Most Maryland motorcycle accidents are often unavoidable, in that there is nothing that can be done to prevent the accident. By the time another driver makes a mistake, it is typically too late. All a motorcyclist can do to protect themselves is take precautions to ensure that they have done everything in their control to reduce the chances of a fatal accident. This includes always wearing a helmet and keeping a lookout for dangerous drivers.
Of course, it isn’t a motorcyclist’s duty to avoid all accidents, and wearing a helmet doesn’t guarantee against injury. Motorcyclists have to rely on other drivers doing their part. Sadly, that is an expectation that is too frequently left unmet.
Late last month, an accident between a pickup truck and several motorcyclists killed seven and injured several others. According to a local news report, the accident occurred on a New Hampshire highway, just before 6:30 in the evening. Evidently, a group of 10 motorcycles was traveling eastbound as they approached a westbound pickup truck towing a flatbed trailer. The pickup truck inexplicably crossed over the center median and collided with the group of motorcycles. Seven drivers and passengers were killed, and three were hospitalized as a result of the accident.
The driver of the pickup truck was a 23-year-old man who was working for a transport company at the time of the accident. This was his second day on the job, and was part of a thirty-day trial period. The transport company has been cited in the past for several infractions, including employing drivers who were under the influence.
As it turns out, the driver was previously arrested the month before this fatal motorcycle accident in Connecticut for charges of driving under the influence. While there is some dispute whether Massachusetts was provided with information of this arrest, the Registrar of Motor Vehicles (RMV) told reporters that the man’s commercial license should have been suspended after the Connecticut arrest. The head of the RMV resigned after this discovery. There are also reports that the man was recently arrested for the possession of drug paraphernalia used to smoke crack-cocaine.
Authorities are still investigating the fatal motorcycle accident, and have since arrested the driver of the pickup truck in his hometown of West Springfield, Massachusetts. He faces seven counts of vehicular manslaughter and related charges.
Have You Been Injured in a Maryland Motorcycle Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been injured in a Maryland motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for the injuries you have sustained. At the Maryland personal injury law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC, we represent injury victims in all types of claims against negligent drivers, including Maryland motorcycle accident claims. To learn more about how our team of experienced injury advocates can help you pursue a claim for financial recovery, call 410-654-3600 to schedule a free consultation today. We work on a contingency basis, meaning you will not be charged for any of our services unless we can help you recover the compensation you deserve.