The loss of any life to a senseless traffic accident is tragic to say the least, but the death of a young person is doubly so. Motor vehicle collisions happen quite frequently, but motorcyclists especially know that danger lurks around every corner. What can start out as a pleasant afternoon ride can end in pain and costly medical care, and that’s if one is lucky.
As a Baltimore motorcycle accident lawyer and personal injury attorney, my sympathies go out to anyone who loses a loved one as a result of a bike accident. Regardless of whether you ride a chopper, cruiser, standard or so-called “crotch rocket,” every rider faces the same set of risks on Maryland’s roadways.
Any kind of accident is hard for the survivors to deal with, but a single-bike crash can leave them wondering what went wrong. Although driver error is always at the top of the lit, other factors can conspire to cause an accident. Defective brakes, wheel bearings, faulty tires and poor motorcycle maintenance are just a few of the potential causes of a serious wreck.
Just recently a young girl was riding with her dad on his motorcycle when he apparently lost control and crashed the bike. According to news reports, the father, 42-year-old Brian Ross Little couldn’t maintain control of his bike at the Darlington intersection in Harford County. Police reports indicated that the 14-year-old passenger, Little’s daughter Lauryn Marie, was thrown from the vehicle when it crashed into the rear of a van at the intersection.
Maryland State Police said that both the father and daughter, both Whiteford residents, were thrown from the man’s Harley-Davidson during the collision just before 5pm in the afternoon. Emergency responders arriving at the scene likely treated the injured riders and then transported them to local hospitals for further medical attention. According to reports, the teen was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, where she was pronounced dead. The father was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.
Motorcycle accident claims life of 14-year-old Harford Co. girl, BaltimoreSun.com, September 3, 2010