• July 19, 2022

Motorcyclist Killed in Crash with Dump Truck on Central Ave in Capitol Heights, MD

Capitol Heights, MD — July 15, 2022, a motorcyclist died in a collision with a dump truck on Central Avenue in Capitol Heights.

According to reports the incident happened just before 2:00 p.m. on Central Ave (MD-214) at Yacht Place. The cause and circumstances of the crash aren't clear yet, but responders found a motorcycle and a dump truck crashed at the Yacht Place intersection, after which the dump truck leaked fuel and caught fire.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Motorcycle/Truck Crash in Capitol Heights

So far reports are limited to just a few bare facts about this crash, in that a motorcycle and a dump truck collided on an urban highway. While investigators work to connect more dots about what happened, I hope they'll also make it a point to learn how and why things went that way. Was someone speeding or not paying attention? Did one operator fail to yield to the other? Did a vehicle malfunction and make its operator lose control? That's just a few of the many detail-oriented questions that urgently need answers still, and they'll only be resolved through careful investigation.

Motorcyclist Killed in Crash with Dump Truck on Central Ave in Capitol Heights, MD

The need to be thorough is amplified in this accident because it happened in Maryland, which is one of just four states using an outdated system of liability called pure contributory negligence. In a nutshell, this system says that an injured victim found at all responsible for their injuries is barred from recovery—even if they're just 1% at fault. Obviously that's weighted heavily against victims, so in order to successfully pursue a claim they must have an airtight case with abundant clear evidence.

Unfortunately police traffic divisions don't always have the time or resources to help victims and families create such a case. They'll work out a timeline of events but may not go the extra mile to find every detail, even if doing so could make a huge difference in securing much-needed help for those affected. That's why I often recommend that victims and families affected by tragic incidents like this work with independent investigators to find the proof needed to hold the right parties accountable.

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