All motorists must watch for motorcycles while they are driving, especially when the motorist is making left turns or proceeding through a stop sign or traffic signal. When motorists don't pay attention, fatal motorcycle accidents can occur.
A recent accident in Bethesda occurred when an 85-year-old female motorist in a 2005 Honda Accord was trying to make a left-hand turn. While executing that turn, the motorist struck a 52-year-old man on a 2006 Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
The man was taken to the hospital where he died from injuries he suffered in the accident. This man's family now has to make plans for his final arrangements and learn to live without him.
It is no secret that motorcycle accidents are often fatal. In fact, motorcyclists are 26 times more likely to die in an accident than a person who is in a car or pickup truck. Motorists on the roadways are especially dangerous for motorcycle riders. Motor vehicle operators are responsible in around two-thirds of the accidents involving a motorcycle and another vehicle.
Approximately 70 percent of accidents that occur between a motor vehicle and a motorcycle occur at an intersection. This is primarily due to visual obstacles that must be accounted for when the motor vehicle operator is moving through the intersection.
When a motorcyclist is injured or dies in an accident, exploring the options to seek compensation might be something to consider. If compensation is awarded, it can help with the costs related to the accident so that the motorcyclists and their family members aren't left to suffer financially because of the actions of the other driver.
Source: WJLA, "Man dies in motorcycle crash in Bethesda, Md.," Oct. 11, 2015