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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 Law, LLC, 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.

Contact our team online or by phone today at (301) 820-7820 to get started with our motorcycle accident lawyer in Maryland. We’re a boutique firm offering individualized, family-oriented legal services.

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

Common Injuries in Motorcycle Accidents

Some of the most common injuries include:

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI): Even with helmets, motorcyclists can suffer from TBIs due to the impact of a crash. These injuries can lead to long-term cognitive, physical, and emotional impairments.
  • Spinal Cord Injuries: Damage to the spinal cord can result in partial or full paralysis, seriously altering the victim’s quality of life. Rehabilitation and adaptive equipment may be necessary for recovery.
  • Fractures and Broken Bones: The force of a motorcycle collision often results in fractures, particularly in the arms, legs, and ribs. These injuries can demand extensive medical treatment and prolonged recovery periods.
  • Road Rash: When a motorcyclist is thrown from their bike and skids across the pavement, they can suffer from road rash. This painful condition involves severe skin abrasions that can lead to infections and permanent scarring.
  • Internal Injuries: The effect of a motorcycle crash can cause damage to internal organs, resulting in internal bleeding and other life-threatening conditions that may not be immediately apparent.
  • Facial Injuries: These may vary from minor cuts and bruises to more serious damage requiring reconstructive surgery. Facial injuries can also cause long-term emotional trauma and psychological effects.

What Damages Could Be Recovered in a Motorcycle Accident Claim?

Possible damages include:

  • Medical Expenses: This includes all past, current, and future medical costs related to the accident. It covers hospital stays, surgeries, medications, physical therapy, and any necessary medical equipment.
  • Lost Wages: If the injury stops the victim from working, they can claim compensation for the earnings lost during recovery.
  • Pain and Suffering: Compensation for physical pain and emotional misery caused by the accident. This can be a significant portion of the damages, especially in cases of severe and long-lasting injuries.
  • Property Damage: The cost of restoring or replacing the motorcycle and any other personal property damaged in the incident.
  • Rehabilitation Costs: Many motorcycle accident victims require extensive rehabilitation to recover fully. Compensation can cover physical therapy, occupational therapy, and other forms of rehabilitative care.
  • Loss of Consortium: If the injuries affect the victim’s relationship with their spouse, they could be qualified to compensation for loss of companionship, affection, and support.
  • Punitive Damages: In instances where the at-fault party’s conduct was particularly reckless or egregious, punitive damages may be awarded. These are intended to punish the wrongdoer and deter similar behavior in the future.

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 Maryland motorcycle accident attorneys today at (301) 820-7820 for a free case evaluation.

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