Motorcycle accidents are one of the most dangerous incidents and often result in serious injuries and fatalities. According to the most recent statistics by the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDT), Maryland motorcycle accidents accounted for about 2% of the total number of accidents in the state. However, motorcycle crashes comprised almost 15% of all the fatal accidents in the state. Moreover, four out of five of the passengers killed in these accidents were not wearing any safety equipment. In combination with the steady increase in motorcycle accidents, these startling statistics highlight the importance of motorcycle safety for both operators and passengers.
Motorcycle passengers and operators are more vulnerable to serious injuries because of the lack of protection from impacts with other vehicles or objects. Moreover, motorcycle passengers are often thrown from the bikes after a collision occurs. These situations can result in the passenger being run over by oncoming traffic, slammed into the concrete, or thrown into a guard rail or similar static object.
For example, a news report recently described a tragic motorcycle accident that involved a bike and a sedan. According to a preliminary investigation, the motorcycle crossed through a center line and slammed head-on with the sedan. Law enforcement reported that the motorcycle driver suffered serious injuries, and the passenger died.
These passengers and their families have recourse after an accident involving negligence. Liability and damages hinge on establishing the parties responsible for the accident and recreating the events that led to the collision and injuries. There can be more than one party responsible for the accident. For example, the motorcycle driver, another driver, or the manufacturer of defective safety equipment may be liable for the victim’s damages.
Motorcycle passenger victims or their estate representatives should contact an attorney to determine their rights to compensation. Passengers who fortunately survive an accident may require long-term medical care and rehabilitation. This treatment can result in significant medical bills which may not be fully covered by insurance.
Timeliness is critical in these cases because the claims must abide by Maryland’s statute of limitations. Maryland motorcycle passenger accident victims must file their claims within three years. However, there are certain exceptions to this time period, and claimants should consult with an attorney to ensure that the statute does not bar their claims.
Have You Suffered Injuries in a Maryland Motorcycle Accident
If you or someone you love has suffered injuries in a severe accident, the Maryland motorcycle accident attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen can help you determine your remedies and whether you have a right to compensation. Our dedicated attorneys possess the skills, resources, and tools to represent you in your accident claim effectively. In addition to motor vehicle accident cases, our attorneys handle Maryland lawsuits involving premises liability, defective or unsafe products, medical negligence, nursing home abuse and neglect, and more. Our compassionate personal injury attorneys have recovered significant amounts of compensation for our clients. Contact our office at 800-654-1949 to schedule a free and confidential consultation with an experienced accident attorney at our office.