While all ages of drivers are capable of negligent driving, young drivers in particular present an especially high risk for Maryland motorcyclists. Indeed, it has long been understood that young drivers are responsible for the most Maryland motorcycle accidents when compared to other age groups. Some statistics have found that one in five teen motorists are involved in a collision of some sort each year.
Young drivers present such a high risk for a number of reasons. Of course, it goes without saying that young drivers have less experience driving. However, that factor alone does not totally account for the increased rate of accidents because new drivers who obtain a driver’s license later in life do not present as high a risk. Teens, as a group, are more likely to engage in several other risky behaviors while driving, including:
- Driving while talking on a cell phone;
- Texting while driving;
- Talking to passengers in the rear seats;
- Driving aggressively; and
- Using poor judgment.
Can Parents Be Held Responsible for a Minor’s Accident?
In Maryland, a parent can usually only be held responsible for an accident caused by their minor child if the accident involves a crime. If there is no crime committed, it is likely that the parents of the minor will not be financially liable. However, to the extent that a child is on the parent’s insurance policy, the insurance company will be on the hook for the accident.
Man Sustains Critical Injuries in Motorcycle Accident
Earlier this month, one man was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident when another driver attempted to make a left turn in front of the motorcyclist, cutting him off. According to a local news report, the motorcyclist was traveling in the northbound lane of traffic when the southbound motorist cut him off, causing the man to get thrown from the bike. As it turns out, the driver of the other car was a 17-year-old girl.
The motorcyclist was transported to the hospital with serious injuries and was admitted in critical condition. Both the driver and the passenger in the other vehicle were not injured. Police are conducting an investigation into the accident and have not yet determined if drugs or alcohol were a factor.
Have You Been Injured in a Maryland Motorcycle Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been injured in a Maryland motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for the injuries you have sustained. Depending on the specific facts surrounding the accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your past and future medical expenses, lost wages, and any pain and suffering you endured as a result of the accident. To learn more, and to speak with a dedicated Maryland motorcycle accident attorney, call 410-654-3600 to schedule a free consultation today. Calling is free, and we will not bill you for our services unless we can assist you in obtaining the compensation you deserve.
More Blog Posts:
Lingering and Delayed-Onset Injuries Following Maryland Motorcycle Accidents, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published October 26, 2017.
Motorcycle Accident Plaintiff’s Case Dismissed for Failure to Comply with Discovery Requests, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published November 13, 2017.