Although motorcycles are becoming increasingly popular and provide a source of enjoyment for many enthusiasts, they pose unique dangers due to the rider’s exposure to external elements, like other vehicles, roadway infrastructure, and trees. The injury attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC have represented victims throughout the Baltimore area and elsewhere in Maryland for over 20 years. We work with a team of skilled experts, including accident reconstructionists, and can help you seek the full compensation that you deserve.Pursuing Damages from a Negligent Driver
A motorcycle accident claim is a type of personal injury case, which usually requires a victim to show that the defendant was acting negligently. To prove negligence, the injured person must first establish that the defendant owed him or her a duty of care. In the content of a motorcycle accident case, the duty of care requires each driver to operate his or her vehicle with the same ordinary care and skill that a reasonably prudent driver would use in the same or similar circumstances.
Next, the victim must show that the defendant breached this duty by failing to exercise this standard of care. Since motorcycles are typically smaller than other vehicles on the road, many motorists fail to see them or drive too fast when passing motorcyclists. Drivers must drive cautiously when passing motorcycles and avoid driving too close. All too often, a motorcyclist is injured as a result of another person’s failure to pay reasonable attention while driving.
The victim must also prove that the defendant’s breach was a direct cause of his or her injuries. This means that he or she would not have been hurt if the defendant had met the appropriate standard of care for someone operating a vehicle in that situation, and that the crash was a reasonably foreseeable result of the defendant’s carelessness.
Since a motorcyclist is not protected by a vehicle’s frame and exterior, a rider who is involved in an accident typically sustains severe harm. Common examples of injuries that result from motorcycle accidents include spinal cord damage, brain trauma, broken bones, and contusions. As a result of these devastating collisions, many motorcyclists must miss a substantial period of work, and in some cases they are unable to return to their previous job in the same capacity. Examples of the categories of damages that an injured motorcyclist may be able to recover often include lost wages, loss of earning capacity, medical expenses, physical therapy, future medical treatment, and pain and suffering.Consult an Experienced Maryland Attorney for Your Accident Claim
Suffering injuries as the result of a motorcycle crash can be a stressful time for the victim and his or her family. At Lebowitz & Mzhen, our car accident lawyers have represented numerous individuals from throughout Maryland and Washington, D.C. Our compassionate team of professionals is here to help answer your questions and guide you through the legal process. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation, so call us today at 1-800-654-1949 or contact us online to discuss your potential case.