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Motorcyclist Killed in Collision with Sedan in Rockville
Posted on October 26, 2017
When a car and a motorcycle collide, the damage to the individual operating the motorcycle can be severe and life-threatening. For example, a motorcyclist lost his life in a collision with an automobile at the intersection of Norbeck Road and Nadine Drive in Rockville, Maryland. The motorcyclist was operating a 2004 Harley-Davidson Sportster when it collided with a 2011 Toyota Camry. The motorcyclist was transported to a local trauma center where he died due to the severity of his injuries. He was only 34 years old. The 17-year-old driver of the Toyota Camry did not suffer any injuries, according to Bethesda Magazine.com.
The exact cause of the accident has yet to be determined by police. Deepest sympathies go out to the friends and family of the motorcyclist.
Unfortunately, the tragic accident described above is not an anomaly. In fact, serious motorcycle accidents are extremely common in and around Maryland. According to the Washington Post, the number of motorcycle deaths doubled over recent years. For example, close to 140 motorcyclists died in collisions with automobiles in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC, just in the first nine months of 2012 alone. Nationally, close to 4,000 motorcyclists are killed in wrecks with other vehicles, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA).
Holding the Reckless Motorist Responsible Through a Maryland Wrongful Death Claim
If you lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident caused by the recklessness of another motorist, you may be able to hold the reckless driver accountable by filing a wrongful death action in a Maryland court. A wrongful death claim is a civil action and is wholly separate from any criminal charges that may be filed by the state against the reckless driver in criminal court.
Wrongful death damages include compensation for your economic and non-economic harms. Economic harms focus primarily on the financial strain placed upon you and your family as a result of the tragic passing of your loved one. They include any medical bills incurred for treating your loved one prior to their death, funeral costs, along with reimbursement for income the victim might have earned over their projected lifespan. In addition to economic harms, you can also pursue compensation for your non-economic harms including your grief and mental anguish.
Contact a Rockville Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Right Away
The legal team at the Law Office of William C. McCaskill PLLC understands that the loss of a loved one is a traumatic and overwhelming event. We are here to help. Contact our office to schedule a free initial consultation.