Are Motorcycles More Vulnerable Than Cars and Trucks?

By Peter DePaolis

motorcycle accidentWhen we get behind the wheel of a car and head out on the highway, we must always remember that we share the road with other motorists.

Some vehicles, like 18-wheelers, are easy to spot, since they are so large. Other vehicles, though, like motorcycles, can be easy to miss. This is why it is vital that drivers stay ever alert on the road.

One motorcyclist has died after a crash in Nelson County last month.

Peggy Arnold, 66, of Huntington, was traveling south on Highway 29 when she pulled into the crossover lane to make a left turn onto Route 56. As she crossed through the southbound lanes, she drove directly into the path of a man on a motorcycle. The bike’s driver had no chance to slow down, and could not avoid striking the car.

The operator of the motorcycle was 47-year-old Michael Murphy of Annapolis. He was wearing a helmet when the crash occurred, but died at the scene.

The driver of the car was not injured, but has been charged with reckless driving.

Did Another Motorist’s Careless Driving Cause My Maryland Motorcycle Accident?

It is the responsibility of all drivers to devote their undivided attention to the road. If another motorist fails to pay attention to his or her surroundings, and this negligence in turn causes your involvement in an accident, the other driver may be liable for your injuries.

Call our Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland injury lawyers for a free consultation regarding your experience. Leave us a comment below or visit us on Facebook today.

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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.