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Baltimore Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

August 17, 2017 – 12:51 pm
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Motorcycles are prized for the speed, maneuverability, and freedom they offer riders. However, the same traits which make motorcycles so iconic can also make them extremely dangerous in the event of an accident, such as a collision with a car, van, or truck. Motorcycles can be difficult to see due to their compact size, and riders are protected by little more than a helmet and thick padding. Unfortunately, these combined factors often mean that riders and passengers suffer catastrophic or even fatal injuries when accidents occur.

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If you were seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, or if one of your loved ones was a victim of wrongful death, the personal injury lawyers of Whitney, LLP may be able to help. We have extensive experience handling a wide variety of injury and wrongful death claims, and will tenaciously pursue favorable compensation while guiding you through each and every step of the legal process. If your accident was caused by poor road maintenance or another driver’s reckless disregard for the rules of the road, you deserve to have the circumstances of your accident investigated.

Even if you aren’t quite sure whether you have a claim, we invite you to call our law offices at (410) 583-8000 to discuss your accident in a free and completely confidential legal consultation. We are proud to serve clients throughout the Baltimore metropolitan area.

Negligence and Liability: What Factors Cause Crashes and Collisions?

Motorcycle crashes can be caused by any number of factors, including but not limited to:

  • Defective Automotive Parts
  • Distracted Driving
  • Driver Fatigue (e.g. “Trucker Fatigue”)
  • Intoxicated Driving (DUI)
  • Negligent Road Maintenance
  • Reckless Driving

In some cases, accidents are the product of poor environmental conditions or other factors which cannot be controlled – but in many instances, another party is at fault for causing or contributing to an otherwise avoidable accident through reckless or negligent actions.

Negligence is a key component of many motorcycle accident claims, as well as many other types of car accident and personal injury matters. In plain terms, negligence means that an individual or business entity failed to exercise the reasonable standard of care necessary to avoid causing harm, such as failing to repair a road with known safety hazards like potholes or fallen trees.

All motorists must follow their “duty of care” to other drivers sharing the road, which means refraining from reckless or careless behaviors that could result in death or injury to others. For example, all drivers must obey traffic signals, adhere to posted speed limits, and avoid drugged or drunk driving. If a driver disregards and fails to obey safety laws, he or she could potentially be held liable for any injury or death which results.

A significant portion of accidents are caused by other drivers making reckless or unsafe decisions. For example, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), approximately 42% of car-motorcycle crashes involve cars making unsafe left hand turns. Motorcycles are typically struck as they attempt to navigate through an intersection or pass the car making the turn.

Source: whitneyfirm.com
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