Baltimore Personal Injury Lawyers
A Rider and Passenger Can Suffer Serious Injuries in a Motorcycle Accident on Maryland’s Roads
Our Baltimore firm protects the rights of motorcyclists to recover damages
Motorcycles lack the safety features built into cars, such as airbags, seatbelts and an enclosed metal capsule. For this reason, injuries resulting from a motorcycle wreck tend to be serious. The Baltimore personal injury lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. routinely help injured motorcyclists recover. Our team is experienced in reconstructing accidents to determine fault and in calculating damages associated with typical crash injuries and motorcycle repair or replacement. Our goal is to get you the maximum possible compensation as quickly as we can.
Motorcycle protective gear
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) recommends that motorcyclists wear protective gear to prevent injuries from an accident, such as:
- Abrasion-resistant pants and jacket — Cushions the body during a fall and protects skin from road rash while sliding on pavement after a crash
- Boots — Provides traction on footrests and pavement and prevents ankle fractures and leg burns
- Face shield — Protects face from flying debris
- Gloves — Helps rider grip handlebars and protects hands during a wreck
- Goggles — Prevents eye injuries while riding
- Helmet — Prevents head injuries
Injuries commonly arising from motorcycle crashes
Even if you wear the protective gear recommended by the MSF, you are still at risk of serious injuries during a motorcycle accident, including:
Preventing brain trauma by wearing a helmet
Not only does wearing a helmet make good sense, but it is also the law. Maryland enacted its universal helmet regulation in 1992. By not wearing a helmet, you put yourself at risk of severe or fatal head injuries if you are in a wreck. In addition, your failure to comply with the law could jeopardize your recovery of compensation in a personal injury lawsuit.
Fatal motorcycle wrecks
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 76 motorcyclists died in auto accidents in Maryland in 2011. In any year, this is a typical number. If you are related to one of these victims, you may have a cause of action against the negligent driver or municipality, depending on the circumstances of your loved one’s accident. For example, the city may be liable for a one-vehicle collision in which the motorcyclist hit a pothole or raised manhole cover. In this case, our lawyers can guide you through the more complex process of recovering compensation from a Baltimore or Maryland government department.
If your family member was killed by a motorist, our lawyers can negotiate with the insurance companies for payments on your loved one’s policy and the other driver’s policy. We may also file a wrongful death claim to recover damages on behalf of your loved one’s estate.
Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Help you Recover Compensation for your Motorcycle Accident
Learn how our experienced team of Baltimore personal injury lawyers can assist you with your motorcycle injury claim. Call LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact our firm online to schedule a free initial consultation. Our personal injury lawyers are available by phone 24 hours a day to take calls from accident victims, and we handle injury claims throughout Maryland on a contingency basis. We make your recovery our top priority.