If you are personally injured or a close family member is injured in a motorcycle accident, a Maryland motorcycle accident lawyer at Pinder Plotkin can help you obtain fair compensation for your injuries, loss, and damages. After an accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your medical expenses, any lost earnings while you are recuperating, damage to your motorcycle, suffering and more.
As you are recuperating from your injuries, we can represent you and deal with lawyers for other parties involved in the accident, insurance companies. To know more about how our Maryland personal injury attorneys can help make you whole again after a motorcycle accident, simply contact us by calling (410) 525-5337.
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How Will I Benefit from Hiring a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Maryland?
Most people never realize the importance of consulting a motorcycle accident attorney until it is too late. Motorcycle accidents often result in debilitating injuries that require numerous surgeries and many years of therapy before the affected person can live their life comfortably. It is important to note that insurance companies will at times fight to pay as little compensation as possible to the person injured in a motorcycle accident.
While you are recovering, you can rest assured that your interests are protected and you have the best legal minds fighting for your interests in hiring a motorcycle accident attorney from the law firm of Pinder Plotkin.
After an accident, you should not speak to anybody or sign any documents before you have consulted with your attorney. Remember that the insurance policies that cover motorcycles are different from those used for vehicles. This is why it is important that you hire one of our lawyers as they will guide you on what motorcycle accident claims entail.
On engaging a motorcycle accident attorney from Pinder Plotkin, they will work tirelessly to ensure that:
- Your medical and treatment expenses get paid
- You are reimbursed for any costs you incur while getting physical therapy
- You receive compensation for money spent on surgeries and medical procedures such as imaging (MRIs, X-rays and other procedures)
- You receive compensation for any earnings that you lose as you recuperate
- You receive fair and reasonable compensation for all the suffering and pain as a result of the accident
If the motorcycle accident results into an accidental death, our attorneys will pursue survival and wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of your family and the deceased loved one.
How Much Is My Motorcycle Accident Case Worth?
It is almost impossible to predict the total compensation that you should receive immediately after a motorcycle accident. This is because there are many factors that are considered when an insurance company is calculating the compensation due to you. Should your compensation claim case fail to be resolved amicably and the claim case goes to court, the jury also considers many factors when deciding the damages that you should be awarded. The facts surrounding your motorcycle accident can make the value of your settlement vary from both the national average and the average compensation in Maryland.
It is also important to note that you cannot gauge your potential compensation based on the average figures in Maryland since the average compensation amount in Maryland takes into account hundreds and even thousands of motorcycle accidents in which people only get minimal injuries and damages.
If you were involved in an accident that resulted in serious life-threatening injuries, you can expect your compensation to be higher than the average compensation amount in Maryland. To better understand the potential value of your motorcycle accident case, it is best that you directly consult our Maryland motorcycle accident attorneys.
Do the Injuries I Have Sustained Affect the Compensation That I Will Receive?
Injuries are one of the most important factors that juries and insurance companies consider when calculating the compensation due to you. If you receive permanent injuries in a motorcycle accident, you can expect a higher compensation compared to when you have temporary injuries. However, temporary injuries can also significantly add to the total compensation amount you are owed.
If you sustain serious injuries and they are confirmed through diagnostic testing by doctors, you are guaranteed to get higher compensation. Some of the injuries that can greatly increase the level of compensation that you receive on filing a motorcycle accident claim include:
- Herniated discs
- Head trauma injuries
- Brain damage
- Back injuries such as injuries to the spinal cord
- Fractured bones
- Any injuries that lead to the need for corrective surgical procedures
However, when calculating the total compensation owed to you, juries and insurance companies also take into account injuries to soft tissues and other types of injuries that cannot be easily confirmed through diagnostic testing. In fact, when calculating the total level of compensation owed to a motorcycle accident victim, most insurance companies use proprietary software to award monetary value to injuries such as:
- Muscle spasms
- Restriction in movement
- Vision impairments
One of the key roles of the professional attorney that you engage from Pinder Plotkin will be to explain to the jury hearing your case how any of these injuries no matter their extent will affect the quality of life that you will live at the current moment and in the foreseeable future.
