Maryland’s scenic views entice individuals to drive motorcycles rather than typical cars. Motorcycles allow individuals a sense of freedom while riding, however, that freedom can quickly be taken away. Driver error and negligence are the leading causes of motorcycle accidents. Motorcycle accidents can quickly turn deadly. These types of traffic collisions can cause life-threatening injuries that can negatively impact a victim’s life. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident due to another motorist’s negligence, contact a skilled and determined Prince George’s County Motorcycle Accident Lawyer who can help you recover favorable damages that can help you get back on your feet.
What causes motorcycle accidents to happen in Maryland?
Various factors may cause motorcycle accidents to happen on the open road. Whether a sun glare limits a motorist’s ability or a motorist is splitting lanes, serious and fatal collisions can occur. Collisions put everyone’s safety at risk and can cause life-threatening injuries. Some injuries victims may suffer include:
- Lane splitting
- Distracted driving
- Driving while impaired
- Driver fatigue
- Reckless driving
- Failure to yield
- Obstructed views
- Left-hand turns or turning corners
- Road hazards/conditions
- Weather conditions
- Mechanical problems
Motorcycle accidents are unfortunately a common occurrence on the road. Several different factors can cause these types of traffic collisions. Drivers of any type of vehicle must abide by the rules of the road to ensure everyone’s safety. If they fail to do so, serious collisions and injuries will result.
What injuries may result?
Motorcycle accidents can cause tragic injuries to happen. Victims normally do not walk away from these types of collisions unscathed. Some of the most common injuries motorcyclists may sustain as a result of a collision include:
- Traumatic brain and head injuries
- Orthopedic injuries
- Spinal injuries
- Organ damage
- Internal bleeding
- Broken ribs
Motorcyclists may suffer upper and lower-extremity injuries that can be life-altering. Motorcycle accidents are no joke, as they can quickly turn fatal. Motorcycle accidents are extremely dangerous as motorists do not have outside protection. Other motorists have safety provisions built in such as seatbelts and airbags. Motorcyclists do not have this type of protection available which causes significant injuries to result.
What are Maryland’s helmet laws?
Under Maryland law, individuals are not legally able to operate or ride a motorcycle unless they are wearing a helmet. The helmet must meet the standard requirements set forth by the Maryland Department of Transportation. Meaning, helmets must have a shield that can protect your eyes. If there is no shield on your helmet, you must wear motorcycle glasses or goggles. Unfortunately, helmets cannot prevent an individual from being involved in a collision, however, they can provide protection that could save their life if a collision does occur.
If you or someone you care about has been injured due to someone else’s negligence, don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our exceptional team members. Our firm is committed to helping you recover economic and non-economic damages for your injuries.