Motorcycle accidents are serious. If you were hurt in one, you will need to retain the services of a skilled Prince George’s County motorcycle accident lawyer today.
What are the common causes of motorcycle accidents in Maryland?
There are several ways that motorcycle accidents can occur. In some cases, they can happen as a result of inclement weather conditions, poorly maintained roads, or faulty mechanical parts. However, more commonly, motorcycle accidents are a result of driver negligence. Some of the most common types of driver negligence that our firm has seen include the following:
- Ignoring blind spots
- Driving while sleepy or fatigued
- Unsafely changing lanes
- Disregarding traffic lights, signs, or all other rules and regulations of the road
- Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
What should I do after a motorcycle accident?
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident and would like to pursue legal action and recover compensation, you will have the responsibility of satisfying the burden of proof. This means that you will need to provide as much evidence as possible pointing to the negligence of another. If you are able, take the following steps immediately after your accident:
- Call 911. The police will be able to dispatch an ambulance to the scene, file an accident report, and more.
- Take photos and videos of the scene of the accident, as it can help your case. In some cases, motorcyclists might wear bodycams so that they have the footage in the event that an accident occurs.
- Seek medical attention to properly treat your injuries. Ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents pointing to the severity and origin of your injuries.
- Reach out to an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney that can help you obtain more evidence that can be key to your claim.
How long do I have to file a motorcycle accident claim in Maryland?
Personal injury claims are time-sensitive, which is why you will need to reach out to a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after your motorcycle accident. The state of Maryland has a statute of limitations of three years for most personal injury claims. This suggests that if you fail to file your claim within three years from the date of the accident, you will be barred from pursuing your claim entirely.
Reach out to McCarthy, Winkelman, Mester & Offutt, L.L.P., to learn more about your options.
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At McCarthy, Winkelman, Mester & Offutt, L.L.P., our legal team has a strong focus on litigation that seeks just and fair compensation for victims of another party’s negligence. If you need a Prince George’s County personal injury lawyer that handles cases in Maryland, Washington D.C., or Virginia, our firm has the resources and knowledge needed to take a case as far as necessary, including to the U.S. Supreme Court. If you suffered an injury or loss because of another person’s negligence, contact us today.