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What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident in Maryland?

What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident in Maryland?

Maryland is a state that is known for its beautiful scenery, friendly people, and fun activities. If you are a visitor to Maryland, it is important to stay safe and alert on your motorcycle. Motorcycles are dangerous vehicles that are easy to crash into. At Maryland Injury Guys, we understand motorcycle accidents can happen for many reasons.

If you are seeking compensation for your motorcycle accident, then you need an experienced attorney to help you fight for your rights. Our team of experienced motorcycle accident lawyers is ready to represent you and fight for your legal rights.

Local medical centers:

  • UM Bowie Health Center
  • AAMC Pavilion – Bowie
  • Kaiser Permanente Bowie Fairwood Medical Center
  • ExpressCare Urgent Care Center Bowie

Common Causes of a Motorcycle Accident in Maryland

Motorcycles are one of the most popular vehicles used for transportation. They provide quick access to destinations and offer an exciting alternative to driving a car. However, motorcycles are often involved in accidents for many reasons. Over 1,400 motorcycle riders and passengers suffer injuries per year, and nearly 72 motorcycle riders and passengers per year are killed in traffic accidents according to MVA.Maryland.Gov.

In order to avoid these types of accidents, drivers need to understand the common causes of motorcycle accidents. This information can help prevent future accidents.

Poor Road Conditions

Poor road conditions can cause accidents. If roads are wet or icy, drivers may become distracted and fail to notice hazards such as potholes. Drivers may also drive too fast when visibility is poor.

Roadways that are poorly maintained can lead to unsafe conditions. For example, worn tires can result in skidding, which can cause crashes. Worn brakes can also contribute to accidents.

Alcohol Consumption

Alcohol consumption can impair judgment and reaction times. Alcohol affects the ability to focus and concentrate. Driving under the influence of alcohol is dangerous and illegal.

Driving after consuming alcohol is especially risky. Even small amounts of alcohol can affect motor coordination and reflexes.

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is another major factor in motorcycle accidents. While texting, talking on the phone, eating, or adjusting the radio, drivers may miss traffic signs and signals.

This distraction can be caused by fatigue, stress, hunger, or boredom.

Lack of Training

Many riders lack training and licensing. Riders without proper training may not be familiar with certain rules and regulations.

Speeding

Speeding is a leading cause of motorcycle accidents. Speeding occurs when a rider exceeds posted speed limits.

Speed limits vary depending on the location. Speed limits are typically higher near schools, hospitals, and residential areas.

Negligence

Negligent actions can lead to motorcycle accidents. For example, a driver may fail to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians or cyclists.

Common Maryland Motorcycle Accident Injuries

The NHTSA estimates that 1,859 motorcycle riders' lives were saved in 2016 as a result of their use of helmets. Maryland motorcycle riders are required to wear helmets while riding. There are two main categories of injury associated with motorcycle accidents: traumatic and non-traumatic.

Traumatic injuries include

  • fractures
  • dislocations
  • lacerations
  • concussions
  • internal organ damage

Non-traumatic injuries include

  • soft tissue injuries
  • muscle strains
  • sprains
  • contusions
  • abrasions

Traumatic injuries may occur due to contact between the rider and another vehicle, collision with fixed objects, or falls. For example, a fall off the back of a motorcycle can lead to head trauma. If the rider strikes their head against the ground after falling, they may sustain a concussion.

Non-traumatic injuries may occur due to impact with stationary objects, collisions with moving vehicles, or falls. These injuries may range from minor cuts and bruises to broken bones.

What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident in Maryland?

Injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents often result in serious injuries or death. If you were involved in a motorcycle accident in Maryland, here are some things you should do after the crash.

#1. Seek Medical Attention Immediately

Seek medical attention immediately after any motorcycle accident. Make sure you tell emergency personnel everything you remember about the accident. This may include details such as where you crashed, whether you hit another vehicle, and how fast you were going.

Make sure you give police officers a complete description of the scene of the accident. This information can help investigators determine fault and identify witnesses.

#2. Obtain Insurance Information

After an accident, contact your insurance provider right away. Ask them to send a representative to the scene of the accident to collect evidence and obtain statements from witnesses.

#3. File a Claim With Your Insurer

File a claim with your insurer within 30 days of the accident. Be prepared to answer questions regarding the accident. Provide your insurer with copies of any bills related to the accident.

#4. Contact a Lawyer

Contact a lawyer if you believe you were injured due to negligence. An experienced attorney can help you file a claim against the responsible party.

A lawyer can also advise you on how to handle the legal aspects of the case. For example, they can help you decide whether to pursue a lawsuit or accept a settlement offer from the liable party.

Consult with a personal injury attorney if you think you were injured due to the negligent actions of another person. An attorney can help you file claims against the responsible parties. An attorney can also assist you in negotiating settlements with the liable parties.

Call Our Maryland Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

It is not uncommon for people to suffer injuries when they ride a motorcycle. If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident in Maryland, it is important to seek the services of a skilled motorcycle accident attorney who knows Maryland law. Our lawyers at Maryland Injury Guys are skilled at helping victims, and their families get the compensation they deserve.

Our legal team at Maryland Injury Guys has helped many residents injured in motorcycle accidents. We have a team ready to help in recovering damages and make sure you are compensated for your injuries.

If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, our lawyers will investigate, prepare, and litigate your case, so you can focus on getting better. Whether you suffered a broken leg, back injury, broken neck, or head injury, our lawyers can help you recover the money you deserve.

Contact us today for a free consultation if you were involved in a motorcycle accident.

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Aaron Blank Esq
Date Published: September 8, 2022
Aaron Blank is a patient safety advocate who holds the healthcare system responsible when it fails. He keeps businesses accountable if they choose profits over the safety of the community, and he ensures car insurance companies pay their fair share for the harm that reckless drivers cause. Aaron and his proficient legal team bring an approach based on dedication, guidance, and compassion through the difficult process of pursuing serious injury claims. He has dedicated his career to fighting for injury victims to recover losses from medical expenses, lost income, loss of enjoyment of life, or the loss of a loved one.
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