As spring approaches, and the weather starts to get warmer, more and more Marylanders are going to start parking the car in the garage and instead opt to get around on a motorcycle. Using a motorcycle as a primary means of transportation has a number of benefits; however, one of those benefits is not safety. Indeed, each year, there are hundreds of Maryland motorcycle accidents, many of these resulting in serious injuries or death.
It’s a known fact that riding a motorcycle can be dangerous. However, only so much of that danger is within a motorcyclist’s control. While it is estimated that approximately half of all motorcycle accidents involve only the motorcycle, of those accidents involving two or more vehicles, most are caused by another driver’s negligence.
Establishing liability after a Maryland motorcycle accident can be difficult, depending on the specific facts of the case. One of the primary difficulties motorcycle accident victims face is the doctrine of contributory fault. Under the doctrine of contributory fault, an accident victim cannot legally recover compensation for their injuries from any other party if the accident victim is determined to have shared responsibility in causing the accident. Thus, it is very important that motorcycle accident victims reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss their case. An experienced attorney can help accident victims present a compelling case for compensation, reducing the chance that a defendant is able to shift a small portion of fault onto the victim, which would essentially destroy their case.
Motorcyclist Killed in Recent Failure-to-Yield Accident
Earlier this month, one man was killed when he was involved in a fatal motorcycle accident with another vehicle. According to a recent news report, the man was traveling westbound on a Harley Davidson motorcycle when another motorist attempted to make a left-hand turn in front of him. The motorcyclist was left with no time to make an evasive maneuver and crashed into the side of the vehicle.
The motorcyclist was thrown from the bike and landed on the nearby pavement. Although he was wearing a helmet, the motorcyclist did sustain fatal injuries as a result of the crash. Charges are pending against the surviving motorist, who suffered minor injuries in the collision. Police are currently in the midst of an investigation, and they have taken a blood sample from both the motorcyclist as well as the other driver.
Have You Been Involved in a Maryland Motorcycle Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been involved in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. Each motorcycle accident is different, and it requires a close look to determine which potential theories of liability are present. The dedicated Maryland motorcycle accident attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen have decades of combined experience handling all types of Maryland vehicle accident cases, including complex motorcycle accident claims. To learn more, call 410-654-3600 to schedule a free consultation with a dedicated Maryland personal injury lawyer.
More Blog Posts:
One Killed, Another Injured in Auto Accident During Bike Race, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published February 20, 2018.
What Happens When a Bicyclist Is Partially at Fault in a Maryland Bike Accident?, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published March 6, 2018.