Earlier this month, one man was killed in a Maryland motorcycle accident in Berkeley County. According to a local news report, the accident occurred in the early morning hours on the 4000 block of Winchester Avenue.
Evidently, a pick-up truck was traveling northbound when it collided head-on with a southbound motorcycle. After the initial collision, both vehicles immediately caught fire. Emergency responders were quick to arrive on the scene, were unable to save the motorcyclist’s life.
Police began a preliminary investigation into the fatal Maryland motorcycle accident, and at this point believe that the pick-up truck had started to drift out of its land an into oncoming traffic prior to the collision. It remains to be seen if the driver of the pick-up truck will face criminal charges for his role in the fatal accident.
Recovering after a Fatal Maryland Motorcycle Accident
Losing a loved one in a Maryland motorcycle accident is a tragedy beyond comparison. In many cases, not only does a family lose a loved one, but also their means of support. While nothing can bring a loved one back, family members experiencing loss after a Maryland motorcycle accident may be able to pursue compensation through a Maryland wrongful death lawsuit.
In Maryland, a wrongful death case must be filed by a primary beneficiary if one exists. A primary beneficiary defined as a parent, spouse, or child. If the deceased does not have a primary beneficiary, then anyone related to the deceased by blood or marriage can bring the claim if they were substantially dependent on the deceased.
Once a party is determined to have the ability to bring a Maryland wrongful death claim, they must establish that the named defendant violated a duty of care that was owed to their loved one, and that this violation was the cause of their loved one’s death. For the most part, motorists owe a duty of care to those with whom they share the road. So, often Maryland motorcycle cases come down to whether the defendant violated that duty. A violation of a duty of care is shown through evidence indicating the defendant was distracted, intoxicated, or in violation of a traffic law at the time of the accident.
Anyone who has lost a loved one in a Maryland motorcycle accident should consult with a dedicated Maryland injury attorney to discuss their case further.
Do You Need an Attorney?
If you have recently been involved in a Maryland motorcycle accident yourself, or have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, contact the dedicated Maryland personal injury lawyers at the law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC today. At Lebowitz & Mzhen, we have assembled an experienced team of injury lawyers who are passionate about enforcing the rights of Maryland injury victims. We handle personal injury and wrongful death cases in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. To learn more, call 410-654-3600 to schedule a free consultation today. Calling is free, and you will not be billed for our services unless we can assist you in obtaining the compensation you deserve for the injuries or losses you have sustained.
More Blog Posts:
Is Evidence of a Motorcyclist’s Failure to Wear a Helmet Admissible as Evidence of His Own Negligence?, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published September 27, 2018.
The Dangers of Biking with Headphones in Maryland and Nationwide, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published October 4, 2018.