Woman Killed in Bicycle, Truck Accident on River Road in Montgomery County, MD
Montgomery County, MD -- August 25, 2022, one person was killed after an accident where a semi-truck hit a bicyclist on River Road.
Investigators reported that the crash took place just after 4:00 p.m. along River Road near Little Falls Parkway.
According to officials, an unidentified woman was on a bicycle traveling along River Road. While doing so, a flatbed truck somehow hit the woman.
Due to the collision, the woman sustained fatal injuries. No other injuries were reported. At this time, the cause of the collision remains unclear.
Commentary on Bicycle, Truck Accident on River Road in Montgomery County
I just want to be clear that I don't know what happened here. It's just as possible the victim rode out into traffic as it is the truck turned without looking and hit the cyclist who was minding their own business. What I want to address, though, is that there are inherent challenges with serious commercial truck wrecks. Understanding them can be crucial for victims and families, and that's rarely more true than in a state like Maryland.
Put simply, Maryland has something called Contributory Negligence. It essentially allows someone to escape responsibility for an accident if they can put just 1% of the blame on the victim. The reason this is so important to anticipate is because trucking companies always go to great lengths to avoid responsibility. I always encourage folks to learn about these tactics, but when I see a crash like this happen in a state with laws as ridiculous Contributory Negligence, I can't help doing what I can to ensure people are informed.