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:
- Being inattentive
- 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
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 } to schedule a consultation to discuss your case.