At the end of April, it was reported that a Maryland resident was out riding his motorcycle when he was hit by a Metrobus. This accident happened mid-afternoon on April 30. The motorcyclist initially survived the event but later died at the hospital.
According to reports, the 44-year-old male was operating his motorcycle near Harkins and Ellin Roads when a Metrobus, which was headed westbound on Ellin Road, attempted a left-hand turn in front of him. Sadly, the two collided. First responders promptly transported the victim to an area hospital for treatment, but he could not be saved.
The driver of the bus walked away unharmed. No passengers were injured as, thankfully, the bus was empty at the time of the collision. The crash remains under investigation. It is unclear if any charges are pending against the bus driver.
Victim’s loved ones may seek compensation for their losses
When a motorcyclist is killed in a collision, if another person’s negligence is to blame — even if only partially — the victim’s loved ones may be entitled to seek compensation for their losses. The state of Maryland allows surviving family members to pursue civil claims against the party or parties deemed responsible in an effort to recover any documented damages — such as funeral expenses, medical costs, lost wages, loss of consortium and various others.
The family of the motorcyclist is likely entitled to file claims against the transit authority or directly against the driver believed responsible for the crash. A settlement may be negotiated out of court or, if necessary and appropriate, the case may be taken to trial. If it calls for it, claims may also be filed with the victim’s insurance provider in an effort to seek maximum relief.