Are Motorcycle Accidents a Problem in Prince George’s County?

By Peter DePaolis

In just two days, two different motorcyclists have been killed in Prince George’s County, each having been struck by drivers who failed to yield the right-of-way.

On May 24, a 42-year-old man was killed when an SUV attempted to make a U-turn from the northbound side of Indian Head Highway on to the southbound side. Less than 24 hours later, a 24-year-old driver was killed when another SUV tried to make a left turn from eastbound Central Avenue onto Cindy Lane, and did not see the young motorcyclist coming. Neither SUV driver sustained any injuries.

Prince George’s County police representatives remind us that during the annual Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally, held during the Memorial Day weekend, there can be upwards of a million riders and spectators in the DC area, so it is imperative that drivers be especially vigilant. There is never a good time to check your cell phone while driving, but with that many new bikers on the road, there are far more chances to do serious damage to another driver.

We should not need these brutal reminders to drive more safely. Tragedies like these in Prince George’s County are becoming more and more frequent on our nation’s roadways, and there are no excuses for careless driving. If you have been hurt by a reckless driver, first visit your doctor, then call us right away so we can get you the most compensation for your injuries.

And remember: Virginia, Maryland and DC are ‘contributory negligence’ states. This means that if you are involved in an accident and you are even 1 percent at fault, you cannot collect damages. Call us before you speak to anyone else—we will help you navigate this legal minefield!

Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia Injury Attorneys


About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.