Earlier this week in Hyattsville, Maryland, an accident between a motorcycle and a car resulted in the death of a seven-year-old pedestrian who was standing near the scene of the accident. According to one local news report, the accident occurred in the afternoon hours on the East-West highway, between Belcrest and Toledo Roads.
Evidently, the motorcyclist was heading west when an eastbound car attempted to make a turn in front of him. The motorcycle crashed into the side of the turning vehicle, and the rider was sent flying over the car. The motorcycle ricocheted off the car and was sent into a crowd, where it collided with four people.
All four of the people struck by the errant motorcycle were taken to the hospital with varying injuries. Three of the four pedestrians taken to the hospital are expected to recover from their injuries. However, one seven-year-old boy tragically passed away from the injuries he sustained in the accident. The driver of the motorcycle did not sustain life-threatening injuries.
Liability in Motorcycle Accidents
Whenever an accident is caused by another driver’s negligence, there may be the possibility of a lawsuit brought against that driver by anyone else injured in the accident. In motorcycle accidents, these lawsuits are most commonly brought by the injured motorcyclist. However, the law does not prevent others injured in serious or fatal motorcycle accidents from seeking recovery, as long as they suffered some kind of injury.
Forseeability in Personal Injury Accidents
The legal doctrine that allows accident victims to seek financial compensation permits any “foreseeable” victim to recover. Forseeability is broadly interpreted by courts when it comes to auto accidents, and it generally means anyone who uses the roadway.
For example, pedestrians on the side of the road, while not motorists themselves, are likely foreseeable victims of a traffic accident that occurred at a nearby intersection. Since foreseeability is interpreted broadly, almost any accident victim who was injured in a Maryland car accident may qualify for monetary compensation. Of course, the other elements of a lawsuit must be met as well. This includes showing that the driver’s conduct was legally negligent and also proving that the injuries suffered were a result of the driver’s negligent conduct. For more information about Maryland personal injury lawsuits, contact a dedicated Maryland personal injury attorney.
Have You Been Injured in a Maryland Motorcycle Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been injured in a Maryland motorcycle accident—regardless of whether you were the driver, a passenger, or a bystander—you may be entitled to monetary compensation for your injuries. Keep in mind that the road to recovery can be a lengthy one, and it often involves complex legal doctrines that are best handled by experienced attorneys. The skilled advocates at the Maryland personal injury law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen Personal Injury Lawyers have decades of experience bringing cases on behalf of injured Marylanders and know what it takes to be successful in all types of personal injury actions, including motorcycle accidents. Call 410-654-6500 today to set up a free consultation.
More Blog Posts:
Virginia Man Killed in Motorcycle Accident Involving Two Motorcycles and One Truck in Fairfax County, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published May 27, 2015.
Motorcyclist Killed in I-795 Accident in Baltimore County, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published April 27, 2015.