal injury lawsuit.
Of course, proving that a driver was distracted is not always easy, and it is best left to an experienced personal injury attorney. With an attorney’s help, accident victims may be able to obtain cell-phone records, traffic-camera footage, or witness testimony to establish that another driver was not paying attention.
Red-Light Accident Claims Motorcyclist’s Life
Earlier this month, a motorcyclist was involved in a fatal accident when he entered a suburban intersection at the same time as another motorist, causing a collision between the two vehicles. According to a local news report, the accident occurred as the motorcyclist entered the intersection heading southbound, and the other car entered the intersection heading eastbound. Reports indicate that one of the motorists ran a red light; however, authorities are still in the process of conducting the investigation into the fatal accident to determine which of the two motorists may have run the red light. It was not mentioned if the intersection has cameras installed.
One of the responding officers told reporters that “people aren’t paying attention.” He elaborated that “It’s these nice days that we have these bad accidents on. I think people are distracted thinking about other things and that leads to these kind of fatal accidents.”
Have You Been Injured by a Distracted Driver?
If you or a loved one has recently been involved in a Maryland motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. Even if the other driver was not cited for his role in causing the accident, you may still be eligible for compensation. Call the Maryland-based law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC at 410-654-3600 to speak with a dedicated personal injury attorney about your case. We represent clients across Maryland, Virginia, and the Washington, D.C. areas. Calling is free, and we will not bill you for our services unless we are able to help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
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Scooter Accidents on Maryland Roads, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published May 11, 2017.
Motorcycle Accidents Involving Government Employees, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published June 6, 2017.