Earlier this week in Abilene, Texas, an accident between a Jeep SUV and a motorcycle sent two people to the hospital with serious injuries. According to one local news source, the accident took place around six p.m. on a Sunday evening.
Evidently, the Jeep was at a stop sign waiting to continue eastbound when it failed to yield to oncoming traffic and entered the intersection without checking for approaching vehicles. As the Jeep entered the intersection, a motorcycle with two people on board crashed into the rear-passenger side of the Jeep, sending both riders flying off the bike.
Both people on the motorcycle were wearing approved helmets. However, they did sustain major injuries, including heavy bleeding, and were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. It is expected that they will make a full recovery. The driver of the Jeep did not sustain any injuries in the accident and was cited by police for failing to yield to the motorcycle.
Maryland Motorcycle Accidents
Riding a motorcycle in Maryland can be dangerous. Each year in Maryland alone, there are approximately 70 fatalities due to motorcycle accidents. In fact, one study found that while motorcycles make up only about 2.5% of the total number of registered vehicles in Maryland, they are involved in 15% of all fatal motor vehicle accidents. Part of this can be explained by the fact that motorcyclists are about four times more likely to be seriously injured or killed in an accident than those in other vehicles. However, that doesn’t explain the whole picture.
The fact of the matter is that many motorists exercise poor judgment around motorcyclists, which results in a higher number of accidents than is necessary or expected. Some of the more common kinds of motorcycle accidents in Maryland are:
- Accidents caused by a driver’s failure to see an approaching motorcycle;
- Failure-to-yield accidents;
- Accidents caused by a motorist suddenly stopping in front of a motorcyclist;
- Left-turn accidents; and
- Aggressive-driving accidents.
Regardless of the specific cause of the accident, the fact remains that the motorcyclist is not always the one at fault in serious or fatal motorcycle accidents. In fact, in hundreds of cases each year, motorcyclists are able to recover substantial amounts of money from those who were responsible for the accidents resulting in their injuries. To learn more about Maryland motorcycle accident cases, contact a dedicated Maryland personal injury attorney.
Have You Been Injured in a Maryland Motorcycle Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been involved in any kind of Maryland motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation based on the negligence of the other driver. It is important to keep in mind, however, that other drivers and their insurance companies will likely attempt to shift the blame onto you, potentially barring you from recovering anything for your injuries. To ensure that you are treated fairly throughout the trial process, and to speak with a dedicated personal injury attorney about any questions you may have, call 410-654-3600 today to set up a free consultation with an experienced attorney. With an attorney’s help, you will be able to better understand your options and what you will need to prove in order to be successful in your case.
More Blog Posts:
Virginia Man Killed in Motorcycle Accident Involving Two Motorcycles and One Truck in Fairfax County, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published May 27, 2015.
Motorcyclist Killed in I-795 Accident in Baltimore County, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published April 27, 2015.