Maryland motorcycle accident reminder to pay attention to roadway safety

Maryland motorcycle crash reminds drivers to yield right of way, motorcyclists to take safety precautions and everyone to take advantage of legal remedies.

On July 28, three people were injured in an Anne Arundel County motorcycle accident. The accident occurred in the middle of the afternoon while a 2007 Harley Sportster was traveling southbound on Davidsonville Road toward the Governor Bridge Road. According to the police report, a 2004 Toyota Avalon pulled out directly in front of the Sportster from a flashing stop signal. It was too late for the motorcyclist to stop.

The motorcycle slammed into the driver's side of the car. The operator of the motorcycle was hospitalized in critical condition, while both the driver and the passenger of the automobile were taken to the hospital to receive treatment for minor injuries.

Police have announced that neither speed nor alcohol appear to have played a role in the accident; rather, failure to yield seems to have been the cause. As the height of motorcycle season winds down in Maryland, this accident serves as important reminder to pay attention to a few tips that can keep both motorcyclists and automobile drivers safer on the road.

Drivers should look twice at intersections, motorcyclists should wear bright colors

Motorcycle accidents are most common at intersections. Two thirds of motorcycle crashes involve the driver of another vehicle who failed to yield the right of way. Often, after the accidents, drivers who violated a motorcyclist's right of way will say that they did not see the motorcycle.

It is not altogether surprising that many accidents involve a driver who did not see an oncoming motorcyclist before pulling out because motorcycles present a smaller visual profile than most other types of motorized vehicles. But drivers owe a duty of safety to others on the road, and when they cause an accident by violating a biker's right of way, they can be help legally responsible.

Drivers can minimize the risk by looking, and then looking again for any motorcyclists who may be approaching. Motorcyclists can help protect themselves by wearing bright colors or reflective patches.

Of course, for both riders and drivers, basic roadway safety measures like avoiding alcohol and other intoxicants can help prevent crashes. Utilizing proper safety equipment (i.e., DOT approved helmets for bikers and seatbelts for automobile occupants) decreases the odds of suffering a serious injury or dying in a collision between a motorcycle and a car.

Get legal help from a Maryland personal injury lawyer after an accident

If you are enjoying the remaining favorable weather by driving or riding on Maryland roads, take a moment to remember safety considerations that can reduce the likelihood of a serious motorcycle-car collision. If it is too late for preventative measures to help you, ensure that you pursue after-the-fact remedies by taking legal action following a crash.

When a driver causes an accident by being negligent, the driver (or his or her insurer) can be held responsible for monetary damages. Monetary damages can account for things like medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages. To ensure you get the full, fair compensation you need to move on with your life after an accident, contact a Maryland personal injury attorney. Motor vehicle accidents can be expensive in more ways than one, but by fully pursuing available legal remedies, you can minimize the impact of a crash on your future.


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