A 39-year-old Germantown man was killed and his 29-year-old passenger was injured when a 2006 Toyota Highlander struck their Ducati 848 motorcycle. According to The Germantown Patch, the fatal motorcycle accident occurred at Montrose Road and Tower Oaks Boulevard in Rockville. Officials say the Highlander was turning left when it struck the motorcycle. The motorcycle operator succumbed to his injuries at the hospital, but his passenger survived with non-life-threatening injuries. The 52-year-old female driver of the Toyota was injured in the crash as well. It is not clear if she will be cited for the fatal collision.
Drivers who are turning left must yield the right-of-way to oncoming traffic. Under Maryland Transportation Code 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.”
Left turn accidents often involve motorcycles because they are easy to overlook. When turning, all Maryland drivers must make sure that smaller vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists are not approaching the intersection. Motorists who fail to yield the right-of- way can be held accountable for the damages they cause.
If you have lost a loved one in a fatal motorcycle accident, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim to hold the at-fault driver accountable for your terrible loss. Motorists who cause fatal crashes while behaving carelessly can be held responsible for a number of losses, including medical bills, funeral costs, lost future wages, pain and suffering, and other related damages.
At the law offices of Alpert Schreyer, we help families who have lost a loved one get the support they need. We provide free case evaluations at (844) 632-7274 to anyone who has suffered a loss in a fatal Maryland traffic accident.