Over the weekend, a 64 year old man was riding his motorcycle on Washington Boulevard just past Route 100 in Elkridge, Maryland. As the motorcyclist was making a turn, he was struck by a 2014 GMC Acadia. The motorcyclist was taken to the hospital for serious injuries and sadly later died. The initial investigation by police revealed that the SUV driver “failed to yield the right-of-way” to the turning motorcyclist. As of right now, no charges have neem filed against the driver, but police are continuing to investigate the accident.
Motorcyclists are most at risk for severe injury when involved in accidents on the road with other cars, trucks, or buses. Automobiles have several safety features that prevent serious injury when accidents occur, such as seatbelts, airbags, and a windshield. Motorcycles, on the other hand, offer no protection whatsoever for their riders when a crash occurs. There are no seatbelts to restrain motorcyclists, there are no airbags to limit impact in a crash, and there is no windshield or any other similar device to prevent the rider from flipping over the handlebars of the motorcycle. Motorcyclists must wear helmets and other protective gear and clothing to limit injury as much as possible if involved in a crash. It is not known if the motorcyclist here was wearing a helmet or other safety gear. Speed and treacherous weather conditions are often the causes of motorcycle crashes. But in this case, there were no weather problems yesterday with warm and sunny conditions all weekend.
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a Maryland motorcycle accident that is caused by the negligence or fault of another driver, please contact us to schedule an appointment at one of our office locations in Columbia and throughout Maryland for a free case evaluation. Call our office today at (301) 854-9000 or visit us online to learn more about Maryland motorcycle accidents: http://www.portnerandshure.com/Auto-Accidents/Motorcycle-Accidents.shtml