Maryland Hit and Run Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Attorneys in Maryland and Washington, D.C., Helping Motorcycle Accident Victims Recover
A motorcycle accident can be a traumatic experience, especially when the person who hit you flees from the scene without giving you his or her information. Not only leaving the scene of an injury-causing accident against the law, but it can also make it extremely difficult for victims to get the compensation they deserve. In fact, in some cases, it is impossible to determine the identity of the person who caused the accident, leaving victims with no alternative but to seek compensation from their insurance policies, which is often more difficult than it should be.
Fortunately, there is help available. The experienced personal injury attorneys of Alpert Schreyer, LLC, are committed to helping hit and run accident victims get the compensation to which they are entitled. We understand how distressing these kinds of experiences can be and do everything we can to make sure that our clients can focus on their physical and emotional recovery. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, contact us online or call our office today at (844) 632-7274 or send us an email through our online contact form.
Why Do Hit and Run Motorcycle Accidents Occur?
If you are like many victims of a hit and run motorcycle accident, there is a good chance that you are still in disbelief that this has happened to you. Most of us would never dream of leaving the scene of an accident we caused, making it shocking that someone did exactly that after hitting while you were on your bike. While hit and run accidents occur for a number of reasons (including some that are innocent), typically, there is some underlying criminal issue that causes people to flee. Common reasons that a driver may flee the scene of an accident include the following:
- The driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- The driver had an active arrest warrant
- The driver had drugs or other contraband in the car
- The driver did not have an active insurance policy at the time of the accident
Leaving the scene of an accident is a crime itself, so the police will almost certainly investigate your case and try and find the driver of the vehicle that hit you. Importantly, however, this criminal investigation is completely separate from any claim for compensation you may have, so do not make the mistake of thinking that the police are going to make sure that your bills get paid and that you get the compensation you deserve—only your lawyer will do that.
Recovering Compensation After a Hit and Run Motorcycle Accident
As mentioned above, recovering compensation after a hit and run motorcycle accident can be complicated. If they find the driver who caused your accident and he or she is insured, you will be able to make a claim on the driver’s policy just as you would in an “ordinary” accident where the other driver stops. If you cannot find the driver of the other vehicle or the other driver does not have insurance, you will likely need to make a claim on your own policy, provided that you carry uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage (which you are required to do in Maryland and D.C.).
Whether you are dealing with your own insurance company or the other driver’s, it’s important to keep in mind that every insurance company is doing the same thing—trying to minimize the amount they pay out. For this reason, it’s important to retain an attorney to represent you in settlement negotiations, even if the insurance company has indicated its willingness to settle your case out of court. You lawyer will thoroughly investigate your claim and make sure that all of your losses are documented and that any settlement you accept is adequate. Some of the kinds of losses that should be addressed in your motorcycle accident settlement include the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Loss of quality of life
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
- Property damage
There may be additional damages available in your case. The best way to make sure that you obtain the compensation you deserve after a motorcycle accident is to see your physician, comply with all treatment recommendations, and retain an attorney as soon as you can.
How Much Will a Motorcycle Accident Attorney in Maryland Cost?
It is completely understandable to be worried about taking on additional expenses after sustaining injuries in a motorcycle accident. Chances are that you’ve incurred significant unexpected medical expenses are may even be unable to work for weeks or even months. As a result, you may be hesitant to retain an attorney—especially if the insurance company is offering to settle your case without putting up a fight.
Fortunately, at Alpert Schreyer, LLC, we take all of our personal injury cases on a contingent fee basis, which means that you will never have to pay us anything for our services unless we recover compensation for you. By using this type of fee arrangement, we are able to make sure that injured victims have access to legal representation, regardless of their financial position.
Call Us Today to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation With a Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a hit and run motorcycle accident, it is essential that you retain an attorney as soon as possible. At Alpert Schreyer, LLC we regularly help accident victims hold those responsible for their injuries accountable and do everything we can to make sure that every client we represent obtains the full amount of compensation to which they are entitled. We offer completely free case evaluations and will never collect any legal fees from you unless we successfully recover compensation on your behalf. To schedule a free case evaluation with a motorcycle accident lawyer in Maryland, call our office today at (844) 632-7274 or send us an email through our online contact form.