Deadly Motorcycle Crash in Maryland Reportedly Caused by Motorist’s Failure to Yield
Posted on August 25, 2016
A fatal collision between a motorcycle and a sport utility vehicle occurred on Tuesday, August 23 in Glen Burnie, Maryland. Police in Anne Arundel County later identified the victim as 23-year-old Carlos Pankau, who was from Maple Tree Lane in Glen Burnie, MD.
According to a preliminary investigation, Pankau was headed in the western direction on his motorcycle on Marley Neck Boulevard. At that time, the operator of a 2006 Ford Explorer headed in the opposite direction tried to turn left on East Howard Road. There was a collision between the vehicles, causing Pankau to be thrown from the motorcycle and onto the shoulder of the road. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Police said Pankau was wearing a helmet at the time of the motorcycle accident.
The other motorist, 68-year-old Ronald Waters, lives on Seagrove Road in Glenn Burnie, Maryland. He did not sustain any injuries in the motor vehicle accident.
The principal cause of the motorcycle accident appears to be a failure to yield the right of way on the part of Waters. Police said that neither alcohol consumption nor speed contributed to the accident. Law enforcement is currently conducting an investigation into the cause of the fatal crash. Police also said that any potential criminal charges or traffic charges will be reviewed by the State’s Attorney’s Office.
Traffic Law Violations Committed by Motorists
Very often, motorists commit traffic law violations that cause motorcycle accidents. Some common traffic violations are:
- Failure to yield the right way
- Driving at an excessive rate of speed
- Changing lanes illegally
- Failure to adhere to traffic signals
Errors Committed by Motorists
Motorists often commit errors while driving that can have disastrous consequences. In some cases, these motorists fail to notice the motorcycle that is adjacent to them, or if they do, it is too late to prevent a crash. Some common errors made by motorists on roadways in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and elsewhere in the US include:
- Distraction from the use of cell phones, including talking and texting, as well as playing loud music
- Lack of driver experience
- Delay in using reflexes, as is sometimes the case with the elderly or handicapped persons
- Driving while intoxicated
- Road rage
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident caused by the negligence of a motorist, call the motorcycle accident attorneys at Proner and Proner. Our experienced legal team can assist you throughout the legal process and help you get the compensation you deserve.