For those who regularly drive, knowledge of traffic laws becomes ingrained. Most motorists do not have to think about whether they need to yield to the person on their right or stop at a red traffic signal; they just intuitively know. While this makes driving – an activity that involves numerous complex tasks – much easier, it also means that motorists who encounter unfamiliar signage may be caught off guard, increasing the chance of a Maryland motorcycle accident.
For example, decades ago the concept of a traffic-circle was virtually unknown in the United States. However, in the recent past city planners have made use of traffic-circles to control traffic and prevent motorists from speeding through intersections. As more traffic-circles started popping up, there was an increased number of accidents due to drivers not knowing how to navigate a new traffic feature safely.
Another potentially dangerous situation is an intersection with flashing lights. While most motorists know that a flashing red light means they must stop and then proceed only when clear, some drivers are confused when confronted by a flashing yellow light. Of course, a motorist’s confusion or unfamiliarity with certain traffic features is not an excuse for causing an accident.
Motorcyclist Seriously Injured in Recent Left-Turn Accident
Earlier this month one man was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident that occurred at an intersection with flashing yellow lights. According to a local news report, the accident occurred as the motorcyclist was traveling westbound through an intersection. At the same time, an eastbound motorist was attempting to make a left turn from the inside lane. There was a flashing yellow light indicating that motorists who intended to make a left turn should yield to oncoming traffic. However, the eastbound driver failed to yield and began the turn, causing the motorcycle to strike the front-passenger side of the vehicle.
The motorcyclist was ejected from the bike as a result of the collision. The motorcyclist was wearing a helmet, but suffered serious injuries as a result of the accident and was admitted to the hospital in critical condition. Police officers responded to the scene and determined that the motorist who was making the left turn failed to yield the right-of-way to the motorcyclist.
Have You Been Injured in a Maryland Motorcycle Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been injured in a Maryland motorcycle accident, the attorneys at the law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC may be able to help you obtain compensation for your injuries. At Lebowitz & Mzhen, we have been assisting accident victims in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia in recovering compensation for the injuries they have sustained for over 20 years. We provide a unique form of client-centered representation that has a proven track record of success. To learn more, and to discuss your case with a dedicated Maryland motorcycle accident attorney today, call 410-654-3600. Calling is free, and we will not bill you for our services unless we can help you collect for your injuries.
More Blog Posts:
Maryland Man Killed in Recent Motorcycle Accident, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published January 7, 2019.
Contributory Negligence in Maryland Motorcycle Accident Cases, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published December 27, 2018.