High profile motorcycle accident cases can be a long and arduous process, compounded by delays related to the COVID-19 pandemic. In one instance, a 2019 case that killed seven motorcycle drivers only recently saw resolution—a resolution that likely brought little peace for the families and loved ones of those who died.
According to the prosecution in the case, a truck driver used heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine before beginning work. In addition to a history of drug use and a reckless driving record, the driver reportedly took his eyes off the road and reached for a drink, causing him to swerve into or past the center line of the road and strike the motorcyclists, killing seven members. The motorcyclists were part of a veteran motorcycle club out on a ride. Mixed reports state that the motorcyclists were driving under the influence of alcohol, and that the leader of the club was driving recklessly.
A recent article reports that jurors found the truck driver innocent when evidence contradicted whether or not he actually drove over the center line. In addition, conflicting evidence showed that the motorcycle club members called as witnesses were potentially lying about the sobriety level of the other members as part of an oath to protect and not disparage other members. The prosecution and defense presented very disparate theories of fault in this case, leading to the not guilty verdict.
In any case, the complexities of this case and the conflicting stories of fault showcase the difficulties Maryland accident victims may have in bringing personal injury claims after motorcycle accidents.
How Do You Prove Negligence in Maryland Motorcycle Accidents?
The amount of damages a plaintiff in a personal injury case can recover is highly dependent on what state the claim can be brought in. Unfortunately for Maryland motorcycle accident victims, Maryland applies a contributory negligence framework. That means even if you were only slightly responsible for an accident, you may not be able to recover any compensation or damages from the driver who was more substantially at fault. For example, if another driver was under the influence of alcohol and swerving into oncoming traffic, but you were distracted by your phone when the other driver hit you, a jury may find you partially liable for the accident and award you zero dollars in damages.
In complex cases like the motorcycle accident described above, an injured plaintiff should reach out to a Maryland personal injury attorney right away to evaluate their claims. An experienced car accident or wrongful death attorney can provide expert consultation and help evaluate your claims.
Call a Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a Maryland motorcycle accident, don’t delay. Reach out to the experienced attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen for a free consultation. The lawyers at Lebowitz & Mzhen have recovered over $65 million for our clients and have the expertise and skills needed to help you navigate your claims. To schedule your consultation today, contact us at 800-654-1949.