Motorcycle Accident Attorneys in Maryland
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Motorcyclists are some of the most at-risk for accidents and injuries when sharing the roadways with cars and trucks. Unfortunately, many drivers don’t pay attention to motorcycles on the road, which can lead to serious accidents and catastrophic injuries. Even when a motorcyclist wears a helmet, injuries are hard to avoid, given the lack of protection provided by a motorcycle.
At Potter Burnett Law, our team of experienced motorcycle accident lawyers is committed to protecting your rights. Motorcyclists in accidents can suffer a variety of serious injuries and even death. Whether you are seeking compensation for damages or are suffering from minor or major injuries, we can help you navigate the intricacies of your case.
How Do Motorcycle Accidents Happen?
Motorcycle accidents are particularly dangerous because riders lack the basic protections afforded to occupants of passenger vehicles, like seat belts, airbags, and the outer structure of the car. In fact, motorcyclists are, on average, 29 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in crashes per vehicle mile traveled. Riders are far more likely to be thrown from their motorcycles and suffer severe injuries in a crash like broken bones, spinal cord and neck injuries, and traumatic brain injuries.
Despite the common belief that motorcyclists are reckless and daredevils, a majority of motorcycle accidents are caused by negligent drivers. Common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Speeding: Many motorcyclists are struck from behind by speeding cars, including those that drive through yellow or red lights or make quick turns. Motorcyclists have many of the same rights and responsibilities on the road as drivers, but they’re often not given the same respect.
- Lane Changes: Many motorists fail to properly check potential blind spots for smaller vehicles, like motorcyclists, and cause crashes.
- Drunk driving: Drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs aren’t as likely to notice a motorcyclist on the road due to their smaller size. Impaired driving also involves slower reaction times, meaning drivers are less likely to swerve or brake in time before hitting a motorcycle.
- Distracted driving: Lots of accidents are caused when drivers fail to notice a motorcyclist hidden in their blind spot. Drivers who are distracted by their phones, radio, or other people in the car spend less time focusing on the road and being aware of their surroundings.
If a negligent driver caused your accident and injuries, don’t hesitate to reach out to our firm. Each client can expect to be directly connected to an attorney who can give them the undivided attention they deserve.
Tips for Preventing a Motorcycle Accident
- Always wear your gear
- Make sure you are seen on the roads
- Wear your helmet
- Avoid riding in bad weather
- Don't drink and drive
Motorcycle Accident FAQs
What is required to get a motorcycle license in Maryland?
To operate a motorcycle, you need a valid Maryland driver’s license. You must then pass a Motorcycle Safety Program course and present your certificate to the MVA to receive a Class M license.
What are the “share the road with motorcycles” campaigns?
These campaigns draw attention to drivers sharing the road with bicycles and motorcycles, who have the same rights as other drivers. It is important to remain vigilant around bicycles and motorcycles because they face unique safety challenges due to their size and limited visibility.
What can I get compensated for in a motorcycle case?
You can make a claim for your property damage, medical bills, lost wages, and any other out of pocket expenses you have incurred because of the crash. You may also make a claim for future medical expenses, future lost income, and any pain and suffering that resulted from the crash.
Is there PIP coverage on motorcycles in Maryland?
PIP coverage is not mandatory for motorcycles in Maryland, and many insurers do not offer PIP for motorcycles in Maryland. State law allows insurers to exclude the coverage to motorcycles due to the high risk of injuries.
You deserve to be represented by a team of lawyers who aren’t afraid to fight on your behalf. Call our trial-ready motorcycle accident lawyers in Maryland today at (301) 820-7820 for a free case evaluation.
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