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Silver Spring Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

Few people have much sympathy for motorcyclists involved in accidents. Unfair stereotypes sadly make it difficult for motorcycle riders to earn appropriate legal compensation for their injuries, even though most motorcyclists are safe, responsible motorists. Unfortunately, motorcycles lack the solid protection provided by an automobile or a truck when the unthinkable happens. Because motorcycles are so much smaller and harder to see than other vehicles, such accidents are often caused by drivers of cars and trucks—not the motorcyclist.

The motorcycle accident lawyers at DuBoff & Associates, Chartered understand that motorcyclists are as deserving of justice as anyone else on the roadway.

Common motorcycle accident injuries

When motorcyclists are involved in accidents, the results are often devastating. Common motorcycling injuries include:

  • Fractures, often complex and severe, because a motorcycle accident almost invariably leads to a fall against a roadway
  • Head injuries and traumatic brain injuries (TBI), which can have serious impacts on both the physical abilities and the very personality of the victim
  • Road rash and other skin abrasions, which occur when riders skid along the surface of the roadway following a crash

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), the fatality rate for motorcycle accidents in the United States is more than four times higher than for automobile accidents. Motorcycle accidents often lead to wrongful death cases as a result.

Proving your motorcycle accident personal injury case

At DuBoff & Associates, Chartered, our personal injury lawyers know that motorcyclists go into any courtroom or insurance negotiation with at least one big strike against them: the misconception that motorcyclists are usually responsible for their accidents. This is why victims in such accidents should retain experienced legal counsel as soon as possible to ensure that evidence is collected, motions filed and paperwork prepared before anyone can build a case that the accident was the victim’s fault.

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident, you may be able to recover fair compensation for medical and rehabilitation expenses, property damage and lost wages, among other claims.

What should I do if I am involved in an accident on my motorcycle?

First and foremost, you should call 911 to make sure police and first aid arrive and you get medical attention if you need it.

If possible, you should take photos of any injuries or damage to your motorcycle. Keep copies of any medical records or bills, and make records of any related expenses. If you are unable to immediately meet with an attorney, it is important that you do not admit any fault or sign anything (i.e. any forms from an insurer) in order to preserve your rights. Any statements you make or forms that you sign have the potential to damage your case.

I was in a traffic accident when a car turned left in front of me while I was riding my motorcycle. Who is at fault?

A car making a left turn is almost always liable for a collision with a vehicle coming straight in the other direction. Exceptions to this near-automatic rule can apply if the vehicle going straight ran a red light or if there is a finding that the “last clear chance” rule applies.

I was injured in a motorcycle accident, but I wasn’t wearing a helmet. Can I still recover damages from the other driver?

Currently, Section 21-1306 of the Transportation Article of the MD Code requires that all motorcyclists operating a motorcycle wear a helmet. However, it is inadmissible in a civil trial for personal injuries as to whether or not you were wearing a helmet at the time of the collision. Motorcycle helmets greatly reduce serious injury and death and we strongly urge everyone to wear a helmet.  

If I get into an accident on my motorcycle, should I get a lawyer to help me?

You should talk to a qualified attorney to understand whether you have a valid claim for damages. Issues in your case, like compliance with traffic laws, motor vehicle regulations, medical treatment, and liability, all are best understood by an experienced motorcycle accident attorney.

What kind of compensation can I receive after being involved in a motorcycle accident?

The compensation you might receive will depend on the circumstances of your accident and your personal injury claim. To give you an idea though, you may be able to include some or all of the following factors in your claim:

-Permanent full or partial disability
-Loss of the use of one or more limbs
-Pain and suffering
-Scarring and disfigurement
-Lost wages
-Damage to your vehicle
-Medical expenses
-Prescription drug costs
-Physical therapy expenses

There may also be other items you can include in your claim. Our team will be able to tell you exactly what you could include in your truck accident claim after a consultation.

Helping victims of Maryland motorcycle accident injuries fight for their rights

At DuBoff & Associates, we know how to help victims of motorcycle accidents. Our law firm practices throughout Washington, D.C. and all of Maryland, including Washington County, Howard County, Calvert County, Charles County and Kent County. Contact us online or at 301.495.3131 today to arrange a consultation.

Home and hospital visits are available to our seriously injured clients who are unable to make it to our office and we offer evening and weekend appointments when necessary. We are pleased to offer free initial consultations in personal injury cases and offer contingency fee arrangements when appropriate.

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