While motorcycles are fun, stylish, and cost-effective means of transportation, they are also dangerous. Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents are among the most fatal types of auto accidents. If you are someone who has recently sustained an injury in a motorcycle accident, you should strongly consider your legal options going forward. Please continue reading and speak with our experienced Maryland personal injury attorney to learn more about motorcycle accidents and how our firm can help if you have been injured in one. Here are some of the questions you may have:
How do most motorcycle accidents happen?
Motorcycle accidents can occur for a wide variety of reasons, though they are most frequently the result of negligence. Many motorists fail to show motorcyclists the respect they deserve. Often these accidents are a result of motorists tailing bikers too closely, failing to check before changing lanes or merging, and more. Additionally, many of these accidents happen due to some of the most common causes of all auto accidents, such as distracted driving, driving while under the influence of drugs and alcohol, and speeding. If you were injured due to another driver’s negligence, there is a very good chance that you will have valid grounds for a personal injury claim.
What is PIP?
Many states offer motorists Personal Injury Protection insurance, otherwise known as PIP, which is essentially a form of no-fault insurance designed to help cover the cost of medical bills and other damages after being injured in an accident, regardless of who was at fault. In Maryland, motorcyclists are not legally required to use this insurance, however, if they wish to go without PIP, they must sign a special waiver form. All auto insurance policies are required to offer all motorists a minimum of $2,500 of personal injury protection coverage. If you can, you should obtain additional PIP, or medical payment coverage.
What should I do if I am injured in a motorcycle accident in Maryland?
Regardless of whether you have PIP, if you were seriously injured in an accident, there is a very good chance that the damages you have incurred exceed your coverage under PIP. In this case, it is critical that you retain the services of an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney who can work to gather and present all evidence needed to prove that you were injured as a direct result of another motorist’s negligence. This is not always easy, however, if we can satisfy the burden of proof, we should recover the additional financial compensation you require to heal.
Contact our experienced Maryland firm
The Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz has decades of experience representing clients in Anne Arundel County and Howard County, Maryland who need legal assistance for criminal defense or personal injury matters. Contact the Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz today to discuss your case.