Dangers of New Traffic Configurations for Maryland Motorcyclists

As roads are often being repaired, traffic is frequently reconfigured as a result. Maryland’s current “Traffic Relief Plan” includes improvements to I-495, I-270, I-695, and I-95, potentially affecting traffic patterns on major roadways in the state. And while repairs can improve the safety and condition of roads, changes in traffic configurations can also lead to Maryland motorcycle crashes as people adjust to the new configurations. Particularly on routes they are familiar with, drivers may not expect the detours, shifting or narrowing of lanes, new roads, or other new configurations. If they are not paying close attention, they may veer off the road or lose control. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, construction projects have continued in Maryland. And although there was less traffic in Maryland in 2020 due to the pandemic, fatal crashes in the state increased by 12 percent from the previous year, and overall crashes increased by nine percent.

Maryland drivers are expected to exercise reasonable care while driving, which includes being vigilant and looking out for new traffic configurations. Even if a driver encounters a dangerous situation because of a new traffic configuration, the driver must still exercise reasonable care considering the circumstances. The driver is expected to exercise the degree of care that a reasonable, prudent person would, considering the circumstances and in light of the time that the driver has to evaluate the choices.

If a driver fails to exercise reasonable care and injures another person, the driver may be liable for those injuries. In a Maryland negligence claim, a plaintiff must show that a defendant had a legal duty to the plaintiff, the defendant failed to meet that duty by acting or failing to act in some way, the defendant’s wrongful act caused the plaintiff damages, and the plaintiff suffered damages. A plaintiff has to prove all elements of a negligence claim by a preponderance of the evidence. Maryland motorcycle crash victims may be able to recover financial compensation through a civil claim for medical bills, wage losses, pain and suffering, and other damages.

Motorcyclist Killed in Crash in New Roundabout

A man was killed in a recent motorcycle crash in a new roundabout that opened earlier this year, according to one news source. The 39-year-old motorcyclist was reportedly riding his motorcycle in this new traffic configuration on a Wednesday evening. The motorcycle was the only vehicle that was involved in the crash, according to the report. The crash is still being investigated.

Maryland Personal Injury Lawyers

When you are dealing with the aftermath of a serious Maryland motorcycle crash or any other type of accident, you cannot afford to go it alone or take any chances. At Lebowitz & Mzhen Personal Injury Lawyers, our compassionate attorneys take pride in advocating for the rights of victims against careless drivers, incompetent health care providers, and other defendants, as well as their insurers. To set up a free consultation regarding a personal injury or wrongful death claim, call Lebowitz & Mzhen at (410) 654-3600 or toll-free at (800) 654-1949, or you contact us through our online contact form.

 

 

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