Failure to yield leads to motorcycle accident

When motorists fail to follow even the most basic traffic regulations, accidents can soon follow. And when an accident involves a car and a motorcycle, the motorcyclist usually suffers more than the car's driver. Take, for example, the recent motorcycle accident that occurred southwest of Prince George's County, Maryland.

According to reports, a 32-year-old man was riding his motorcycle in Fort Washington around 10:15 in the evening in the northbound lane of Indian Head Highway. At the same time, a car coming from a parking lot tried to make a turn into the southbound lane. The motorcycle then struck the vehicle. The motorcycle rider died as a result of the crash. The two passengers in the vehicle were transported to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Based on the preliminary investigation, the motorcycle had the right of way and the car failed to yield.

A motorist who fails to yield the right of way is just one problem that motorcycle riders can face. Another common problem is motorcycle awareness. A motorist can be totally unaware of a motorcyclist and create a potentially deadly situation. A motorcyclist can be sideswiped or struck unnecessarily. Like other motorists, motorcyclists also have to deal with distracted or intoxicated drivers.

However, such incidents can be avoided if motorists drive with extra caution and give ample space to motorcycle riders. If a driver fails to do so, he or she can be cited for driver's negligence if an accident occurs. In a motorcycle accident, riders, as well as their passengers, may sustain serious head and neck injuries. These types of injuries need considerable treatment and rehabilitative care, which can be very expensive.

A Prince George's County motorcyclist who is injured by a negligent driver can file a legal claim to hold the driver liable. A lawsuit also can lead to a monetary award that can help cover medical expenses and other damages. Should the victim of the accident die, the victim's family then may be eligible to file the legal action.

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