Sadly, on May 3 a popular DC musician and his girlfriend were killed in a Charles County motorcycle accident.
According to NBC Washington, Derek Anthony Colquitt, 47, a member of the longtime DC go-go group The Junkyard Band, was killed in the crash along with his girlfriend. According to Maryland State Police reports, the couple was riding on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle when they struck a pickup truck on Route 301.
A preliminary investigation revealed that Colquitt failed to slow down when he approached a red light and struck the back of a truck. The accident allegedly ignited a fire. Colquitt’s passenger on the motorcycle was thrown from the bike and transported to Prince George’s County Hospital, where she later died. Colquitt died at the scene of the crash.
Police said speed might have played a role in the accident.
As the warm weather descends upon the area, more motorcyclists will take their bikes out of storage, increasing the chances of motorcycle accidents. As a motorcyclist, make sure you take safety precautions including wearing protective gear like helmets and jackets. Additionally, remember to follow posted signs and avoid reckless operation.
Unfortunately, no matter how many safety precautions some motorcyclists take, they are may be involved in accidents due to distracted or negligent drivers. In fact, statistics indicate that most motorcycle accidents are the result of other drivers—a University of South Florida study recently found that about 60 percent of the time, motorists in other vehicles are at fault when they collide with motorcyclists.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident or your loved one has been killed, speak to our attorneys. You should not have to suffer due to another driver’s reckless actions. Often, aside from death, motorcycle accidents result in catastrophic personal injuries like broken bones, brain injuries and/or spinal cord injuries, which require costly rehabilitation. You can seek damages that can help pay for this.
Our attorneys can investigate your motorcycle accident and determine if it occurred due to negligence. Our firm has more than 30 years of experience working on behalf of motorcyclists injured by reckless drivers in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia.
Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, L.L.P.