Abraheim Mohamed Zarti of Bryans Road in Charles County, Maryland died on Friday when the motorcycle that he was riding in was hit by a 1998 Toyota Camry at Southbound Maryland Route 210 near Matthews Road. Zarti broke his neck and died from his injuries.
The Camry was driven by Sharon Leta Glisson, 67. Police say that she failed to yield the right of way when she turned in front of him. The motorcycle collision caused Zarti to be thrown from his motorcycle.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that the number of motorcycle deaths in Maryland increased by 60%—from 53 to 85 fatalities a year—from 2001 to 2005.
When involved in motor vehicle crashes, motorcycle riders tend to be more vulnerable to serious injuries than the passengers and drivers of cars, buses, and trucks. Motorcycle riders do not wear seatbelts to keep them safe, nor do they have the body of a vehicle around them to prevent them from being thrown from their motorcycle or crushed by other vehicles.
Despite the size of their motor vehicle, motorcycle riders have the same rights as everyone else on the road.
A few common instances when A motor vehicle driver might get into an accident with a motorcycle rider:
• A motorcyclist is making a turn in the driver’s blind spot
• Hazardous road conditions may compel a motorcycle rider to turn or swerve unexpectedly
• The driver of the motor vehicle is turning left in front of the rider
Motorcycle riders who are seriously injured because of another driver’s negligence on the road should contact an experienced personal injury lawyer who can investigate your accident and file your personal injury claim for you.
If you have lost a spouse, parent, or child in a motorcycle accident that was someone else’s fault, a personal injury lawyer can file a wrongful death lawsuit for you.
Bryan’s Road Man In Fatal MotorCycle Accident in Charles County, Southern Maryland Online
Motorcycle Deaths Renew Calls for Safety Measures in Maryland, Insurance Journal.com, June 13, 2007
Tips for Sharing the Road, The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles
Related Web Resources:
2007 Maryland Motorcycle Safety Program, MarylandMVA.com
To speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer in Maryland or the Washington D.C. area, contact Lebowitz and Mzhen today.