Driving Under the Influence Under Investigation in Fatal Motorcycle Crash

Approximately 72 percent of motorcyclists are injured when they crash. Motorcycle riders are not protected by their vehicle in the way that the occupants of a car are. The smaller profile of motorcycles leaves them vulnerable to car and truck blind spots and the open nature of motorcycles can throw drivers from the vehicle upon impact during a crash. Because of this, on average, driving or riding on a motorcycle is more dangerous than driving cars. Unfortunately, Maryland drivers are all too familiar with the dangers of motorcycle driving. Maryland on average has 73 motorcycle rider and passenger deaths per year and averages an additional 1,046 riders or drivers injured each year. This issue has continued to get worse in Maryland, with the state seeing an increase in motorcycle crashes from 2019 to 2020. A recent news article discussed a serious fatal multi-vehicle motorcycle crash.

According to the news article, the fatal accident happened on Monday, April 1 at the intersection of Lee Street and Lakeside Drive. According to authorities, the incident claimed the life of Anthony James, 29, of Alexandria. The Alexandria Police Department said their preliminary investigation revealed that the driver of an SUV failed to yield when turning onto Lee Street from Lakeside Drive, and crashed into James, who was riding a motorcycle. Both drivers were taken to a local hospital for treatment. James later succumbed to his injuries. Authorities stated that a routine toxicology test was taken from the driver of the SUV and that those results are pending. There is an ongoing investigation into the cause of the crash.

Does My Negligence Affect My Maryland Case?

Contributory Negligence is a legal concept that potentially prevents plaintiffs in an accident case from receiving recovery for injuries resulting from a crash if their negligence contributed to the accident to any degree. Essentially, even if the negligence of the operator of another vehicle is largely responsible for the accident if the plaintiff was even a little negligent, it is possible they will not be able to recover compensation. In Maryland, contributory negligence is interpreted very broadly, allowing minor negligence by the plaintiff in personal injury cases to defeat even very strong claims.

Have You Been Harmed in a Maryland Automobile Accident?

If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident in the Prince George’s, Baltimore, Charles, or Montgomery County region, let the experienced attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen help you recover the damages you deserve. Expenses and injuries from a motor vehicle accident can quickly become overwhelming, and having a talented team of lawyers by your side can make all the difference. Our attorneys have successfully represented injured people at every stage of the process, ensuring that they obtain the proper damages they deserve. With our team, you can have faith that your claim is being pursued properly. If you have questions about your case, call us today at 800-654-1949 and schedule a free and no-obligation initial consultation with a Maryland injury lawyer at our office.

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