Motorcyclist Killed in Transit Bus Accident on Ellin Road in Prince George’s County, MD
Prince George's County, MD -- April 30, 2021, a motorcyclist was killed after an accident where their vehicle and a transit bus crashed on Ellin Road.
Investigators responded to Ellin Road near the New Carrollton Metro station at approximately 3:00 p.m.
In their reports, officials said that a motorcycle was eastbound on Ellin passing the transit station. An oncoming Metrobus reportedly made a left turn across the motorcycle's path, resulting in a collision.
The motorcyclist succumbed to fatal injuries as a result of the crash. No other injuries were reported. Right now, additional factors surrounding the crash are unavailable.
Commentary on Motorcycle Transit Bus on Ellin Road in Prince George's County
There isn't much to go on here as authorities continue to investigate what exactly led to the collision. I wouldn't want to jump to any conclusions without clearer evidence. Unfortunately, some folks out there may not be so prudent. One thing that always concerns me is how thorough investigations are after a fatal motorcycle wreck. Put simply, there's a common bias against motorcyclists, and that can lead to faulty reporting.
People tend to think of motorcyclists as reckless even though most riders are perfectly safety conscious. In fact, motorcyclists generally have to exercise extreme caution because there are so many other drivers that fail to keep a proper lookout for them. Despite this, people tend to look at reports like this and immediately focus on the possibility that the motorcyclist was speeding recklessly rather than the possibility that the bus failed to yield. Is it possible that speeding could lead to a crash like this? Of course, but jumping to conclusions based on some unfounded misconception doesn't help anyone.
Unfortunately, I've even had cases where the authorities let this negative bias affect their investigations. Only after more thorough independent investigations did the truth come to light. Is that going to prove necessary here, as well? At the very least, leaving a devastating crash like this up to chance likely isn't the best move when there's a family out there that deserves answers.