Recently, two individuals riding a motorcycle were seriously injured when they collided with a pickup truck making a left turn, leading to the tragic death of the 27-year-old passenger. According to a local news report covering the incident, the crash occurred at around 9:30 in the evening, and the driver of the motorcycle, who survived, had to be taken to the hospital for their injuries. In addition to being tragic, this accident highlights one of the major risks posed to Maryland motorcyclists: left-turn accidents.
Left-turn accidents can be dangerous for anyone, including those in cars, trucks, and pedestrians. However, motorcyclists are particularly at risk of significant injury and death when these accidents occur because their bodies are relatively unprotected from the impact with other vehicles or the road, even if wearing a helmet. A left-turn accident with a motorcyclist can lead to life-altering injuries, including broken bones, spinal injuries, brain injuries, skull fractures, and more. Unfortunately, this type of accident is also one of the most common types of motorcycle accidents, and those on the road should take extra precautions to avoid them.
There are a number of reasons that these crashes may occur. One of the major reasons is visibility. Because motorcycles are significantly smaller than cars and trucks, it may be difficult for other motorists to see them, and they may not realize the risk when they decide to make a left turn. Distracted driving also increases the risk for these accidents—if a driver is texting, eating, talking on a cell-phone, or even just distracted by a flashy billboard or something he is driving by, he may not notice a motorcycle and may make left turns without stopping to ensure the coast is clear.
Unfortunately, when these accidents occur, nothing can undo the damage that they cause. However, individuals injured in these accidents may be able to find some solace by filing a personal injury suit against the responsible driver, in order to recover financially for their injuries. These suits, if successful, can provide victims with much-needed money to cover medical bills and lost wages, ensuring they do not go bankrupt as a result of the accident. In order to recover through a personal injury suit, the plaintiff must prove that the negligent driver had a duty of care to drive carefully, breached that duty in some way, that the breach caused the accident, and that the plaintiff suffered damages as a result. While this process may seem straightforward, it can be deceptively difficult. Failure to prove even just one of these elements can ruin a plaintiff’s chance at recovery.
Have You Been Injured In a Maryland Motorcycle Accident?
If you or someone you love has recently been injured in a Maryland motorcycle accident, you may be able to recover for your injuries through a personal injury lawsuit. Filing a personal injury claim can help to ensure you have the money you need to pay bills and medical expenses, so you can focus on recovery rather than worrying about finances. To help you through this process, contact the attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen, Personal Injury Lawyers. With dedicated, experienced, and compassionate attorneys, you can trust your case is in good hands with our firm. Learn more by scheduling a free consultation today by calling 800-654-1949. You can also contact us through our online form.