One fact that becomes quite clear, having represented numerous victims of motorcycle accidents, is that bikes offer next to no protection for their riders. It makes little difference whether you ride a Harley, Suzuki, Yamaha or Honda, larger vehicle including cars, SUVs, minivans and semi tractor-trailers can inflict serious injuries to a rider in the case of a crash. Deaths from car-bike wrecks and bike-truck accidents are also common.
It is because of this fact that riding a motorcycle leaves very little margin for error. The freedom of two-wheel travel on the open road must always be balanced by the dangers awaiting even the most careful biker. This is why, as a Maryland motorcycle accident lawyer, I am quick to remind anyone contemplating owning a chopper, cruiser, standard or so-called crotch-rocket, be careful and use every piece of safety equipment available to you.
One recent motorcycle crash points out the potential finality of any traffic accident. According to news reports, a 31-year-old rider died following a collision with a van on Route 301 in Waldorf, MD. The accident occurred late on a Saturday afternoon when Deven Rachar Blackshear hit the side of a 2005 Chrysler Town & Country that was pulling out of a parking lot onto the highway.
According to Maryland State Police, the man’s Ducati was traveling northbound on U.S. 301 near Route 5 just before 6pm when his motorcycle hit the minivan and went airborne. The rider and bike traveled a short distance and collided with a southbound Chevrolet HHR. Police claim that the speed of the 2009 Ducati played a part in the fatal accident.
As a result of the crash, Blackshear reportedly suffered from severe head trauma and a broken neck. He was transported by police medivac helicopter to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, but died not long after from his injuries.
The Town & Country driver, Abigail Jaye Nabors, 33, of Waldorf, and a 2-year-old child riding in the rear seat of the van were both flown to Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., according to reports.
A 16-year-old who was driving the Chevrolet and a 46-year-old passenger reportedly did not receive any injuries.
Cycle accident kills driver, 31, SdMdNews.com, March 31, 2010