Motorcycle Accident Attorney Serving All of Maryland
It’s very easy to see why so many people in Maryland love to ride motorcycles. To start, motorcycles are stylish, fun, fast, and exhilarating to ride. Additionally, they’re great on gas, making them an economical form of transportation as well. However, unfortunately, motorcycles are more dangerous than cars or essentially any other motor vehicle, as bikers are far more exposed to the elements than all other drivers. If you are someone who has recently been involved in a motorcycle Maryland accident, you are most likely now severely injured. Fortunately, our experienced Anne Arundel County motorcycle accident attorney is here to help you fight for the financial compensation you deserve and need to get back on your feet again. Contact the Ruben Law Firm today to schedule a consultation.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
As with any other accident, sometimes motorcycle crashes are simply inevitable. Unfortunately, most accidents are caused by negligence. Some of the most frequent types of driver negligence our firm sees include the following:
- Distracted Driving: This is the number one cause of auto accidents in the United States. When we hear this term, the first thing that comes to mind is texting and driving. If you have been injured by a motorist who was texting and driving at the time of your accident, you do not have to suffer alone–our firm is here to help you fight for your rights.
- Driving Under the Influence: Though everybody knows the potential dangers of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, some people still do it. If you have been injured in a drunk driving accident, you know where to turn.
- Speeding: This is perhaps the most common form of driver negligence. All too frequently, people think they aren’t hurting anyone by going a little bit over the speed limit. However, these limits are in place for a reason, which is why anyone who crashes due to excessive speeds is almost always liable for the accident.
Types of Motorcycle Accidents
There are several different types of motorcycle accidents, all of which can cause serious injuries that sometimes may even prove fatal. Some of the most common types of motorcycle accidents are as follows:
- Left-Hand Turn Accidents: These generally occur when one vehicle collides with a motorcyclist either when the motorcyclist is passing the vehicle or is traveling through an intersection. Oftentimes, since motorcycles are a smaller size, certain vehicles will not see them coming. This is especially true for vehicles with larger blind spots, such as buses or trucks.
- Rear-End Accidents: These most frequently occur when vehicles follow motorcyclists too closely. If the biker applies his/her brakes and the other driver does not have time to stop, the result is usually devastating. Fortunately, in most cases, the rear-ended motorist qualifies for financial compensation.
- Head-On Collisions: Rather obviously, this is the deadliest type or motorcycle accident. If you have been injured in a head-on collision or have lost a loved one in one because another motorist was driving in the wrong lane, you will almost certainly be entitled to compensation.
- Poor Road Conditions: Poor road conditions, such as potholes or negligent road designs frequently cause motorcyclists to lose control of their vehicles and crash. If you have been injured because of unsafe road conditions, you may receive compensation for your injuries with the help of an experienced attorney.
What to do After a Motorcycle Accident
The moments after a collision are often a blur, especially when the accident is severe, as most motorcycle accidents are. However, as long as you are physically capable, there are several steps you should take to increase your chances of winning a future personal injury claim. After an accident, try your best to do the following:
- Call the police. They will deescalate any tension, as well as send an ambulance to transport you to the closest hospital for treatment.
- While you wait, ask the other driver for his/her insurance information and begin taking pictures of the accident and its aftermath.
- Politely ask anyone who saw the accident for a means to contact them, such as their phone number or email so you may use their testimony in the future.
- Once you have been transported to the hospital and are treated, ask your doctor for any documents regarding your injuries and their cause.
- Hire an attorney who is ready to gather and present the evidence needed to win your personal injury claim.
- Refrain from posting on social media until your case is resolved–insurance companies frequently monitor the accounts of those who file claims. If you post something that even slightly refutes your claim, they may take advantage and use it to deny you the compensation you need. Do not let this happen.
Statute of Limitations
Every state has a statute of limitations in place that dictates how long people have to take legal action against another party. The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Maryland is, generally, three years, which means injured motorcyclists will generally have three years from the date of their accident to sue. That being said, the sooner you pursue legal action, the better. We are ready to begin the claims process on your behalf–all you have to do is ask.
Upon winning a personal injury claim, you will recover “damages,” or financial compensation for the accident. There are two types of damages; economic and noneconomic. Economic damages are tangible financial losses, such as the cost of multiple surgeries, hospital stays, in-home care, lost wages, and more. On the other hand, noneconomic damages are non-monetary damages and are traditionally harder to calculate. Some examples of noneconomic damages include pain and suffering, the loss of enjoyment of life, disfigurement, the loss of companionship, and more. We know how important winning your claim is to you and your family, which is why we are prepared to focus solely on your needs so we can fight to win you the compensation you deserve.
Contact an Anne Arundel County Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Attorney Ruben has helped countless victims of negligence over the years, which is why we know he has what it takes to do the same for you. If you have been injured in a Maryland motorcycle accident, you must not delay. Contact the Ruben Law Firm today for a consultation so we can discuss your legal options going forward.