Maryland Fatal Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Deadly Motorcycle Crash
In the wake of a tragic motorcycle accident that caused the death of a loved one, you have been suffering great emotional and financial distress. You want justice from the responsible party, but dealing with a wrongful death lawsuit at this difficult time sounds like it might be more trouble than it’s worth. However, our compassionate attorneys can handle your legal matters on your behalf so you can focus on healing.
At Alpert Schreyer, LLC, we understand how sensitive these matters can be. You can depend on us to treat you and your case with respect and professionalism. To discuss the details of your case with a member of our experienced legal staff, please call 1 (844)-MDCRASH. We offer free, comprehensive consultations.
Motorcycle Crash Fatality Statistics
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), between 2001 and 2008, there were more than 34,000 fatalities and approximately 1,222,000 reported injuries among motorcyclists. The group facing the highest risk of fatality and injury during that period consisted of people ages 20-24. Accident rates displayed a general upward trend throughout each subsequent year.
Most Common Causes of Motorcycle Deaths
Findings in the Hurt Report among other statistical analyses of motorcycle accidents indicate that the following are the most common causes of fatalities among motorcyclists:
- Violations of road laws, such as speeding, distracted driving and drunk driving
- Failure of motorists to detect and recognize motorcycles in their vicinity
- Lack of protective clothing and/or high-visibility clothing
- Highway construction and repairs
In many accident cases, the offending motorist states that s/he did not see the motorcycle at all. Inattention, among other bad motorist behaviors, commonly leads to rear-end collisions, intersection collisions, dooring accidents and driveway accidents, all of which contribute heavily to motorcycle fatality rates each year.
Proving Liability and Collecting Damages
To find success in your wrongful death claim, you must be able to prove that the defendant:
- Failed their duty to exercise reasonable care under the circumstances;
- The failure led to the death of the victim; and
- Caused damages.
An attorney can help you establish the factors above by gathering foundational material evidence, such as police and medical reports, photos of injuries and damages to property and video footage (if available). Testimonies from witnesses and accident reconstruction experts can also act as strong supporting evidence.
As for damages, you may recover both economic and non-economic damages, such as funeral and medical expenses, lost earnings, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, loss of future support and services and more. Many times, the size of a settlement award is determined by the strength of the claim. To ensure you receive optimal compensation, consult with an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney for professional guidance.
No Risk Representation
All too often, people with legitimate claims choose not to take legal action because they are worried about the cost of losing, or simply because they cannot afford it. At Alpert Schreyer, LLC, we don’t ask for payment upfront as our injury cases are handled on a contingency fee basis. For more details, contact our offices today.