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Motorcycle accidents claim too many lives

Another summer is almost over. Sadly, motor vehicle fatalities seem to increase during the summer months in Maryland as people head to vacations, family outings and other summer activities that create an increase in traffic, which increases the likelihood of being involved in an accident. Defensive driving is one means to reduce the risk but it is all too often neglected. Such may have been the case in a recent fatal accident collision between a car and a motorcycle. Motorcycle accidents can be particularly deadly and motorcycles can be hard to spot, making it necessary to be extra vigilant.

A young man was riding his motorcycle early one morning near Millersville. He was proceeding south and a car was approaching from the north. The car turned left into a gas station and collided with the southbound motorcycle.

The driver of the motorcycle was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the car was not injured and it is not believed that speed or alcohol contributed to the cause of the crash. However, the driver of the car may face charges of failing to yield to the oncoming bike. It is possible that the driver of the car was distracted at the time of the crash, which may have contributed to it. The driver of the car was said to be a juvenile.

The loss of a loved one in an accident in Maryland is a tragedy that is usually preventable. Motorcycle accidents are all too common but many can be avoided with careful attention to one's surroundings while behind the wheel. Nothing can undo the pain felt by a family who loses a loved one but a successfully litigated civil claim against the party deemed responsible can provide compensation for medical costs, final costs and other verifiable losses.

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