At the Hanover, MD law firm of Hartel, DeSantis & Howie, LLP, our personal injury lawyers want you to have some facts about motorcycle accidents – from the most common causes of such accidents to how an experienced motorcycle accident attorney can help you protect your rights and recover damages for your injuries. We have compiled a list of answers to some of the questions that we are frequently asked. They may help you as you make decisions about filing a lawsuit:
- I was injured when a car turned left in front of my motorcycle. Is the car driver at fault?
- How long do I have before I need to file a lawsuit for my motorcycle accident injury?
- Why do juries often assume that the motorcyclist must have done something to cause the accident?
- My family member was killed in a motorcycle accident. What do I do?
We can answer more of your questions when you schedule a free consultation with one of our Hanover motorcycle accident attorneys
To learn more about how we at Hartel, DeSantis & Howie, LLP can help you get the greatest possible compensation after your motorcycle accident, please call us at (443) 749-5111 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. We are available 24/7 to assist you.
Q. I was injured when a car turned left in front of my motorcycle. Is the car driver at fault?
A. This is one of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents. Drivers of passenger cars, trucks and other larger vehicles often do not see motorcyclists. Moreover, everyone who operates a motor vehicle is required to yield the right of way to oncoming traffic. If they did not, they are liable for your injuries.
Q. How long do I have before I need to file a lawsuit for my motorcycle accident injury?
A. In most cases, Maryland law requires you to file a claim within three years from the date of the accident. There are exceptions, and they include the discovery rule, continuation of events and where fraud exists. It is in your best interests to contact an experienced lawyer for motorcycle crashes immediately following an accident to have your case evaluated and to discuss your options.
Q. Why do juries often assume that the motorcyclist must have done something to cause the accident?
A. Popular culture – from television and movies to novels – has portrayed motorcycle riders as defiant, reckless rebels. Even if you are a clean-cut, hardworking married father of three, the “biker” image often persists in the minds of jurors. And the defense will certainly do everything they can to propagate that image. Your attorney is your advocate who will make sure that your story is told – regardless of your age, how you dress or your marital status – to make sure that you get full and fair compensation for injuries you suffered because of someone else's negligence.
Q. My family member was killed in a motorcycle accident. What do I do?
A. As a surviving spouse, child or parent (or in some cases, sibling), you may have the right to pursue a wrongful death claim for the loss of a loved one. Your lawyer can help you file the claim and take the burden of dealing with insurance companies off your shoulders.