Maryland Motorcycle Accidents Caused by Improper Passing and Lane Changes

Each year, about 60 people are killed in Maryland motorcycle accidents. Improper lane changes, including passing another motorist where it is prohibited or unsafe to do so, account for a large number of these fatal accidents.

A motorist may make an improper lane change for a number of reasons. The most common types of improper lane changes are illegal passing and changing lanes without signaling. In each of these cases, other motorists are put in serious danger. While most of the time, those who make an improper lane change do not end up causing a serious accident, when an accident does occur, the motorist can be held liable for any resulting injuries.Recovering compensation in a Maryland motorcycle accident lawsuit is much like any other personal injury lawsuit. However, motorcycle accident victims often encounter a difficulty that the drivers of other vehicles do not:  the stigma that is associated with riding a motorcycle. When people hear about a motorcycle accident, they often think “I wonder how fast the motorcyclist was going?” as though the default is that the motorcyclist was somehow at fault. Of course, that is not how the law views motorcycle accidents, and an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney can assist motorcycle accident victims in proving that they were a victim of another motorist’s negligence.

Two Killed in Head-On Collision Between Motorcycle and Car

Earlier this month, a motorcyclist and his passenger were both killed when they were struck by another motorist who was attempting to pass another vehicle. According to a local news report, the motorcycle was heading southbound when a northbound driver crossed over the center median in an attempt to pass a slower-moving northbound vehicle.

It appears that the driver of the passing vehicle did not see the motorcycle approaching in the oncoming lane because as the motorist crossed over into oncoming traffic, she collided head-on with the motorcycle. Both the driver and the passenger on the motorcycle were thrown from the bike and were pronounced dead at the scene. The passenger was wearing a helmet, but the driver was not.

Police told reporters that charges are pending against the at-fault motorist, although nothing has been officially filed.

Have You Been a Victim of a Maryland Motorcycle Accident?

If you or a loved one has recently been involved in a serious motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. The dedicated Maryland injury lawyers at the law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC have experience handling all types of cases, including fatal Maryland motorcycle accidents. We take every precaution to ensure that our clients are kept informed of the status of their case, and we are available to answer any questions along the way. To learn more about how we can help you recover compensation for your injuries, call 410-654-3600 to schedule a free consultation today. Calling is free, and we will not bill you for our services unless we can help you obtain the compensation you deserve.

More Blog Posts:

George Clooney Injured in a Serious Scooter Accident, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published July 19, 2018.

Bike Accidents Involving Children Are Frighteningly Common, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published July 5, 2018.


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