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Bus crash claims the life of Maryland teenager on motorcycle

Fatal accidents are always tragic but can be the most devastating when they take the life of a person who is just coming into adulthood. Two months ago a fatal bus crash in Maryland claimed the life of a young teenage boy and injured another boy. Vehicle or car accidents like these forever impact the lives of victims and the lives of their family and friends.

The auto accident occurred when two friends riding a dirt bike collided with a bus that was making a left turn. The operator of the off-road motorcycle was traveling on a roadway without registration and police claim the bike should never have been on a roadway. In addition, the boy driving the motorcycle incorrectly applied only the back brakes causing the bike to skid. According to the police, neither of the boys on the off-road motorcycle was wearing a helmet or any other safety gear.

Law enforcement preparing to close the accident investigation have found dual fault in the collision. Their reports found that the bus driver was at fault, but that the driver of the motorcycle also contributed to the accident. The motorcyclist was traveling on a roadway without registration for the bike and was found to have contributed to this fatal crash. On the other hand, the bus driver did not yield the right of way. Currently, Maryland law does not allow victims to sue for compensation as a result of an accident in which they were at least partially negligent themselves, although the Maryland Court of Appeals is currently considering a challenge to this law.

One of the boys was pronounced dead at Peninsula Regional Medical Center and the other was airlifted to Baltimore. Investigators noted that although they are preparing to close their investigation, the county prosecutors will decide whether to prosecute the bus driver.

Source:, "WICOMICO FATALS: Police continue to probe September bus incidents," Jennifer Shutt, Nov. 14, 2012

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