Friday, August 27, 2010

Carroll County Bicyclist Killed When Struck by Tractor Trailer

On Tuesday, August 24, 2010, Arthur John Martin, Jr., 51, a retired police officer, was riding his bicycle on Maryland 75 in Carroll County when he was struck by a tractor trailer.  The tractor trailer driver, Anthony Edward Woodie, 37, was operating his 1985 Peterbuilt on Shepherds Mill Road and was turning right on Maryland 75 when he failed to yield the right of way and struck Mr. Martin.  It was reported that Mr. Martin was thrown from his bicycle and then struck by the tractor-trailer.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Maryland State Police crash team are still investigating this accident and charges are currently pending against the tractor trailer driver.  There is no evidence to suggest that alcohol or speed contributed to this accident. This is yet another example of why the question keeps being raised, "Whether motorists should share the roads with bicyclists?"  Clearly, a 25-pound bicycle is no match for a 10,000-pound truck.  Bicyclists should be lobbying for designated bike lanes for bicycle safety.  Recently, advocates for the League of American Bicyclists were at the Capitol expressing their excitement over the bike lane extending between the Capitol and the White House.  If they can have them in Washington, D.C., why not everywhere?

If you, a family member, or someone you know has been involved in a bicycle accident, truck accident or automobile accident, please contact one of our Maryland Accident Lawyers for a free consultation or visit us on the web at

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Harford County Bicyclist Driving Under the Influence

If a motorist is riding his vehicle on the public highways under the influence of alcohol and causes an accident, should he be arrested for  "driving under the influence"?  Should these same laws apply to an individual riding his bicycle on the public highways?  If motorists  are forced to share the roads with bicycles, then perhaps they should be held accountable for obeying the laws of the highways and the same penalties and consequences should apply.

In a recent Harford County accident, a 33 year old man was leaving a bar in Bel Air on his bicycle on Thursday, August 12, 2010, when he ran into a motor vehicle.  The bicyclist, Matthew Parker was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma for head injuries.  The injuries appeared not to be life-threatening.    

According to Bel Air Police Chief, Leo Matrangola, they suspect Mr. Parker was riding his bicycle under the influence of alcohol and charges are currently pending.  The question especially arises when the intoxicated bicyclist causes an injury to someone other than himself.  Bicyclists currently advocate for laws that provide safety for themselves.  However, due to their increasing numbers we should not ignore certain safety issues that now arise for the automobile driver.  Perhaps a law change should only apply to a bicyclist who causes an accident that leads to an injury of the automobile driver.

If you, a family member or someone you know has been involved in a bike accident or car accident or you need more information on car and bike accidents, please contact Portner & Shure for a free consultation with one of our Maryland personal injury lawyers.

Anne Arundel County Accident Injures 3 and Driver Dies

A family was resting on a bench from a bicycle ride on Sunday, August 8, 2010, when a car crashed into them near Russett Green West and Ridgemoor Drive in Laurel, Maryland in Anne Arundel County. The couple was sitting on the bench with their two twin boys when a car struck a light pole and then continued on to strike the bench where they were sitting.

The operator of the vehicle, 63 year old, Ms. Ramota Oluyemisi Koletowo was rushed to the hospital where she later died.  The 36 year old man was flown to Shock Trauma and his 38 year old wife was transported to Johns Hopkins Hospital and their 4 year old son was rushed to Johns Hopkins Pediatric with head injuries.  Their second child was not injured. Police are still investigating the crash to determine whether it was fatigue or a medical emergency that contributed to the fatal car accident as Ms. Koletowo was on her way home from working an overnight shift.

The family injured in this accident is entitled to certain benefits from the driver's insurance company, that will cover some of their medical expenses and/or lost wage claim, resulting from  this accident.  These benefits are known as Personal Injury Protection benefits.  They would also be entitled to make a claim for bodily injuries in addition to pain and suffering against the deceased driver.   However, it would need to be determined if the driver was experiencing a medical emergency and whether the driver had prior knowledge of this medical condition that could put them or others at risk.  It is important in these types of accident, that you obtain the help of an experienced  Maryland personal injury lawyer who has handled "sudden emergency defenses."        

If you, a family member or someone you know has been involved in a car accident or you need more information on car accidents or sudden emergency defenses, please contact Portner & Shure for a free consultation with one of our Maryland  personal injury lawyers.