Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
According to the Maryland Department of Transportation, over a recent five-year period there were on average 1,654 motorcycle crashes annually. These crashes resulted in an average 1,382 injuries and 69 fatalities every year. Although automobile accidents occur far more frequently than motorcycle accidents, only about a third of car crashes result in personal injury, while nearly three-fourths of all motorcycle accidents involve injury. With offices in Glen Burnie, Owings Mills, Ellicott City and Annapolis, the Maryland motorcycle accident lawyers at Steinhardt, Siskind & Associates, LLC help motorcycle accident victims throughout Maryland through the difficult task of recovering compensation from negligent drivers responsible for causing the accident.
Negligent and Distracted Drivers Pose a Special Risk to Motorcyclists
In the hands of a skilled biker, a motorcycle is a safe machine and efficient means of transportation. Unfortunately, there is often little a safe motorcycle rider can do to counter the effects of a negligent or reckless driver. Lacking protections such as seat belts, air bags or an exterior shell with bumpers, motorcycle riders are left vulnerable and exposed to serious injury or worse when the cars around them make unsafe maneuvers. Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents include the following:
- Car turning left into the path of an oncoming bike
- Driver changes lanes or turns without looking behind or checking blind spots
- Motorcycles are crowded out by aggressive drivers
- Distracted driver does not see motorcycle
- Driver misjudges the speed of a motorcycle in an oncoming lane
Maryland Insurance Law Does Not Favor Bikers
Just like automobile drivers, motorcycle riders are required to carry liability insurance in case they are at fault in causing an accident. However, motorcyclists are not required to purchase no-fault Personal Injury Protection (PIP). In fact, most insurance companies do not even offer PIP coverage at all to motorcyclists. As an injured biker, then, it is imperative that you build a strong case proving who was at fault in causing your accident; otherwise, you may not be able recover any money for your medical bills and other reasonable expenses, not to mention lost wages, pain and suffering and other legal damages.
Building a case to prove another driver’s liability is likely not something you will be able to do on your own, but don’t worry; the law firm of Steinhardt, Siskind & Associates, LLC is here to help. Our attorneys get to work from the very start investigating the accident and putting together the facts that demonstrate the other party’s fault in causing the accident, as well as the extent of your injuries and damages. Whether negotiating a settlement with the insurance company or taking your case before a jury, we work to overcome the bias many people hold against motorcycles and get them to understand the accident as it really happened.
Call Our Experienced Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyers for Immediate Assistance
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a motorcycle accident on Maryland roads, call the law offices of Steinhardt, Siskind & Associates, LLC, in Glen Burnie at 410-766-7630 or toll-free throughout Maryland at 866-902-4111. There is no charge for a consultation, and no attorney fees or expenses unless we win your case.