If I Do Not Sustain Any Injuries in a Motorcycle Accident, How Will My Settlement Be Affected?
Aside from the injuries that you sustain in a motorcycle accident, there are other factors that a jury considers when determining the value of your claim. They include:
- The specific facts surrounding your accidents. Here, the jury will look at important events in your accident such as who was responsible for the occurrence of the accident and mitigating factors such as the condition of other vehicles involved in the accident, the speed of all parties involved and more
- The jury will also consider whether you can prove that you actually sustained your injuries from the motorcycle accident and not an earlier event
- The testimony of the witnesses who witnessed the accident will also be considered
- The jury will also consider the credibility of witnesses you bring forward
- The jury will also consider your credibility and the credibility of other parties involved in the accident
- The arguments put up by the lawyers of the other party involved in the accident will also be considered
- The defense that your Maryland motorcycle accident attorney puts upon the claims made by the attorneys for the other party will also be considered
When determining the value of your claim, the jury will also take into account the suffering and pain that you have suffered as a result of the motorcycle crash. Unfortunately, the software used by insurance assessors usually tends to downplay the value of pain and suffering. This is another reason why it is a good idea to have a proficient Maryland accident lawyer handling your compensation claim case if you are seeking to get the highest level of compensation after a motorcycle accident.
When calculating the total value of your compensation claim after a motorcycle accident, insurance company assessors usually take the following factors into account:
- All available medical records that describe the nature and extent of injuries that you sustained in the motorcycle accident
- Any lost earnings as a result of a motorcycle accident
- Medical bills and treatment cost for any procedures that you received after the accident
- Any treatment costs that may arise in the future
- The location where the accident occurred and the probability of a compensation claim lawsuit
- Any other data that your Maryland motorcycle accident lawyer provides to the insurance company assessors
What Are Some of The Most Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents?
A recent study by the Maryland Department of Transportation showed on average 1,466 motorcycle accidents occur in the state each year. It is highly likely that most of these accidents accident occurred because another driver committed an infraction or they were unaware of the motorcyclist’s presence. However, there many other factors that contribute to motorcycle accidents. They include:
Any actions that take the focus of the driver away from the road can be disastrous. Some of the actions that can make a driver distracted may include: using a phone to text or make calls, changing the radio, drinking, eating, applying cosmetics, using GPS and even talking to passengers in the car.
Driving while under the influence of alcoholic beverages, prescription medication and illegal drugs can be dangerous. Drugs usually impair the judgment of a driver leading to poor decisions, drowsiness and slowed reactions.
Driving while Drowsy
Drivers who drive without getting enough sleep tend to fall asleep behind the wheel. In such instances, they can lose control of their car, veer from their lane, make poor decisions and react slowly leading to an accident.
Changing Lanes Improperly
If the driver of the car fails to check blind spots or the car mirrors, they can fail to see an approaching motorcycle and change lanes improperly leading to an accident.
Failure to Yield Way for Traffic
If a car driver fails to yield right of way properly in an intersection, they can end up causing a serious accident.
If a car driver turns immediately in front of a motorcycle whether both machines are moving in opposite directions or in the same direction, a devastating collision can occur.
The higher your driving speed, the more time you need to slow down. When a driver is going above the recommended speed limit, they may be unable to slow down in time when there is an emergency hence leading to rear-end collisions which can be deadly for motorcyclists.
Failure to Obey Traffic Regulations
Drivers who ignore traffic laws such as posted road signs, driving laws and traffic signals usually put all road users in a lot of danger.
Aggressive Driving Tactics
Tailgating, speeding, weaving through traffic carelessly, running lights, ignoring traffic signs, failing to follow road and traffic signs and other aggressive driving tactics usually make it hard to predict the behavior of a driver increasing the chances of an accident occurring.
If another driver’s vehicle or your motorcycles malfunctions in one way or another while you are on the road, you can lose control of the vehicle causing a collision even if you are not-at-fault.
Sometimes, the road can have problems such as unclear signs, potholes, faded strips, and other issues that increase the risk of single-vehicle and multi-vehicle collisions exponentially.
Who Can I Name as a Respondent in My Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit?
