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  • Motorcycle Crashes in Maryland Claim Four Lives in Four Days

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 28-May-2014

    By: Allan M. Siegel

    It is well known that motorcycle riders face some of the highest risks of accidents, injuries, and fatalities of anyone on the road. Still, when multiple motorcycle accidents claim the lives of several victims in a span of just a few days, there is enough reason for everyone to be reminded of these risks. This was the case this past Memorial Day weekend, when a total of four motorcycle riders died after being involved in traffic collisions across Prince George's County and the surrounding communities of Maryland.

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    • The string of tragedies began on Friday night when a motorcyclist was killed in Oxon Hill. The driver of the SUV involved in the accident failed to yield to the victim when making a U-turn.
    • On Saturday, a 24-year-old cyclist was killed when an SUV failed to yield the right of way.
    • A 35-year-old was fatally injured on his motorcycle when a vehicle struck him in an intersection in Charlotte Hall. Authorities believe that the vehicle may have been speeding and failed to stop at a red light.
    • On Monday, a 60-year-old Upper Marlboro man died two days after colliding into a wall in Forestville. Investigators state that he lost control of his motorcycle while leaving a parking lot near Cryden Way.

    Prince George's County has seen a total of eight motorcycle deaths over the past month. While these accidents are still being investigated, authorities have stated that several may have been the result of negligent drivers who failed to take precautions or obey the law. Families of victims and safety advocates have voiced their concerns and their support for safety improvements such as red light cameras and dedicated turn lanes.

    At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., our Maryland personal injury lawyers want to remind local residents about the importance of always staying alert and safely sharing the road with motorcycle riders, bicyclists, and pedestrians. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the month of May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. The tragedies we've witnessed this past weekend and month are the types of accidents increased awareness can help prevent.

    If you or someone you know has been injured in a motorcycle accident and would like to learn more about your rights, call 888-885-5638 for a free case evaluation.

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