Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Motorcyclists are almost 26 times more likely to die in a crash than a car driver. They are also five times more likely to be injured. A motorcyclist is in constant danger of personal injury. Negligent vehicle drivers, poor road conditions and even a defective auto product can lead to serious injuries. It is important to know your legal rights and to have a Maryland personal injury lawyer with you.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Two-thirds of all motorcycle crashes happen when another driver violates the motorcycle operator’s right of way. It only takes a moment for the driver of a car, truck or other vehicle to make a bad choice and change the life of a motorcyclist. Motorcycles are simply smaller visual objects. So other drivers on the road must make an effort to consciously look out for them. Distracted and negligent drivers must be held accountable for their actions. Did the other driver fail to look for a motorcycle? Was the car driver on the cell phone or driving under the influence of alcohol?
Design or Manufacturing Flaws
Let’s face it, part of the allure of motorcycles is the freedom and the thrill that comes with it. Sadly, the freedom and rush that comes from riding doesn’t come with crashworthiness. Motorcycles have no roof, no airbag, no safety belt and no steel cage to protect the operator and/or any passengers. This lack of protection puts more importance on the experience of the rider and the quality of manufacturing of the bike.
When determining liability for a traffic collision, a Maryland personal injury lawyer will take many factors into account. When only the motorcycle rider is involved in the crash, the makeup and manufacturing of the bike may be considered in determining liability. Are there design flaws or manufacturing defects in the motorcycle that caused or contributed to the crash? Some vehicle models have inherent flaws. Others may be in the midst of a recall. If a defective motorcycle causes a crash, the manufacturer could be held liable.
Just as motorcyclists are more likely to be impacted by the weather, they are also more affected by road conditions. The government agency in charge of maintaining the roads has an obligation to make the streets safe for all motorists. When poor road conditions such as potholes or uneven pavement lead to a motorcycle collision, the governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway could be held liable as well.
Protecting your Legal Rights
If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash, please call the experienced lawyers at Alpert Schreyer. for a free consultation and case evaluation. Call us at 1 (844)-MDCRASH or 1 (844) 632-7274 to find out if you can seek compensation for your motorcycle repair, medical bills, any rehabilitation you may require and even any loss of wages you may have sustained.
Maryland Motorcycle Helmet Law
In the state, all motorcyclists are required by law to wear a helmet while riding on the road. It is not required that you wear a helmet while riding off road on a motorcycle. Riding your motorcycle on the road without a helmet is a criminal misdemeanor and could lead to fines of up to $500.This law was enacted in 1992 with the intent to lower Maryland motorcycle collision fatalities.
There is debate each year in Maryland legislature to determine whether to keep the helmet law in effect or not. Some amendments suggested have included allowing riders of a certain age to be allowed to ride helmet-free. Year after year, however, the law has remained the same. Those in favor of the law recognize that helmets dramatically increase your chances of surviving a motorcycle crash. Those against the law believe that forcing a rider to wear a helmet is a direct violation of their personal rights and an intrusion into their personal freedoms.
Motorcyclists are simply at a disadvantage if they are involved in a collision with an automobile. Riders have no seatbelts, steal cages around them or airbags to soften the impact of a collision. Motorcyclists can suffer serious physical injuries or death as the result of another driver’s negligence. You would think that the helmet law would decrease the number of motorcycle fatalities, but the statistics are not that simple.
In fact, in recent years it appears that motorcycle fatalities are on the rise in the state. In 2004 there were 69 motorcycle crash fatalities. In 2006, there were 84 motorcycle collision fatalities. In 2008, there were 88 motorcycle accident fatalities. It is inaccurate, however, to say that motorcycle helmets are not effective. There is consistent evidence that helmets prevent or minimize head injuries in motorcycle collisions.
If you have been in a motorcycle crash, you may need a motorcycle collision attorney to help you receive compensation for the injuries and damages you suffered as a result of the accident. The first job for your lawyer will be to establish who is liable for your crash. The fault may fall on the other driver, the government agency responsible for the road conditions or even the manufacturer of your motorcycle. If another driver caused the crash, your Waldorf motorcycle collision attorney will have to establish that the other driver did not uphold a duty of care and therefore caused the accident. Was the other driver drinking, distracted or negligent? An attorney can help negotiate settlements with insurance companies or represent you in court to help you recover fair compensation for your injuries, damages and losses.
The motorcycle injury lawyers at Alpert Schreyer, LLC have represented motorcycle riders for years. We understand the ins and outs to motorcycle laws. Call 1 (844)-MDCRASH or 1 (844) 632-7274 right away for a free review of your claim.