While winter may be here to stay for some time, it’s important to remember that motorcycle accidents can and do happen at the most unlikely times and for sometimes unexpected reasons. As a Baltimore auto accident attorney and motorcycle injury lawyer, I’ve seen enough news articles and police accident reports to know that bikers are at high risk for injury and death when traveling on our public roads.
Especially during the off-season for riders, fewer passenger car and commercial truck drivers are looking for motorcycles in the colder months. Riders already know they are relatively invisible and therefore more apt to be hit by another, larger motor vehicle. The results, of course, can be tragic.
It wasn’t long that a motorcyclist from Anne Arundel County died in a multi-car accident on Solley Road when a deer apparently bolted out into the street. According to police, the accident happened late on a Saturday night when 34-year-old John Fabian III and a passenger where riding on the man’s ‘96 Honda Shadow near Nabbs Creek Road.
Just before midnight, Fabian was traveling behind a ‘08 Honda Civic when a deer appeared in the roadway right in front of a ‘95 Ford Contour. The driver of the Ford hit his brakes in order to avoid the deer, according to police reports. As a result, the Honda Honda’s driver also slammed on his brakes, Fabian apparently did not brake in time. The motorcycle rammed into the rear of the Honda, throwing the rider and his passenger off the bike.
County police and firefighters responded to the scene, where Fabian was pronounced dead. The passenger, 29-year-old Miranda Means from Baltimore, was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore with serious injuries. According to police, alcohol may have contributed to the accident.
Motorcyclist dies in chain reaction crash, HometownAnnapolis.com, October 3, 2010