Maryland Motorcyclist Killed in Rear-End Crash with SUV

By Peter DePaolis

According to, a Laurel man was killed on March 15 when he crashed his motorcycle into the rear of a Mercedes SUV that had slowed down to turn into a driveway in Damascus.

The accident happened around 3:30 p.m. as the SUV and the motorcycle were traveling eastbound on Annapolis Rock Road. As the SUV turned into a driveway, the motorcycle crashed into the back of the SUV.

Police said the 51 year old died on the scene, despite the efforts of emergency personnel, including an off-duty Howard County firefighter who happened to come upon the collision just before Montgomery County Fire & Rescue personnel arrived. The woman driving the SUV and her 14-year-old passenger were not injured in the collision.

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This fatal collision is evidence that transportation accidents (including motorcycles, trucks, subways, airplanes and boats) are very common, yet often preventable. To prevent transportation accidents and/or minimize any injuries sustained from such accidents, follow these simple guidelines:

  • Do not talk on a cell phone, read, apply makeup or engage in any other activity while driving
  • Never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Be aware of your surroundings and check your side view and rear view mirrors prior to switching lanes
  • Always use your turn signal when making a turn or switching lanes
  • Allow an adequate following distance between you and the car in front of you

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Did You Know: According to, there were 23,714 DUI arrests in Maryland in 2013.

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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.