Sadly, a child died and five people were injured in an unusual accident in Hyattsville, Maryland on May 24 involving a motorcycle and pedestrians.
According to CBS Washington, the accident occurred at around 4 p.m. near the 3500 block of East West Highway. The news outlet reported that a motorcycle heading westbound on the roadway collided with a car that was making a left turn into a nearby shopping center.
The motorcycle rider was allegedly thrown from his bike, which crashed into four pedestrians who were standing next to a crosswalk as they waited to cross the street. CBS Washington reported that all four pedestrians, including three children and one adult, suffered injuries in the accident. One child eventually died at a hospital due to the severity of his injuries. As of last week, the other children were listed in critical condition.
The accident remains under investigation, although police said that it appears as though the motorcyclist’s speed may have played a role in the crash. Charges are pending. The motorcyclist reportedly suffered non-life threatening injuries, while the driver of the car that was initially struck suffered minor injuries.
Whether you were operating a motorcycle or one struck you, if you are ever injured in an accident, speak to our attorneys. As we have noted in previous blogs, often, motorcycle accidents need to be investigated by a third party to make sure that negligence on behalf of another driver did not play a role in a wreck.
Additionally, by contacting an attorney as soon as possible, you can make sure that evidence, which could be critical to litigation, is properly maintained. By working with our attorneys, we can investigate whom you can hold responsible following a motorcycle or pedestrian accident.
Our firm has more than 30 years of experience working on behalf of injured motorcyclists and pedestrians in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia.
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