Traffic on metropolitan Washington roadways in Virginia and Maryland continues to be severely congested. During summer months some people choose to use motorcycles as a means of transportation, some for economic and maneuverability reasons and some for the joy they derive from riding a motorcycle. A downside is that these vehicles can be hard to see and tragic motorcycle accidents can result.

A recent accident along I-270 in Gaithersburg left one man dead and his passenger hospitalized. It is not believed that the rainy weather contributed to the cause of the accident. It is not known if alcohol or speed was a contributing factor. The condition of the passenger is not known.

According to a witness, it appeared that the motorcycle was cut off by another vehicle that was attempting to change lanes. This may have caused the bike to go out of control. It ended up on the right shoulder of the roadway. The driver of the bike was pronounced dead at the scene.

Defensive driving involves always being on the lookout for other vehicles. Drivers should take special care to be alert for motorcycles as they can be difficult to spot. Double-checking blind spots can save a life. Losing loved ones because of motorcycle accidents is a tragedy borne by too many families as the warm weather calls to bike enthusiasts to hit the road. While nothing can undo the accident that caused the tragedy, a successfully navigated civil lawsuit in Maryland against the party deemed responsible can provide compensation for medical costs, final costs and other verifiable losses.