When motorcycle accidents occur, the results can be devastating. As a result, it is important to know how these accidents occur and what to do in the event of an injury. Read on to learn more about motorcycle accidents in Maryland.
How do Motorcycle Accidents Occur?
When you drive a motorcycle, you are much more exposed to the elements than you would be in a different motor vehicle. For this reason, the impact of other driver’s negligence can have an even more severe impact on motorcyclists. Some motorcycle accidents are due to faulty motorcycle parts, poor road conditions, or inclement weather. But the majority of accidents are a result of driver negligence. Some of the most common examples of negligence include:
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Distracted driving
- Failure to yield
- Failure to stop in time at a red light
- Excessive speeding
- Ignoring lights, signs, and other rules of the road
If your accident was the result of another driver engaging in any of the above activities, you will likely be entitled to recover compensation.
What Do I Do if an Accident Occurs?
If you are injured due to another party’s negligence, you will have to prove that this negligence occurred. There are a number of important steps you should take in order to do this:
- Call 911: The police can call an ambulance, file an accident report, and more.
- Document the scene: Many motorcyclists wear bodycams so they have a record of any accidents that occur. Additionally, you should make sure to take pictures and videos at the scene of the accident.
- Obtain witness contacts: If anyone saw your accident occur, ask for their name and number. They may be able to corroborate your version of events.
- Seek medical attention: It is important to go to the hospital immediately after an accident occurs. This will ensure that your injuries are treated by a medical professional, while also providing you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. Be sure to ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents.
How Long do I Have to File a Claim?
If you have been injured in a personal injury accident, it is important to take action as soon as possible. This is because you will only have a certain amount of time to do so. In Maryland, the statute of limitations is three years from the date of the accident. Contact an experienced attorney to avoid missing any important deadlines.
Contact our Firm
If you or a family member have been injured in a personal injury accident and wish to speak with an attorney, contact Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates today.