A Baltimore Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Helps With Motorcycle Accidents
Most drivers are fully aware of the dangers of riding a motorcycle in the Baltimore Area. Quite often, other motorists simply don’t see or notice motorcycles unless they are being particularly careful and diligent. Motorcycles lack the protective metal cocoon that protects drivers in typical passenger vehicles and even smaller vehicles. Without this protective shield of metal, motorcycle accidents can cause particularly devastating road rash, other injuries, or death. Motorcycles present an uncommonly small profile in traffic, and vehicle drivers are not always looking out for them as they should be.
If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident, contact a Baltimore motorcycle accident lawyer at the Law Office of John J. Leppler for help. We understand the dangers of riding and the law surrounding motorcycles and are ready to fight for the rights to your just and fair financial compensation.
The Most Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Cars colliding with motorcycles are the most common type of motorcycle accident, and large commercial trucks colliding with motorcycles are the most damaging. Some of the most common types of motorcycle accidents are caused by:
- Impaired or distracted riding
- Speeding vehicles
- Another driver failing to see a motorcyclist and cutting them off
- Road defects like potholes, construction zones, or sharp turns
- Limits of visibility and dangerous road conditions caused by inclement weather
- Another driver suddenly stopping when traveling at a high rate of speed on the highway
- A driver is distracted and swerves into a motorcycle’s traveling lane
- Failure of a motorcycle part while in use
Maryland Law Concerning Motorcycle Accidents
In Maryland, the law doesn’t allow victims to sue for their injuries if their own negligence contributed to a motorcycle (or other vehicles) accident. In the case of motorcycle accidents, for a successful legal claim, it’s important to show that the rider complied with Maryland traffic laws that specifically prohibit motorcyclists from:
- Driving on a highway on a motorcycle with inadequate brake horsepower or a capacity of less than 70 cubic centimeters piston displacement.
- Carrying a passenger in any way other than (1) on a seat designed to carry a passenger, or (2) in a way that does not interfere with the operation of the motorcycle.
- Passing another vehicle by driving in the same lane or between two lanes.
- Having more than two motorcycles operating abreast in the same lane.
- Clinging to any other vehicle.
- Driving with handlebars more than 20 inches higher than the driver’s seat.
However, if a seriously injured biker whose own negligence factored only minimally in the accident, a favorable settlement might still be reached.
Recoverable Damages in a Motorcycle Accident
Once we establish who shares in the liability, we will claim money damages for:
- Your past and future medical expenses
- Your pain and suffering
- Your lost wages and loss of future earning capacity
- Repair of your damaged motorcycle
- Reimbursement of your related out-of-pocket expenses
Establishing Fault in a Motorcycle Accident
Establishing who was at fault is critical for any accident legal claim. This is particularly important in Maryland because of the state’s contributory negligence rule, which means that victims cannot be compensated by the court if they are found to be even a small percentage, as low as 1%, responsible for the accident.
Additionally, the fault is particularly difficult to establish in motorcycle personal injury claims because, given the small size of the vehicles and the preconceived stereotypes regarding motorcycle outlaws, juries are not likely to sympathize with motorcycle riders.
Even experienced Baltimore Motorcycle Accident Lawyer John Leppler has his work cut out for him. Our firm will visit the scene of the accident, gather all manner of evidence, and collect witness statements to corroborate their plaintiff’s testimony and piece together the client’s theory of the case.
Furthermore, motorcyclists are treated less than fairly by most insurance companies. There is a problematic insurance difference for motorcycle riders in Maryland regarding Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance. PIP is the additional insurance coverage you carry that pays for your medical bills or lost wages if you are injured in a crash.
The policy is usually between $2,500 and $10,000 and covers you even if the accident was your fault. Insurance companies are required to offer PIP to the drivers of most other vehicles; however, they are allowed to withhold PIP coverage from motorcyclists.
A final distinction concerns uninsured motorist claims, in that for people who own both a motorcycle and a car, the higher policy limit for your motorcycle is applied even if you have uninsured benefits on another vehicle.
How Can a Baltimore Motorcycle Accident Attorney Help?
Here at the Law Office of John J. Leppler, we understand the laws surrounding motorcycles and the legal atmosphere that exists in Baltimore. If we can negotiate a fair settlement on your behalf, this will probably be your best bet. However, we are not afraid to take your claim to trial if that’s what it takes to secure you the financial compensation you deserve.
Contact a Baltimore Motorcycle Accident Lawyer to Schedule a Free Consultation Today
The Law Office of John J. Leppler provides the kind of personal attention that you can’t find at large firms, such as 24/7 accessibility and attention to detail throughout the legal process, free, no-obligation consultations, no fees charged unless you win, same-day responses to messages, an aggressive approach for dealing with insurance companies and opposing attorneys, and customized attention to your unique case.
If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident in Baltimore, first seek immediate medical attention, then contact a Baltimore motorcycle accident lawyer either by email or by phone at 443-955-1989 for a same-day response, even before you contact your insurance company. We will handle your claims with the kind of personal attention we’ve become known for. Contact us today for a free consultation.