Motorcycle accidents are very common, and often result in a rider suffering serious, life-changing injuries. Fatal accidents are also much more common than most people realize. Some hazards that may cause minor inconveniences to the drivers of automobiles can be extremely dangerous to motorcyclists. Road damage, debris, and wildlife can cause accidents that may be deadly to motorcyclists. A recently published local news report discusses a motorcyclist who was recently killed in a crash when he lost control of his vehicle after a goose flew into him while he was on the road.
According to the local news report, the tragic crash occurred on a Friday morning in early April of this year when a motorcyclist traveling on State Road in Croyden, PA was struck by a flying goose and lost control of his vehicle. After the initial collision with the goose, the biker swerved into oncoming traffic, sideswiping one vehicle and ultimately crashing into an SUV head-on. Authorities quoted in the article stated that the motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The article did not release any further information about the identity of the motorcyclist, or whether they were wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.
Financial liability for D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area accidents caused in part by wildlife or other non-human sources can sometimes be tricky. If the only at-fault party in a car accident is a dead animal, then someone’s insurance company is going to need to step up and pay for the damages. Generally, the bodily injury/liability coverage of an auto insurance policy will cover injuries to a rider or occupant on a motorcycle who was injured in a crash caused by the motorcycle. It is ultimately the responsibility of the vehicle operator to avoid a collision with wildlife, and bodily injury/ liability coverage should apply.
Is Motorcycle Insurance Required in Maryland
Although there are certain exemptions, drivers in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. are legally required to hold a bodily injury/liability insurance policy with coverage that meets the legal minimum. Any drivers should look to purchase insurance with limits above the legal minimum, and this is true for motorcyclists especially. Motorcyclists should be sure to have an adequate amount of coverage for accidents caused by underinsured or uninsured motorists, as well as for bodily injury. Having the appropriate coverage can be critical in the event of a Maryland motorcycle accident.
Have You Been Injured in a Motorcycle Crash
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a Maryland motorcycle accident, talk to a lawyer and find out if you have a claim for damages. The Maryland, Virginia, and DC personal injury and accident lawyers with Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC have represented motorcyclists and their passengers against uncooperative insurance companies and obtained for our clients the results that they deserve. Our experienced legal team will fight diligently for you to be made whole after an accident. Call us today at 800-654-1949 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case. Calling is free, and we will not bill you for our services unless we can recover compensation on your behalf.