Long-term Motorcycle Accident Brain Injury Result in Death of Rider Nearly 20 Years After Crash

It is common knowledge that motorcycle riders are at greater risk of injury and or death than car riders, but the actual disparity in risk is rather stunning. In fact, some sources claim that for every mile traveled, motorcyclists are 35 times more likely than car riders to have a fatal accident. Given the tremendous risk of motorcycle accidents and the potentially fatal results of such crashes, both motorcyclists and drivers of cars should take extreme precautions when it comes to navigating traffic situations involving motorcycles and sharing the road. A recent news article discussed a motorcycle rider who passed away from injury complications stemming from a crash nearly 20 years prior.

According to the local news article the original accident occurred on the morning of June 1, 2004, when the rider collided with a pickup truck at the intersection of Route 309 and Route 143 in Lynn Township. The rider was on his motorcycle that morning when he collided with the pickup truck. Now, nearly 20 years later, on Sunday, December 31, 2023, the Northampton County man passed away from injuries sustained in the original crash. A Lehigh County Coroner stated in a news release that the Northampton motorcycle rider died at 10:50 pm on Sunday at St. Luke’s Hospital-Allentown, from complications from a traumatic brain injury sustained in the motorcycle accident in 2004.

Why Are Motorcycle Accidents More Common than Car Accidents?

Motorcycle accidents are tragic and horrifying, and unfortunately, such crashes are all too common in Maryland. The long-term impact of such accidents shows the need for car drivers and motorcyclists to engage in exceedingly careful when driving at high speeds near or around motorcycles. The smaller profile of motorcycles creates a greater likelihood of motorcycles occupying blind spots of larger vehicles and the open nature of motorcycle riding creates unique harm for riders involved in any crashes. When operators of larger vehicles only look out for other large vehicles and cars and fail to pay special attention to motorcycles and smaller vehicles, it places the smaller vehicles at great risk. In the event that a driver fails to see another vehicle, resulting in a crash, they could face both civil and criminal legal liability.

Is There a Statute of Limitation for Maryland Motorcycle Accidents?

Yes, the statute of limitation for Maryland motorcycle accidents is three years. However, it is important to act on a claim earlier rather than later, as delays could decrease the chances of a successful claim. Waiting too long could make it difficult to locate witnesses and secure evidence that could be vital to proving a case.

Have You Been Hurt in a Motorcycle Crash?

If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident in the Prince George’s, Baltimore, Charles, or Montgomery County region, let the attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen help you recover the damages you deserve. Expenses and injuries from a motorcycle accident can quickly become overwhelming, and having an experienced team of lawyers by your side can make all the difference. Our attorneys have successfully represented injury victims at every stage of the process, ensuring that they obtain the proper damages. With our team, you can have faith that your claim is being pursued properly. If you have questions about your case, call us today at 800-654-1949 and schedule a free and no-obligation initial consultation with a Maryland injury lawyer at our office.

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