Maryland Motorcyclist Injured in Accident Settles for $600,000Author: Portner & Shure
In June 2012, Robert Allen Reed was riding his motorcycle on Prospect Road in Carroll County, Maryland. Cathy Ann Scoppa was driving her Toyota Highlander, attempting to cross Prospect Road onto Rising Ridge Road when she struck Reed on his motorcycle. As a result of the collision, Reed fell off his motorcycle and the car ran over his right leg before coming to a stop. In the accident, Reed broke his tibia and fibia in his right leg. Doctors placed a rod in Reed’s leg, but the leg did not heal correctly. A bone graft was later needed to help repair the leg.
Reed is still in pain over two and a half years after the accident, and he has missed 62 weeks of work while recovering. Reed’s attorneys contended that his “past medical bills totaled $52,000 and lost wages totaled $110,000.” Scoppa’s attorneys made a first offer of $200,000 several months ago. Last week, the offer increased to $450,000 before eventually being increased one last time to $600,000.
Motorcycle accidents are one of the most dangerous types of accidents because motorcyclists lack the same protection as cars and trucks. Motorcycles do not have airbags, windshields or seatbelts to protect them in an accident. And, as was the case here, there is nothing to protect the rider from being run over by a car. After a motorcycle accident has occurred, it is important for you, as the rider to immediately seek medical attention for your injuries. Common injuries resulting from a motorcycle accident include scrapes and bruises, broken arms and/or legs, concussions, or even death.
If you or a family member has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident it is important to call an experienced Maryland motorcycle accident attorney to help you recover any benefits to which you may be entitled and to assure that all evidence and witnesses do not disappear.
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