Without a doubt, motorcycle riding gives its fans a wonderful experience of freedom and adventure. There is little in the way of affordable fun that provides that same level of joy and excitement on the open road. But as a Maryland motorcycle accident attorney, I know the downside to all that fun and adventure. Sadly, when a rider is involved in a highway accident, especially at cruising speeds or involving a large commercial truck, the result can be nothing less than tragic.
While riding provides an unparalleled traveling experience, the pleasure of a two-wheel excursion must always be balanced against the dangers inherent with the sport. Not long ago a news article point out that fact in no uncertain terms.
According to the article, a woman was killed when the bike she and her husband were traveling on went out of control and crashed in Baltimore County. Based on police reports, the accident occurred on Putty Hill Avenue just after 12:30am in mid-July.
The early morning accident reportedly happened because the driver lost control of the bike and it skidded into an oncoming vehicle. According to reports, as the biker lost control of his 2005 Harley Davidson, the motorcycle skidded onto its right side and slid across the center line of the roadway, crashing into the left-hand front tire of a 2001 Chevy Tahoe.
The passenger, Kimberly Jean Bortell, was ejected from the bike and struck the bodywork of the SUV, killing her instantly according to Baltimore County Police. Bortell’s husban, Charles Joseph Bortell, was only injured in the crash. After emergency responders arrived they treated the man and then transported him to Bayview Hospital for additional medical attention.
No mention was made whether or not the accident was a result of driver error or defective equipment, such as a worn tire that may have lost pressure. At the time of the article, police were still investigating the crash.
Woman killed in motorcycle accident on Putty Hill Avenue, ABC2News.com, July 18, 2010