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Rider’s death in crash shows danger of motorcycle accidents

Motorcycles are a common sight on Maryland roadways. Drivers of passenger vehicles are encouraged to be aware of them as they can be difficult to see and a crash can cause major injuries to a relatively unprotected rider. Safety is also emphasized for riders with the proper equipment potentially preventing a life-changing injury. Still, even if people are cautious, motorcycle accidents can happen. Recently, a rider lost his life after an accident on a ramp.

The rider, a 33-year-old man, was killed when he hit the guardrail. The incident occurred at shortly before 4 p.m. The bike, a Suzuki, apparently went out of control. No other vehicles are believed to have been involved. It is not known what led to the rider losing control of the motorcycle and hitting the guardrail, but he is believed to have been speeding. The rider was declared dead at the scene. Officers are investigating to determine what sparked the accident.

In an auto accident, people who are in passenger vehicles and trucks are somewhat protected if there is a crash. This does not mean they are immune to injuries, but they have a better chance of avoiding long-term damage and death than a motorcyclist. Apart from a helmet and other basic equipment, a rider can suffer brain trauma, spinal cord damage, broken bones, lost limbs, cuts, bruises and more. Even if the rider survives, these injuries can cause paralysis, the need for a long hospital stay with the accompanying medical costs, the inability to work, and the need for assistance for basic daily activities.

While many motorcycle accidents involve a passenger vehicle or truck hitting a motorcyclist, some happen seemingly due to something the rider did. That does not mean the injured rider or a family left behind cannot seek compensation for all that was lost. An experienced legal professional can assess the case and formulate a strategy to file a claim. A consultation about the next step after motorcycle accidents may provide information and help.