A 60-year-old Gaithersburg man was killed in a Maryland traffic accident when a truck struck his bicycle. According to an Associated Press news report, the fatal bicycle accident occurred in the 12100 block of Darnestown Road in Gaithersburg. Officials say a 52-year-old Hagerstown man was driving a Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission truck when he turned left on a green signal and struck the eastbound cyclist. The rider was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
Drivers who are turning left, even those that have a green light, must yield to oncoming drivers and bicyclists. Under Maryland Statute 21-402: “If the driver of a vehicle intends to turn to the left in an intersection or into an alley or a private road or driveway, the driver shall yield the right-of-way to any other vehicle that is approaching from the opposite direction and is in the intersection or so near to it as to be an immediate danger.”
Drivers often fail to look for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists when turning left. This is a form of negligence that can have devastating consequences. If you have lost a loved one in a left-turn accident, it may be in your best interest to research your legal options. For example, you may be able to hold the at-fault driver accountable for your loss by filing a wrongful death claim.
A successful wrongful death claim can result in financial support for losses such as:
- Medical and funeral expenses related to the death
- Loss of benefits such as pension plans or medical coverage
- Loss of the victim’s future earnings
- Loss of inheritance
- The value of services and goods that the victim would have provided
- Non-economic damages such as mental anguish, pain, suffering, loss of care, loss of love and loss of consortium
Anyone who has lost a loved one in an auto accident would be well advised to contact an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney who will stay on top of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.