Earlier this month, a Maryland motorcyclist was killed after he intentionally laid his motorcycle down to avoid an imminent collision. According to a local news report covering the tragic accident, the crash occurred near the intersection of Abingdon Road and Windy Laurel Drive in Abingdon, shortly before noon. Weather conditions were clear.
Evidently, the motorcyclist was traveling eastbound on Abingdon Road when a westbound minivan attempted to make a left turn in front of the motorcycle. While there have not been any eyewitnesses that have come forward, after investigating the scene of the accident police believe that the motorcyclist laid down the motorcycle in an attempt to avoid a collision with the minivan. The motorcyclist was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center where he later died from the injuries he sustained in the accident.
Police urged all motorists to “pay attention,” explaining that motorists should be especially careful this time of year, when more motorcycles are on the road. The accident remains under investigation, and no criminal charges have been filed against the driver of the minivan.
Pursuing a Claim for Compensation after a Maryland Motorcycle Accident
All motorists have an obligation to drive in a safe and responsible manner, regardless of the current road conditions. However, on occasion, even a well-intentioned driver can experience a momentary lapse of judgment. It may be that their attention was diverted from the road, or that they were in a hurry and failed to thoroughly check their surroundings before making a turn. While a negligent motorist may not intend for their actions to have hurt another person, the reality is that it only takes a split-second to cause a serious Maryland motorcycle accident.
The victims of a Maryland motorcycle accident are entitled to pursue a claim for compensation against the party or parties they believe to be at fault for their injuries. To succeed in a Maryland motorcycle accident case, an accident victim must be able to establish that the other driver or drivers violated a duty of care that was owed to the motorcyclist. Further, the motorcyclist must be able to establish a link between their injuries and the at-fault driver’s negligence. While this sounds simple in theory, there are many complexities that can arise in a Maryland motorcycle accident. Thus, it is recommended that anyone who has been involved in a serious Maryland motorcycle accident discuss their case with a dedicated Maryland personal injury attorney.
Have You Been Injured?
If you or someone you care about has recently been injured in a Maryland motorcycle accident, contact the experienced injury lawyers at the law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC. At Lebowitz & Mzhen, we represent injury victims and their families in Maryland motorcycle accident cases, as well as other personal injury cases. We have offices in conveniently located throughout Maryland and Washington, D.C., and we also handle Virginia personal injury cases. To learn more about how we can help you pursue a claim for compensation based on the injuries you have sustained, call 410-654-3600 today.