A motorcycle rider on I-270 in Frederick crashed into a BMW sedan from the rear. The accident occurred near the Md. 80 ramp and closed the highway for about an hour. Maryland State Police report that the man was thrown from the motorcycle during the crash. He was medivacked to the University of Maryland Medical Center.
The state police are investigating the incident. We don’t know whether the motorcyclist or sedan driver caused the accident. Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents are all too common on Maryland’s roads and highways. A motorcycle accident presents a unique risk for the motorcycle rider, though there are similar characteristics with a car crash. If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident or car crash in Maryland, you need a car accident lawyer Maryland.
Motorcycle Accident Risks
It is more dangerous to operate or ride a motorcycle than operating or riding in a passenger car. A motorcycle is smaller and doesn’t protect the driver or passengers within a metal container. A motorcycle balances on two wheels as well.
Although characteristics of the motorcycle don’t automatically translate to a higher number of accidents, a motorcycle rider faces risks that the car driver doesn’t face:
• A motorcycle is less visible on the road to other vehicles. Motorcycles have a smaller profile. Car and truck drivers might not be aware of the motorcycle’s presence on the highway. The motorcyclist might be hidden by a larger object or vehicle, placing it in other drivers’ blind spots. Reduced driver visibility is a problem at intersections. This issue is less likely to concern operators of larger vehicles.
• Road or highway conditions may play an even larger role in motorcycle accidents. A rough road surface, debris, animals, or wet asphalt may create more challenges for the motorcyclist than the car or truck operator.
• A motorcycle is a less stable vehicle. When compared to a car with four wheels or a truck with many wheels, the motorcyclist has greater challenges when swerving, braking, or turning the motorcycle. If the operator attempts to avoid an unanticipated hazard, he or she is more likely to lose control of the motorbike.
• Operating a motorcycle takes skill. The operator must become accustomed to the often unsteady two-wheeled vehicle. The motorcyclist must receive training and hold a special license to operate a motorcycle in Maryland.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
In the event of a collision between the motorcycle and another vehicle, the motorcyclist bears a higher risk of injury. His or her head and body are less protected than that of the car or truck driver. Some of the most common injuries after a motorcycle collision include:
• Head injury. Head injuries are often severe injuries. A traumatic brain injury, brain bruises, or concussion may cause the injured person serious medical problems, including cognitive issues, headaches, motor skills, and more. Because the skull protects the operator’s brain, any head injury can cause serious long-term injuries or even death. State laws in Maryland require all motorcyclists to wear a helmet, but even the best protective gear can’t protect the motorcyclist from all head injuries.
• Spine and neck injury. Damage to the spine after a motorcycle accident can mean a poor prognosis for recovery. The spine carries messages from the brain to all parts of the body. A spinal injury after a motorcycle accident may have tragic results, such as paraplegia or quadriplegia.
• Lower extremities’ injuries. A motorcycle accident may cause injuries to the limbs, especially the lower extremities such as ankles, feet, knees, and legs. An injury may have a long-term impact. Fractured, shattered bones, severe bruises, and torn ligaments or being thrown from the motorcycle to the ground can result in temporary or permanent disabilities.
If you have been injured because of another driver’s negligence in Maryland, you need an experienced personal injury attorney to protect your rights. Contact us to discuss your potential case now.