Earlier this month in New Jersey, a motorcyclist was killed when a Ford Ranger attempted to make a left turn in front of the rider, causing the rider to collide with the side of the truck. According to a report by NJ.com, the accident occurred around six in the evening around East Veterans Highway and South Hope Chapel Road.
Evidently, the truck’s driver attempted to make a left-hand turn in front of the motorcyclist, cutting him off and leaving him no option but to slam into the side of the truck. The motorcyclist was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died of the injuries he sustained in the accident.
As police were investigating the accident scene, a woman drove over several of the cones and into the area where police were investigating. Upon stopping her, police determined that she was driving under the influence of drugs. The woman was cited for driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, possession of marijuana under 50 grams, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The driver of the Ford Ranger was cited for causing a death or injury while driving with a suspended driver’s license, failure to yield, driving an uninsured vehicle, and reckless driving.
Seeking Justice After a Maryland Motorcycle Accident
If you have recently been the victim of a Maryland motorcycle accident, you know how difficult it can be to get your life back on track. Aside from the physical recovery, there are the medical bills, insurance companies, salvaged vehicles, and, on top of everything else, finding a way to pay for everything.
Thankfully, in Maryland, motorcycle accident victims are entitled to recover from the driver who caused the accident resulting in their injury.
Determining Fault in Maryland Motorcycle Accidents
In Maryland, the accident victim must prove that the other driver was at fault by a preponderance of the evidence. While the “preponderance of the evidence” standard is a technical legal term, it essentially means more likely than not. In order to prove a case, a Maryland accident victim can point to traffic citations or criminal convictions for the conduct that is the basis of the action. For instance, if the case above were in Maryland, the motorcyclist’s family might wish to introduce into evidence the fact that the driver responsible for the accident was driving on an expired license and was also cited for other offenses.
Have You Been Involved in a Serious Maryland Motorcycle Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been involved in a serious motorcycle accident, you should speak with an experienced Maryland motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible. If another driver was negligent in causing the crash, you could be entitled to a significant recovery amount to compensate you for your injuries, including your medical bills as well as your pain and suffering. To learn more, contact one of the dedicated Maryland motorcycle accident attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen today. Click here, or call 410-654-3600 to schedule your free initial consultation.
More Blog Posts:
Prince George’s County Sees Four Fatal Motorcycle Accidents in Just Four Days, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published June 2, 2014.
Driver Kills Motorcyclist While Texting and Driving and Fined Only $500, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published May 19, 2014.