No matter the circumstances surrounding your motorcycle collision, after an accident has occurred, the next step is usually to identify the parties who are responsible for the occurrence of the accident. Some of the parties that you can name as respondents when filing a compensation claim include:
If your accident occurred as a result of the negligence of another driver, they can be held accountable for their actions. When another driver is involved, there is a high possibility that their insurance company will want to be enjoined in your claim case.
If you are involved in an accident caused by a driver who is not the actual owner of the car involved in the accident you may need to pursue the owner of the vehicle of the car involved in the accident to get compensation.
If the other party in your accident was acting in an official capacity as a driver at the time of the collision, you can seek compensation from their employer.
Federal, State, and Municipal Governments
If your accident occurred as a result of poor road conditions, you can get compensation from the local government or municipal responsible for carrying out road maintenance. It is important to remember that there are special regulations when suing government agencies such as short deadlines for filing claim cases. If you think that a government entity is responsible for your accident, you should contact your Maryland motorcycle accident lawyer immediately after the crash to get advice on how to best move forward.
Vehicle Designers or Manufacturers
If your accident can be traced back to a defect in your machine or another driver’s vehicle, you may be able to receive compensation from the designers or manufacturers of the defective machine.
On identifying the parties responsible for your accident, our lawyers will then help you gather and organize all the evidence you need to create a formidable compensation claim. As part of your legal representation package, our Maryland motorcycle collision attorneys will review your case with you with a view of determining the best way forward, discuss the legal strategy to be used in your case and provide a preliminary timeline on how your case will proceed.
With us handling your legal needs, you can be sure that you are in the best hands. Our attorneys will be at your beck and call throughout all the stages of your claim case providing you with detailed progress reports.
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What Steps Should I Take When I am Involved in a Motorcycle Accident in Maryland?
If you are injured after an accident, you should medical help immediately. If you have not sustained serious injuries, you should:
- Check to see if any other party involved in the accident is injured and call for medical assistance if there is anybody who is injured
- Exchange contact details with other parties involved in the accidents such as names, phone numbers and insurance information
- If you are able, you should take pictures or videos of the accident scene
- Stay at the scene of the accident until law enforcement officers arrive
It is important to note that it is a criminal offense to leave the scene of an accident under Maryland law. It is important that you stay at the scene since the responding officers will ask you questions which they will use when writing the accident report. You should ensure that you get a copy of the report for your records.
If you sustain serious injuries in the accident and cannot move, wait until emergency medical personnel show up at the scene. The paramedics who show up at the scene will then transport you to the hospital. If you feel that you have not sustained serious injuries, you should still go to the nearest medical facility to get checked out by a doctor. Any medical records from doctors attending to you can be used by your attorney to bolster your compensation claim.
Should I Accept the Settlement Offer Given by The Representatives of an Insurance Company?
You should NEVER accept an offer from an insurance company or their representatives without first consulting with your attorney. It is important to note that insurance companies will try to give you a settlement offer before you fully understand the extent of your injuries. Remember that the first offer from an insurance company will be inadequate as it will not cater for lost wages, comprehensive treatment costs, and other damages as a result of the accident. If you take the first offer you are given, you can end up having to cover a lot of expenses with your own cash.
How Is Fault Determined in a Motorcycle Collision Case in Maryland?
Maryland subscribes to the common law doctrine of ‘contributory negligence’. This law was upheld in the year 2013 by the Appellate Court in Maryland. Under this law, people who are partially at-fault for causing an accident cannot claim compensation even if they are injured in the accident. It is important that you engage our motorcycle collision lawyers at the law offices of Pinder Plotkin as we will help you determine if you had any contributory negligence in the occurrence of your accident.
Call Our Motorcycle Accident Attorneys in Maryland Today!
If you or a close family member has been involved in an accident and you are hoping to get justice and fair compensation, you should acquire skilled, reputable and experienced legal experts to fight in your corner.
At Pinder Plotkin, our team of Maryland personal injury attorneys has been helping people in your situation get both justice and fair compensation. To schedule a free consultation with the most proficient lawyers in town, call (410) 525-5337 today.