It is considered common knowledge that motorcycle riders are at higher risk of injury and or death than car or truck riders, but the actual difference in risk is much more than one might think. In fact, some sources claim that for every mile traveled, motorcyclists are 35 times more likely than car riders to have a fatal accident. Given the great risk of motorcycle accidents and the potentially fatal results of such crashes, both motorcyclists and automobile drivers should take extreme care when it comes to navigating traffic situations involving motorcycles and sharing the road.
Tragic and horrifying accidents are unfortunately all too common in Maryland and show the need for car drivers and motorcyclists to engage in exceedingly careful when driving at high speeds near or around motorcycles. The smaller profile of motorcycles creates a greater likelihood of motorcycles occupying blind spots of larger vehicles and the open-aired nature of motorcycle riding creates a tremendous amount of potential for harm for the riders involved in any crashes. When operators of larger vehicles only look out for other large vehicles and cars and fail to pay special attention to motorcycles and smaller vehicles, it places the smaller vehicles at great risk. In the event that a driver fails to see another vehicle, resulting in a crash, they could face both civil and criminal legal liability. A recent news article discussed a local fatal motorcycle crash.
According to the local news article about a motorcycle accident in Maryland, the accident occurred early in the morning on Saturday, November 4, when three motorcycles traveling south on I-395 were struck from behind by an SUV. The crash occurred near Exit 8 for Route 27. The accident occurred around 4:40 am, and two of the motorcyclists were transported to a nearby hospital. One of the two succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. The other was treated for serious injuries. The third motorcyclist was unharmed, as was the driver of the SUV. According to law enforcement officials, the crash remains under investigation. Charges are pending.