Riding a motorcycle can be a freeing and exhilarating experience. For most, riding a motorcycle is more than just a means of transportation—it’s also a lifestyle. Unfortunately, this lifestyle comes with increased risk as you share the road with other cars, trucks, and commercial vehicles. The motorcycle lawyers at Portner & Shure, P.A. have years of experience helping those who ride who’ve been injured on the road and fight for justice for those who suffer devastating injuries due to accidents.
If you’ve been injured by a negligent driver while riding your motorcycle you deserve representation that will fight for your rights. At Portner & Shure, we work hard to get you the justice and compensation you need during this difficult time. When you need legal help, call us today at 410-995-1515 or 301-854-9000 for assistance in Maryland, 703-734-8790 for service in Virginia, 804-916-1577 in Richmond, and 202-554-1449 in Washington D.C. for your free consultation.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Whether your accident was on a county road or a major highway, such as Interstate 695 in Maryland, does not matter for the motorcycle driver. Motorcyclists have the same rights as car and truck drivers; however, those rights often fail to be respected. The most common defense given by motorists is that they did not see the motorcycle, but that is not a valid defense.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycle accident victims are 27 times more likely to die than those who are injured in car or truck accidents and there were over 5,000 fatal motorcycle accidents in 2015 alone. With these alarming numbers, it’s important to understand how these accidents occur so that you can keep yourself safe as you ride the roads.
Over the years, our attorneys have observed that the vast majority of motorcycle accidents are caused by negligent motorists who either fail to see motorcyclists or engage in reckless behavior. Other causes of these accidents include:
- Lack of rider experience
- Bike instability
- Roads in disrepair
- Oil slicks and standing water
- Debris or objects in the roadway
- Uneven payment
- Railroad tracks
- Deer and other wildlife
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Motorcyclists often suffer catastrophic personal injuries when involved in an accident because they lack the same protection as cars and trucks. Motorcycles do not have air bags, windshields, or seatbelts to protect them in an accident. The experienced attorneys at Portner & Shure provide skilled representation to injured motorcyclists, pursuing full compensation for injuries they suffered as a result of negligent motorists.
The injuries in these cases are often catastrophic. Some of the most common types of injuries that can occur in a motorcycle accident include:
- Brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Burn injuries
- Amputated limbs
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Broken bones
Compensation You May Receive
Because of the severe personal injury that can occur from a motorcycle accident, it’s important to get professional, dedicated representation to help you recover the compensation you deserve. Injuries from an accident can leave you with financial hardship from medical bills and affect your ability to do your job or live your life comfortably in the future.
Our experienced motorcycle injury lawyers understand the complications these injuries can create and pursue compensation to help with the hardships that are often associated with these injuries. If your accident was caused by the negligence of another, we may be able to obtain compensation for:
- Current and future medical bills
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Lost wages from time missed at work
- Future earning potential
- Pain and suffering
- Diminished quality of life
- Caretaker expenses
- Funeral expenses in cases of wrongful death
Oftentimes, motorists are negligent in causing the motorcycle accident and motorcycle drivers deserve to recover for damages. The experienced attorneys at Portner & Shure will make sure you are not taken advantage of by the insurance companies and will work to obtain an outcome that provides for your current and future needs.
Motorcycle Safety and Protection
While riding a motorcycle may be more dangerous than driving a car or truck, there are certain precautions you can take to limit your risk of an accident and injury. Compiled from the NHTSA, these tips and safety measures just might help you prevent an accident or avoid serious injury. They include:
- Take a motorcycle rider-training course
- Wear protective gear such as a helmet, eye protection, gloves, durable jackets, pants, and footwear
- Avoid tailgating
- Drive defensively
- Avoid driving between lanes
- Understand and follow traffic laws
- Always use signals
Contact Our Experienced Motorcycle Lawyers Today
Unfortunately, motorcyclists often receive a bad rap. This is unacceptable, as the type of vehicle involved in the accident should not matter. Negligence is negligence, and you deserve to recover for damages when you’re injured because of someone else’s carelessness.
Our attorneys and outstanding staff will make sure you are not taken advantage of and will work to present a compelling case for the jury if it goes to trial. If a settlement is in your best interest, we will use our exceptional negotiating skills to obtain an outcome that provides comfort for you and your family.
If you’ve been injured while riding your motorcycle, call us today at 410-995-1515 or 301-854-9000 for assistance in Maryland, 703-734-8790 for service in Virginia, 804-916-1577 in Richmond, and 202-554-1449 in Washington D.C. for your free consultation. We proudly serve residents of Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C. Our support staff includes paralegals fluent in Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese, Korean and Vietnamese.