Maryland offers thousands of miles of beautiful wooded roads, perfect for those looking to take a relaxing ride. However, anyone who has spent more than a few minutes on a motorcycle knows the anxiety that comes along with driving a motorcycle. No matter how confident a motorcyclist is in their own abilities, there is always the chance that another driver will cause an unavoidable accident.
As with other auto accidents, there are many causes of Maryland motorcycle accidents. However, many of the major causes of motorcycle accidents are different from the causes of car accidents. For example, one of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents is when a driver makes a lane change into a motorcyclist. While this does occur among cars and trucks, it is much less common because these vehicles have a much larger profile and are easier to spot. Another common danger motorcyclists face is a car door that suddenly opens directly into a motorcyclist’s path, leaving little to no time for reaction.
Of course, other causes, such as drunk driving and distracted driving, are constant threats regardless of which type of vehicle a motorist is operating. In fact, it is estimated that these two causes alone explain about half of all motorcycle accidents. Lawmakers have tried to reduce instances of drunk and distracted driving by criminalizing the conduct, but some motorists do not seem to get the point.
Motorcyclist Killed in Tragic Double Accident
Earlier this month, one man was killed when he was struck by a motorist after he had been struck by a hit-and-run driver. According to a local news report, the motorcyclist was driving on the highway when he was struck by another vehicle. The collision caused the motorcyclist to be ejected from the bike, and he landed on the roadway.
The motorist who caused the initial collision fled the scene, continuing down the highway. Moments later, a woman in a Toyota collided with the motorcyclist as he was picking himself up off the ground. Witnesses attempted to help the motorcyclist, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police are conducting an investigation into the fatal motorcycle accident but have not yet been able to locate the hit-and-run driver responsible for the initial collision. They did, however, arrest the driver of the Toyota on suspicion of driving under the influence.
Have You Been Injured in a Maryland Motorcycle Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. The dedicated Maryland personal injury and wrongful death attorneys at the law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC have extensive experience assisting motorcycle accident victims with pursuing the compensation that they deserve. We represent victims in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. To learn more, call 410-654-3600 to schedule your free consultation with an attorney today.
More Blog Posts:
Establishing Liability Following a Maryland Hit-and-Run Accident, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published March 21, 2018.
What Happens When a Bicyclist Is Partially at Fault in a Maryland Bike Accident?, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published March 6, 2018.