Although reckless driving puts everyone on the road at risk, it poses an extraordinary danger to motorcyclists who have very little protection from a potential crash. Unfortunately, Maryland motorcycle accidents are often fatal, although many are completely preventable. While it’s impossible to ensure that all motorists drive carefully to avoid potentially tragic accidents, the reality is that sometimes accidents will happen. However, when accidents happen as a result of reckless driving, Maryland law allows victims to hold the reckless driver responsible for the harm caused.
Motorcyclists who are injured as a result of another driver’s recklessness can file a negligence action against the driver which, if successful, can result in monetary compensation for their injuries. All drivers in Maryland are expected to exercise reasonable caution while on the roads, acting as careful as an ordinarily prudent person would under the circumstances. If a driver’s failure to drive safely results in an accident, any accident victims can pursue a claim of negligence. To be successful in such a claim, a plaintiff must prove that the driver had a duty to act carefully in the situation, the defendant failed to act carefully, and the plaintiff was injured as a result.
Take, for example, a recent motorcycle accident in Illinois. According to a local news report covering the accident, a motorcyclist and his passenger were driving south on a divided highway when the crash occurred. The driver of a Ford pickup truck, driving north on the same road, attempted to pass another car in a no-passing zone, and at a point where there was a curve in the road. Unfortunately, this resulted in a head-on crash with the motorcyclist. Both the operator and his passenger were thrown off of the motorcycle. The motorcyclist was seriously injured, and his passenger was pronounced dead on the scene. The driver of the pickup truck was uninjured.
Authorities are currently investigating the cause of the accident. While charges could still be filed in this case, criminal charges do little to help the victims with injuries sustained in the crash. To obtain compensation for their injuries, accident victims must pursue relief through a civil claim against the driver and any other potentially at-fault parties. Thus, accident victims in Maryland should consult a Maryland personal injury attorney to evaluate their case and potentially receive monetary compensation to help cover medical expenses from their injuries.
Have You or a Loved One Been Injured in a Maryland Motorcycle Crash?
If you or someone you love has been injured in a Maryland motorcycle crash, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. Contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC, to discuss your claim today. With decades of experience, our dedicated attorneys represent injury victims across Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia. We will advocate for your rights and are willing to see the case through trial if necessary to get you the compensation you deserve. Call us today at 800-654-1949 to schedule a free consultation. Calling is free, and we will not bill you for our services unless we can help you obtain the compensation you deserve.