Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

For many Americans, motorcycles are a way of life. Thousands of motorcyclists in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C. enjoy the freedom of the open road. However, despite the fact that motorcycles are common on our highways, other motorists often overlook them or fail to share the road with them, resulting in devastating motorcycle accidentsmotorcycle accidents.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in Bethesda, Rockville or the greater areas of Maryland, Virginia or Washington D.C., call (301) 605-9469 to schedule a free case evaluation with our experienced auto accident attorney.

Motorcycle Accident Statistics

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists are 30 times more likely to die in an accident per mile traveled than passenger car occupants, and five times more likely to suffer serious personal injuries if in an accident.  It is vitally important to keep safety precautions in mind when riding motorcycles.

A recent CDC study found that:

  • Between 2004 and 2010, over 34,000 motorcyclists were killed and around 1,222,000 people were treated in emergency rooms for non-fatal motorcycle-related injuries.
  • 20-24 year-olds had the highest death and injury rates with respect to motorcycle accidents, followed by 25-29 year-olds. In 2009, 54% of all people who died in motorcycle accidents were age 40 or older.
  • Over half of all non-fatal injuries from motorcycle accidents treated in emergency rooms were to the leg and foot (30%) or head and neck (22%).
  • In 2010, the fatality rate (per registered vehicle) for motorcyclists was six times the fatality rate for occupants of passenger cars.

Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Statistics show that approximately 75% of all motorcycle accidents involve collisions with a passenger automobile where the car driver was at fault. In multiple vehicle accidents, the driver of the other vehicle violates the biker’s right-of-way in more than two-thirds of all accidents.

Many car and truck drivers either fail to see motorcycles on the road, or the motorcyclist may drive recklessly around them without heeding the potential consequences. A vehicle does not have to actually collide with the motorcycle to cause an accident. When a car doesn’t yield to a motorcycle’s right-of-way, motorcycles can end up crowded or cut off, forcing them to make a risky or dangerous maneuver that leads to a serious accident.

Consequences of Motorcycle Accidents

Without the protection of an enclosure, motorcycle riders are much more vulnerable to catastrophic injury in a motorcycle accident. Victims are often left with disabling pain, financial hardship, physical therapy, head injuries, road burn, and other difficulties that not only impact them, but impact their entire family. When another driver’s split-second carelessness causes a motorcycle accident, they can and should be held accountable.

Depending on the extent and severity of your injuries, you may be able to recover compensation for:

  • Ongoing medical care
  • Current and future lost income
  • Disfigurement
  • Loss of ability to work or to perform essential daily functions
  • Property damage
  • Physical and emotional pain and suffering due to the impact and trauma of the accident

You will need to make a case for certain damages (e.g. medical expenses and lost income) by proving the losses you have endured, and will incur in the future.

Why Do I Need a Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?

In order to receive the compensation you deserve, you must present the evidence in your case in a way that leaves no stone unturned, and no room for argument. Keep in mind many people have a negative impression of the way motorcyclists drive in the first place, making it more difficult – if not impossible – to do without the resources of an experienced Maryland injury lawyer. At the Law Offices of Stuart L. Plotnick, we will thoroughly investigate your case to uncover the evidence you need, and build a strong case on your behalf that tells your story in a convincing, compelling way.

We know motorcycle accident law inside and out. For over a decade, Attorney Stuart Plotnick worked as trial counsel for various insurance companies. Now he uses the insight he gained on the “other side” to help victims fight for their right to fair compensation. When an insurance company knows you have hired an experienced attorney, they are much more likely to negotiate for a settlement on your terms, rather than risk the cost of a court trial.

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If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in Maryland, Virginia, or Washington D.C., please contact the Law Offices of Stuart L. Plotnick today to schedule a free case evaluation. We can help you protect your rights.