Earlier last month in Vineland, New Jersey, a female motorcyclist was seriously injured when she was forced into another lane by a nearby motorist and then hit by an oncoming car. According to a report by one local news source, the accident occurred around three in the afternoon.
Evidently, the motorcyclist was on a two-lane road riding next to a pick-up truck when the truck driver forced the motorcyclist out of her lane. As the motorcyclist moved to avoid what would have been a certain collision, she was hit by another truck traveling in the opposite direction.
The motorcyclist was pinned underneath the truck, and passing motorists got out of their car to lend what help they could. In the end, the motorcyclist was freed from underneath the truck and taken to the hospital. Police are still investigating the cause of the accident, and charges have not yet been filed against any of the parties.
Motorcycle Accidents in Maryland
In Maryland, motorcycle accidents claim between 500 and 600 lives per year. If you expand that number to motorcycle accidents resulting in any bodily injury, the number increases to over 35,000. In short, motorcycle crashes are common and deadly.
Most of the motorcycle accidents we see are caused by another driver’s failure to see or yield to the motorcyclist. Often, a motorist will change lanes without properly checking to see if there is a motorcycle in the way. This can either force the motorcyclist out of the lane or, if the motorcyclist doesn’t see the vehicle coming, into a collision with the vehicle changing lanes.
Distracted Driving and Motorcycle Accidents
As you may guess, one of the top causes of motorcycle accidents in Maryland is distracted driving on the part of the other driver. Whether it be texting or talking on the phone, or chatting with a passenger, the bottom line is that driving while paying attention to something else is negligent, irresponsible, and can result in civil liability to the accident victim.
Whenever a motorcycle accident is caused by a negligent or a distracted driver, the innocent victims of that accident are entitled to monetary compensation for their loss. Such compensation may consist of reimbursement for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. To learn more about how Maryland motorcycle accident cases are handled, contact a Maryland personal injury attorney.
Have You Been Involved in a Maryland Motorcycle Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been involved in a serious Maryland motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation based on the other driver’s negligence. At the law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen Personal Injury Lawyers, we have decades of collective experience representing Maryland accident victims in all kinds of personal injury lawsuits, including motorcycle accidents. To speak with a dedicated motorcycle accident attorney and discuss the facts of your case, call 410-654-3600 to set up a free initial consultation today.
More Blog Posts:
Minibike Rider Killed in Lexington Park, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published October 8, 2014.
Hit-and-Run Accident Victim Struck While on Bike, Lucky To be Alive, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published November 12, 2014.