According to police and reports, two motorcyclists were killed earlier this month in an accident involving a minivan.
According to Maryland State Police, the accident which occurred near the intersection of Route 301 and Short Cut Road, involved two motorcycles and a minivan. Reportedly, the motorcyclists were travelling at a fast speed in a group of six motorcycles. When a minivan pulled into their path, two of the bikers hit the van so hard that it allegedly flipped three times, resulting in the instantaneous death of the two riders.
This was the third serious motorcycle crash in the D.C. area within recent weeks, and was also the second motorcycle accident to result in a fatality. The other two accidents both occurred on Interstate 95.
The circumstances surrounding the crash remain unclear, for example why the minivan pulled into the group of motorcycles. Perhaps the driver was unaware of the exact location of the motorcycles.
Motorcycles and their drivers are particularly susceptible to becoming involved in serious accidents such as in this case, due to their potential for speed, their low visibility, and the fact that they are much smaller, and thus at a major weight disadvantage when involved in a collision.
That being said, all drivers share a responsibility for driving safely, which includes paying attention to the road and routinely checking blind spots for other drivers. This is the only way to ensure the safe sharing of the road.
If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, the first thing that you should do is call the police, if you are physically able to do so. It is critical that the police begin the process of documenting what happened at the accident scene as soon as possible. Next, seek immediate medical attention, even if you don’t think that the injuries you have suffered are severe. Proper medical documentation is integral in assessing the full extent of damage caused by the accident and in establishing an evidentiary record. Lastly, contact an attorney who is experienced in representing individuals who have been in motorcycle accidents. The law allows for fair compensation for both the injuries themselves–e.g. road rash, broken bones, damaged knees, sprained muscles, ligaments, and tendons–and also related damages, such as lost wages, medical bills, and property damage, such as repair or replacement of the motorcycle itself.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a Maryland motorcycle accident, contact the experienced personal injury law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen Personal Injury Lawyers. Our motorcycle accident attorneys have the experience and skills to successfully handle your motorcycle injury case. We have successfully represented both motorcyclists and their passengers who have been injured because of another person’s negligence. Contact us today in order to schedule your initial complimentary consultation. You can reach us through our website, or by calling 1-800-654-1949.
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Bicycle Accident Could Have Ended University of Maryland Basketball Player Seth Allen’s Athletic Career, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published April 16, 2013
For Motorcycle Riders All Around Maryland, Spring Means Getting Back on the Road… Safely, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published April 8, 2013