One of the most common causes of serious or fatal motorcycle accidents involving another vehicle is that vehicle’s failure to yield to the motorcyclist. Whether it is because the motorist is unfamiliar with sharing the road with motorcyclists, fails to see the motorcyclist, or misjudges the speed at which a motorcycle is traveling, the root cause is the same: negligence on the part of the motorist.
When a motorcyclist is injured in a motorcycle accident, the unfortunate reality is that people will often initially look for ways to blame the motorcyclist. For whatever reason, all motorcyclists get a bad reputation, although very few motorcyclists drive recklessly. In fact, less than half of all motorcycle accidents are caused by motorcyclist error. Regardless, from the police who investigate the accidents to the news media who report on them, it is all too common to see accidents prematurely labeled as the motorcyclist’s fault.
Motorcyclists who have been injured in a serious accident may be entitled to monetary compensation for their injuries through a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party. Even if the police investigating the accident seemed biased and failed to issue a citation to the other motorist, a personal injury lawsuit may still be possible.
Motorcyclist Killed in Recent Failure-to-Yield Accident
Earlier this month, a motorcyclist in Florida was killed when she was struck by a motorist while driving on the highway. According to a local news report covering the tragic accident, the collision occurred in the mid-afternoon hours. Evidently, the motorcyclist and the other motorist were both heading south on the highway when the motorist crossed three lanes of traffic and collided with the motorcyclist. The motorcyclist was immediately taken to an area hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
The police conducted a brief investigation and determined that the motorist was at fault for the accident. The investigating officer told reporters that it looked as though the motorist tried to make a last-minute turn off the highway by crossing all three lanes of traffic at once, but they failed to see the motorcyclist. The motorist was issued a citation for failing to yield to the motorcyclist.
Have You Been a Victim of a Driver’s Negligence?
If you or a loved one has recently been a victim of a Maryland motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. The skilled personal injury attorneys at the Maryland law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen understand the stigma that motorcycle accident victims unnecessarily face. We tailor our representation to meet the needs of our individual clients, focusing on ensuring that the process is as painless as possible. With thousands of successful verdicts and settlements, we know what it takes to successfully represent accident victims. Call 410-654-3600 today to set up a free consultation. Calling to speak with an attorney will not result in any obligation on your part, and we won’t collect any fees unless we are successful in helping you obtain the compensation you deserve.
More Blog Posts:
Motorcyclist and Traffic Fatalities Increase in Maryland and Across United States, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published December 6, 2016.
Fatal Bicycle Accident Will Not Result in Any Charges Being Filed Against Motorist, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published December 20, 2016.