Motorcycle accidents can be particularly devastating. Riders are often blindsided by drivers who keep on going, unaware of the horrific injuries they have just caused. Without the safety features of most other vehicles, even seasoned riders with full gear can sustain life-altering or fatal injuries from another motorist’s reckless driving.
In fact, after most motorcycle accidents, riders are so severely injured that they are unable to take the necessary steps to protect their future, and loved ones must step up and act on their behalf.
Motorcycle Accidents in the DMV
Motorcycles are smaller than other motor vehicles on the road, making them harder to see when turning or changing lanes. When another driver is distracted, intoxicated, or too tired to notice a biker, it can lead to a terrible accident.
Common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Not checking the blind spot
- Unsafe turn or lane change
- Road debris
When you or a loved one have been in an accident, it’s essential to seek legal aid as soon as possible.
Motorcycle Accident Compensation in the DMV
Unfortunately, injured motorcyclists often struggle to receive compensation after an accident. Insurers will try to find evidence that the rider might be at fault. They might allege the rider was speeding or lane splitting and that their behavior was the cause of the accident.
Maryland, DC, and Virginia laws regarding contributory negligence can make it easier for insurance companies to avoid compensating the victim. If they can convince the court that the motorcyclist is even slightly at fault for the accident, they will not have to pay. This is why it is so crucial to work with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible after an accident so your attorney can collect the best available evidence and handle questions from insurance companies and investigators.
Compensation could be available for:
- Medical expenses associated with treatment and recovery
- Wages lost because of injury
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Caregiver expenses
- Loss of consortium
Of all motor vehicle crashes, injuries from motorcycle accidents are some of the worst. Treatment and care can cost an astronomical amount, and the rider could need a lifetime of medical care and face permanent disabilities. These expenses come at a time when the rider is unable to work due to injuries, and loved ones may need to stop working to provide care.
Motorcycle Accident Liability in the DMV
Potentially responsible parties in a motorcycle accident case can include:
- The driver of the other vehicle
- A government agency
- A vehicle manufacturer
- A repair company
- Someone who created a dangerous condition on the road
When the other driver in the crash was operating a commercial vehicle, you can pursue legal action against the employer.
If the motorcycle was the only vehicle involved in the accident, you could still have a legitimate compensation claim if a hazardous condition caused the wreck. For instance, if the city has neglected to repair a broken road, and this caused the crash, the municipal government might have to pay for damages resulting from the accident.
If the motorcycle malfunctioned due to a defect in manufacturing and caused the rider to collide with a tree or guardrail, you could recover compensation from the manufacturer of the motorcycle or component part. If faulty repairs caused the malfunction, then the repair shop could be held liable.
How Johnnie Bond Law Can Help After a Motorcycle Accident
At Johnnie Bond Law, we understand the catastrophic injuries that result from motorcycle accidents. We are prepared to help families in any way possible to help ensure they receive fair compensation for their losses resulting from the injuries or wrongful death of a rider. Contact us today to schedule a confidential consultation.