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Motorcycle Accidents — Recovering Compensation

Maryland is a contributory negligence state and the party or parties deemed at fault in a motorcycle accident must pay damages to anyone injured by the accident. If you want to recover compensation for injuries or damages sustained in a motorcycle accident, you must show the other party is liable.

Who caused the accident?

Proving liability or fault for an accident means you must offer proof that the other driver was negligent and, through that negligence, caused the accident in which you sustained injuries and/or damages. Therefore, you have to show that the other driver acted carelessly by:

  • Speeding
  • Being inattentive
  • Tailgating
  • Disobeying traffic lights and/or signs
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol

Because of the contributory negligence law, it is vital that you work with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney who can prove that you did not contribute to the cause of the accident. Even if you are found one percent responsible under Maryland law, you are not entitled to recover compensation from the other driver.

Compensation for motorcycle accidents

If you can successfully show that the other driver was responsible for your accident, you are entitled to recover damages. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be entitled to receive compensation for:

  • Property damage — repairs and/or replacement
  • Vehicle rental costs
  • Medical costs and treatments
  • Lost income
  • Pain and suffering
  • Disfigurement
  • Disability

How much you are entitled to recover depends upon the severity of your injuries and losses, and projected recovery time.

If you or a loved has been injured in a motorcycle accident, you need the help of a seasoned personal injury attorney. Contact Jonathan Scott Smith online or call 410-740-0101to schedule a consultation to discuss your case.

Howard County Personal Injury Lawyer — Tips on What to Do After a Car Accident

When you are involved in a car accident in Maryland, it is vital that you gather as much information as possible in order to prove your case. Usually when people get in an accident the last thing on their mind is exchanging information or documenting what occurred. However, if you take a few simple steps right after the accident, it can greatly affect the outcome of your case.

As nerve – wracking as your accident may be, if you can keep a cool head and remain focused you can do a lot to help your case. So, after your accident take the following steps:

  • Exchange contact and insurance information with all involved parties and witnesses
  • Obtain a copy of the police report
  • Get photographs of:
    • Your injuries
    • Damage to the vehicles
    • Multiple angles of the accident scene
    • Road and weather conditions
    • Working and nonworking street signals/lights
  • See a doctor, get a medical report of your condition, and keep records of:
    • Hospital visits
    • Lab and prescription costs
    • Other treatments
    • X-rays
  • Keep and maintain a file recording:
    • Lost work because of the accident
    • A letter from your employer verifying lost work/wages
    • Photographs of your injuries over time
    • Any written witness statements
    • Physical discomfort experienced
    • Repair estimates/costs for damages to your car
    • Out-of-pocket expenses related to your car accident

Talk to a Maryland car accident attorney about your case

An experienced Maryland car accident attorney can answer your questions and help you determine the legal options available in your case. Contact Jonathan Scott Smith online or call 410-740-0101 to schedule a free consultation today.


  • Jonathan Scott Smith 10490 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 200 ,Columbia, MD 21044-4960

  • Call for consultation 410-740-0101