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What You Should Know about Motorcycle Accidents

What You Should Know about Motorcycle Accidents

There are many responsibilities that come with riding the roads of Maryland on a motorcycle. With the seasons changing, it is important to stay prepared on the road. Part of being prepared includes having a plan if you get into an accident. Many motorcycle accidents, unfortunately, result in injuries due to the lack of physical protection. If you have been injured in an accident, contact a Maryland personal claims lawyer to assess your legal situation. Contact Timian and Fawcett LLC today.

What are the most common causes of motorcycle accidents in Maryland?

The cause of most motorcycle accidents is often negligence. Many negligent auto drivers will walk away unscathed from a motorcycle accident while the motorcyclist may not be so lucky. Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents in Maryland include the following:

  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Reckless driving
  • Driving while tired or fatigued
  • Driving while distracted
  • Speeding
  • Failure to comply with traffic lights, signs, and other road rules
  • Texting while driving
  • Eating, smoking, or navigating directions while driving
  • Failure to look before merging or changing lanes
  • Tailing motorcyclists

Of course, accidents can also be caused by outside factors or the combination of the above list and the following conditions: road conditions, weather, or defective motorcycle or auto parts. You may also have a case of a product liability case if the cause of your accident was a defective part.

What should I do after a motorcycle accident?

It is important to have a plan if you have been involved in a motorcycle accident. Being prepared can make a huge difference if you later choose to file a personal injury claim. Follow the following steps if you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, especially if you have been injured:

  1. Call the authorities and ensure both the police and an ambulance arrive on the scene. The police will create a police report that can later support a future claim. Be sure to seek immediate medical attention on the scene.  Once you have been treated for your injuries. collect all of the medical documents relating to your injuries. This should include a specified date, time, and the extent of your injuries.
  2. Collect the other party’s insurance information. If possible, keep this conversation short. Avoid apologizing to the other party.
  3. Take photos of the damage caused by the accident. This will include photos of the vehicles and any property involved.
  4. Talk to witnesses if possible and collect their contact information. This could later help support your claim.
  5. Finally, reach out to a Maryland personal injury attorney to create your claim. An experienced attorney has the ability to collect security camera footage of your accident. This is typically the most effective way to prove a personal injury claim.  Most motorcyclists are not allowed to have PIP insurance. PIP is a form of no-fault insurance on some driver’s insurance policies. This is another reason to retain the services of an experienced personal injury attorney to protect yourself after sustaining injuries. Reaching out to a personal injury attorney will help you to understand your options and your ability to recover the compensation necessary to cover medical bills and in-home care.

What is the statute of limitations for motorcycle accidents in Maryland?

The statute of limitations in Maryland for motorcycle accidents in three years. In order to properly take action against the negligent party, you will have three years following the date of the accident to submit your claim. If you wait longer than three years, you may be barred from suing. Do not wait, our firm is here to help you. Reach out to our experienced Maryland firm today.

Contact our experienced Maryland firm

If you are injured due to another party’s negligence, you must reach out to one of our knowledgeable attorneys. At Timian & Fawcett, LLC, we provide effective legal services to clients in Prince George’s County, Washington, D.C., and all of Maryland. Our firm is dedicated to assisting our clients. If you need our help, we are ready to serve. Contact Timian & Fawcett, LLC.

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