Although many residents are increasingly aware of the risks of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, Maryland drunk driving accidents still occur with startling frequency. When an individual drives under the influence, they are more likely to make reckless decisions and harmful errors while driving—swerving into the other lane, running red lights, etc. These acts can cause significant damage or even death when they lead to Maryland motorcycle accidents. While there is of course a risk of accidents with any vehicles, motorcyclists are especially at risk for serious, life-threatening injuries due to the relative unprotection they have around their bodies compared to drivers in cars or trucks.
For example, just recently a motorcycle accident sent two to the hospital. According to a local news report from the second week of February, an intoxicated driver was driving northbound on the road when she veered into the southbound lane and collided head-on with a motorcyclist. There were two occupants on the motorcycle—the passenger and the driver. Following this shocking accident, both were seriously injured, and both had to be transported to a nearby hospital; one via helicopter and the other by ambulance. Their conditions are currently unknown, and the incident is still under investigation.
This tragic accident highlights two things. First, it’s an apt and unfortunate illustration of the risk Maryland motorcyclists face when they or another driver decides to go on the road under the influence. While individuals may think they are only taking a small risk for themselves, the reality is that driving intoxicated puts everyone else on the road at risk and could cause life-threatening injuries or even death. Unfortunately, motorcyclists are especially likely to be harmed due to someone else’s reckless actions.
Second, this example demonstrates the confusion that can follow in the aftermath of a Maryland motorcycle accident, especially those caused by an intoxicated driver. In many cases, the injured motorcyclists are not exactly sure what happened, since the crashes can occur in the blink of an eye. Complicating things further are cases such as the one above, where the injured individuals are taken to the hospital and maybe in critical condition, unable to recall or recount the exact events that sent them there. Family members may be anxious to find out what happened and piece together the exact details of the accident, but unable to do so immediately.
What Is the Difference Between a Civil and Criminal DUI Accideet Case?
DUI accidents implicate both civil and criminal law, which can further complicate matters for Maryland residents trying to figure out their legal rights. Importantly, civil cases can still be filed when criminal charges are being brought, and Maryland residents should act quickly to protect their rights in this arena. Reaching out to a personal injury lawyer can be an important first step in this process, allowing accident victims to work with someone knowledgeable in this area of law and dedicated to their recovery.
Have You Been Injured in a Maryland Motorcycle Accident?
If you or a loved one was recently hurt in a Maryland motorcycle accident, the attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen might be able to help you recover significant monetary damages to assist your recovery. To learn more about how, and to speak with an attorney risk-free with no obligation, call us today to schedule an initial consultation at 800-654-1949.