MARYLAND MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT LAWYER
While riding your motorcycle can be the most enjoyable part of your day, an accident can happen at any time, causing you to suffer serious, life changing injuries.
Because motorcycle riders lack the safety protections of other motor vehicles, motorcycle crashes often result in serious, catastrophic injuries to the victims, including broken bones, amputated limbs, and even death. The problem is compounded by the fact that many drivers don’t pay attention to motorcyclists or respect the motorcyclists right to be on the road. Although motorcycles are becoming more popular, the public still remain prejudiced against bikes. People are quick to assume that individuals who ride a motorcycle are irresponsible and reckless. The Law Offices of Thomas E. Pyles, P.A. has handled injured motorcyclists for over 25 years. We are well equipped to handle motorcyclist bias. Whether a car veered into your lane or turned left in front of you, we know how to stand up to the insurance companies and how to present a winning case before a jury that is likely to be heavily biased against you.
If you have suffered a catastrophic injury from a motorcycle accident, make sure you work with a Maryland personal injury lawyer who has the experience and skill to help you obtain full and fair compensation for the damages that you have suffered. At The Law Office of Thomas E. Pyles, P.A., we have over 25 years of trial experience and have successfully litigated motorcycle accidents. Waldorf motorcycle lawyer, Thomas E. Pyles, combines his extensive experience with a personable, down to earth approach.
THE MAIN CAUSES OF MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS IN MARYLAND
Motorcycles are small, fast, and difficult for other motorists to see. These qualities can combine to form a recipe for disaster for motorcyclists. Although every accident is different, motorcycle accidents tend to occur when motorcyclists are mixing in traffic with ordinary motor vehicles. A few of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Distracted driving: Because they are smaller than ordinary motor vehicles, motorcycles can be difficult for other drivers to see, especially if those drivers are distracted. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has found that sending or reading a text message takes the driver’s eyes off the road for an average of five seconds, which, at 55 miles per hour, is equivalent to driving the length of a football field blindfolded. Under those conditions, a motorcyclist can easily become the victim of an accident.
- Right of way errors: Many motorcycle accidents occur when a driver violates the motorcyclist’s right of way. This can occur in several ways, such as a driver turning left across the path of an oncoming motorcyclist or turning right across the path of a cyclist in the lane to the right of the driver.
- Lack of awareness: Most motorists are primarily concerned with themselves and with other vehicles on the road, and motorcycles normally do not factor into their calculations. When drivers assume that the only other vehicles to which they must pay attention are passenger vehicles, they can easily miss motorcycles. Blind spot errors: Blind spots present a major hazard to all drivers, but especially to motorcyclists, since a motorcycle’s smaller size makes it even harder to see in another vehicle’s blind spot.
- Lane splitting: Lane splitting is a common motorcycling maneuver wherein the motorcyclist weaves in between two lanes of slowly moving or stopped cars. This practice can result in accidents due to the decreases space available to the cyclist and his or her proximity to nearby vehicles.
DAMAGES AVAILABLE TO MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT VICTIMS
Claims for motorcycle accidents fall under the broader category of personal injury claims, for which there are several types of remedies available.
Special damages are a type of compensatory damages that are designed to compensate the victim for monetary expenses he or she incurred as a result of the accident. They include:
- Medical bills
- Cost of future medical care
- Loss of earnings
- Loss of future earnings
- Property damage
The calculation of special damages is generally straightforward, as these losses usually have a dollar amount attached to them. For example, if a motorcycle accident victim incurred $22,000 in medical bills as a result of the accident, he or she would receive $22,000 in special damages for medical bills.
General damages are also compensatory in nature, but they are designed to compensate the victim for less tangible losses he or she suffered, such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Unlike special damages, calculation of general damages is inherently imprecise and can often be very difficult to determine.
CONTACT TOP WALDORF MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT LAWYERS
If you or someone you care about has suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident in Maryland, you should act swiftly to ensure that you obtain fair compensation. To get started, contact our Waldorf motorcycle accident lawyers at the Law Office of Thomas E. Pyles by calling 301-705-5006
SUCCESS BREEDS SUCCESS
“Because I have been so successful in motor vehicle accident litigation over the years, insurance companies know I will take the case to court. I don’t get many low-ball offers because they know I won’t take them. This is especially important in motorcycle accident cases where the injuries can be so brutal. Many motorcycle accident victims often suffer life-long injuries. I can help you get full compensation for long term injuries, lost wages, and pain and suffering.”
– Thomas E. Pyles, Esquire