In most Maryland motorcycle accidents, the parties involved each has their own version of what happened in the moments leading up to the crash. Often, this results in both sides telling their story to the jury, and the jury determining which of the parties’ version of the events is most credible. Of course, the other evidence presented at trial also plays an important role in assessing a witness’ credibility.
One particularly strong type of evidence is a motorist’s decision to leave the scene after an accident before the police arrive. Jurors may rightly wonder why an innocent driver would attempt to flee the scene of an accident. Additionally, a motorist’s decision to leave the scene while there are others who were involved in the crash and may be in immediate need of medical attention shows a certain callousness. For these reasons, Maryland hit-and-run accidents are often strong cases for the accident victim.
After any Maryland traffic accident resulting in injury, property damage, or death, all motorists involved in the collision must stop and provide their name, address, vehicle registration, and insurance information. Additionally, motorists must “render reasonable assistance” to anyone who was injured in the accident when the injured party requests assistance or if it is reasonably apparent that they require medical assistance. A motorist’s failure to comply with these requirements can not only result in criminal sanctions, but can also be the basis of an independent Maryland personal injury lawsuit.
Two Killed in Hit-and-Run Motorcycle Accident
In May 2019, a motorcyclist and his passenger were both killed when another vehicle attempted to make a left turn in front of the motorcycle, causing the two vehicles to collide. According to a local news report covering the tragic accident, the accident took place at around 1 a.m. as the eastbound motorcycle approached a westbound Dodge Charger. As the driver of the Charger attempted to pull into an apartment complex, the motorcyclist was unable to avoid the vehicle and crashed into the passenger side door. Both driver and passenger were thrown from the motorcycle. The driver of the motorcycle was pronounced dead at the scene, and the passenger was taken to the hospital, where she died a short time later.
Police noted that the motorcycle was believed to be traveling at a “high rate of speed,” however, it is unclear why authorities think that to be the case. After the accident, the driver of the Charger fled the scene. Police are investigating the hit-and-run crash and have still not located the driver.
Have You Been Injured in a Maryland Motorcycle Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been injured in a Maryland motorcycle accident, contact the dedicated Maryland personal injury lawyers at the law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC. At Lebowitz & Mzhen, we have decades of experience assisting injury victims and their families pursue claims for compensation against those who are responsible for their injuries. We accept accident cases arising in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. To learn more about how we can help you obtain the compensation you deserve for the injuries you have sustained, call 410-654-3600 to schedule a free consultation today.