The Problem of Fault in Motorcycle Crashes
When motorcyclists get into motor vehicle collisions, they usually have to battle a persistent assumption that they caused the accident. This assumption is unwarranted, however. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), most multi-vehicle motorcycle accidents occur because the other drivers failed to see the motorcyclists.
Nevertheless, this prejudice can make it hard for victims and their families to get the compensation they need after a cyclist is seriously or fatally injured due to a car or truck driver’s negligence. This is why it is so important that injured motorcyclists or their families have attorneys on their side to represent them in discussions with the insurance company and in the courtroom.
Most drivers are ignorant when it comes to motorcycles and driving them. Car and truck drivers typically don’t understand that motorcycles simply cannot make the same kinds of turns, stops, and maneuvers that other vehicles can at high speeds. They also don’t think about the ways that road conditions can be exceptionally hazardous for motorcycle riders. This ignorance can unfortunately put motorcyclists at risk on the roadway.
Finally, there are also problems with car and truck drivers failing to properly share the road with motorcyclists. Perhaps most importantly, people frequently fail to recognize the importance of checking their blind spots before changing lanes. While the claim of “I didn’t see them” might be true, in most instances it does not excuse negligence. All drivers have the responsibility of paying attention to other vehicles on the road. Motorcyclists must also account for the same problems that other motorists do, like drunk drivers, speeding, distracted drivers, and general recklessness, which are all common causes of truck accidents and car crashes. These irresponsible drivers make the road even more dangerous for motorcycle riders, who lack the protection found in other vehicles.
Motorcycle accidents can be devastating, leaving victims with injuries ranging from scrapes, bruises, broken bones, organ damage, brain injuries, paralysis, and even death. Furthermore, in addition to physical harm caused by the accident, there can also be mental and emotional damages, as well as loss of wages due to missed work or changing jobs. Fortunately, motorcyclists are entitled to seek compensation for their economic and non-economic injuries when other drivers cause their injuries due to negligence or carelessness.
We can help you investigate the circumstances of your crash, gather evidence, and obtain any relevant data needed to demonstrate negligence on the part of the other driver. Attorney Smith works with investigative and medical experts to understand the cause of the accident and the injuries. His dedication to building a strong and effective case has led to a track record of successful results, both through fair settlements following effective negotiation or a jury verdict following a trial, if that’s what it takes to get the financial recovery our clients deserve. We can also handle communication with the insurance company, if necessary.
At Smith Law Firm, LLC, we understand how physically, emotionally, and financially painful these collisions can be for victims and families. Our Columbia motorcycle accident attorney is committed to helping Marylanders obtain justice by seeking full recovery of their damages. With over 40 years of legal experience and a longstanding track record of success (with the awards to show for it), you can feel confident knowing that you’re partnering with a respected firm that understands what it takes to prove fault in a motorcycle accident case.
Mr. Smith’s extensive trial experience and track record of successful past results have earned him the recognition of his peers and clients, including Maryland Super Lawyers, a 10.0 Superb Rating by Avvo, and AV-Preeminent™ designation by Martindale-Hubbell (every year since 1988), among many other accolades for his legal skill, ethical practice, years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements, and industry recognition.
Based in Columbia, MD, our motorcycle accident lawyer helps clients all over the state. Call (410) 441-5054 to discuss your case.
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