A Maryland chain-reaction car accident is one in which an initial collision between two or more vehicles starts a series of events in motion that ultimately causes subsequent accidents. Motorcyclists are especially at risk for getting involved in a chain-reaction accident because they are often unable to stop in time or steer clear of an upcoming collision.
Chain reaction accidents can be very dangerous, especially for motorcyclists who lack the protection provided by a car’s steel frame. Even an accident involving relatively slow speeds can throw a motorcyclist off their bike and onto the pavement, where they are at risk for being hit by another vehicle. In this situation, even wearing a helmet will not fully protect a rider from serious injury or death.
Everyone shares the responsibility to make the road a safe place. Motorists must maintain constant awareness of their surroundings, and should be sure to leave other vehicles with enough room to stop or take evasive actions, when necessary. However, in reality, motorists who travel on busy Maryland roads every day often adopt aggressive driving habits that put motorcycles at risk. When a motorist’s dangerous driving causes or contributes to a Maryland motorcycle accident, that motorist may be liable for the motorcyclist’s injuries.
Maryland Motorcyclist Killed in Chain-Reaction Crash with Ice Cream Truck
Earlier this month, a fatal Maryland motorcycle accident in La Plata claimed one man’s life and seriously injured three others. According to a recent news report, a driver of a Honda SUV was traveling on Radio Station Road at around 4 p.m. when he inexplicably crossed over the center median line and into oncoming traffic. The motorist collided head-on with an approaching ice cream truck, throwing the driver of the truck from the vehicle. The Honda skidded off the road, crashing into a tree before catching fire. Bystanders rescued the driver from the burning vehicle.
The carnage from the initial wreck caused approaching motorists to crash, including the operator of a Harley Davidson motorcycle. The motorcyclist was thrown from his bike as he attempted to avoid the approaching collision. Sadly, he was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency responders. Three other people involved in the chain-reaction accident were taken by helicopter to a nearby hospital. Several others suffered only minor injuries.
Law enforcement officers are still conducting an investigation into the fatal accident. Charges are pending the result of the investigation.
Have You Been Injured in a Maryland Motorcycle Accident?
If you or someone you love has recently been injured in a Maryland motorcycle accident, contact the dedicated injury lawyers at Lebowitz & Mzhen, Personal Injury Lawyers. At Lebowitz & Mzhen, we pride ourselves in providing each of our clients with an exceptional level of service, from the moment we meet up through the resolution of your case. We offer all prospective clients a free consultation to discuss their case, as well as talk about how we can help them pursue a claim for compensation. To learn more, call 800-654-1949 to schedule your free consultation today. Calling is free, and we will not bill you for our services unless we can help you recover for your injuries.