On the evening of Wednesday, July 10, a crash involving a motorcycle and a car in Hartford County injured Mike Hopkins, the executive director of the Maryland Racing Commission. Hopkins, who was riding his 2013 Harley Davidson motorcycle, was heading northbound on Route 1 when he struck a 2011 Chevrolet Cruz just north of the Route 136 intersection.
The Chevy Cruz, which was driven by a woman who has yet to be identified, had pulled out of Hartford Tire and failed to yield to Hopkins. Hopkins’s was thrown from the motorcycle as it collided with the Cruz, and the driver of the Cruz rolled into the opposite curb after losing consciousness.
The driver of the Chevrolet was transported to Upper Chesapeake Hospital, while Hopkins was airlifted to the University of Maryland’s Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. He underwent two surgeries for a broken pelvis, a broken clavicle, and five broken ribs. The accident remains under investigation, but Hopkins insists that he is healing well.
A car failing to yield to motorcycle traffic is one of the leading causes of motorcycle accidents in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Being a smaller vehicle with one headlamp, a motorcycle may appear to many drivers as though it is either farther away than it truly is, or moving more slowly than it is actually traveling. This causes many cars to enter intersections in front of motorcycles, which in turn contributes to many injuries for bikers.
At the Bethesda offices of Lewis & Tompkins, our Maryland motorcycle accident attorneys offer Mike Hopkins their best wishes for a full and speedy recovery.