Baltimore Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
In Maryland, an average of 73 motorcycle riders and passengers die in traffic crashes and nearly 1,046 sustain injury each year. This is concerning for a few reasons. First, motorcycle riders have little protection. While some choose to wear thicker leather, googles, gloves, and a helmet, this is simply not enough to protect against a negligent driver. Our Baltimore motorcycle accident lawyers handle these cases regularly. If you or someone you know is in a motorcycle accident, you may have a claim for compensation.
Motorcyclists share the streets with cars, trucks, bicyclists, runners, and more. But while car and truck drivers may escape the scene of an accident with only minor injuries, motorcycle accident injuries can be deadly. Like a truck colliding with a car, any other type of motor vehicle colliding with a motorcycle spells trouble for the rider. The mere weight difference is a serious problem for the health and safety of the motorcycle and its passengers.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is headquartered in Washington, D.C., reports that motorcycle riders are largely overrepresented in fatal traffic crashes. Nationally, there were 5,932 reported motorcyclists killed in 2021. Miraculously, accidents in Maryland accounted for just 1.2% of these. Nonetheless, motorcycle riding continues to be highly dangerous. Moreover, 14% of all traffic fatalities in 2021 involved motorcycle riders. Disproportionately, just 3% of all registered vehicles are motorcycles. Accordingly, not only is riding a motorcycle more likely to end in a fatality, but you are also more likely to get into an accident if you are riding a motorcycle than some other motor vehicle.
To make matters worse for motorcycle riders, there is a noticeable upward trend from 1975 to now. NHTSA data show that the 2021 number of motorcyclists killed is the highest it has been in nearly 50 years. Some more useful statistics include that 29% of motorcycle operators killed in 2021 were also drunk. Lastly, NHTSA reports that only 65% of motorcycle riders were following motorcycle helmet protocol.
When Should I Hire a Baltimore Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
The best time to hire a personal injury lawyer in Baltimore depends on the facts of your case. However, the best time to consult an attorney in Baltimore is as soon as you can. Before consulting your attorney, seek immediate medical attention if necessary. Even if you are unsure about the severity of your injury, do not neglect yourself. Once you have been to the hospital, try to call a motorcycle accident lawyer that same day. The sooner you consult with an experienced attorney, the sooner an aggressive legal team can protect your rights.
In some cases, each day that you wait matters. As a plaintiff, you have a duty to mitigate your damages. This means you have an affirmative duty to do certain things such that the defendant is not on the hook for unreasonable damages. Additionally, by calling us, you can consult with our Baltimore motorcycle accident lawyers for free. There is only a fee if we win. This is a huge benefit to you. To be abundantly clear, under no circumstances do you owe your Gelb & Gelb attorneys a fee unless we win your case. Our fee structure is set up this way so accident victims who do not otherwise have the means to afford an attorney may still protect their rights. Nonetheless, this fee structure is available to all clients we take.
What Type of Claim Should I Make
The typical cause of action in a motorcycle case in Baltimore is one for negligence. Without getting into the technical legal definition, negligence is a deviation from the standard of care. In other words, the defendant driver has a duty to maintain control of his vehicle, and has failed to do so, resulting in injury to the plaintiff. Additionally, you may be able to make a claim for assault or battery with a motor vehicle. However, this is less common. It requires intentional conduct on the part of the defendant.
Contact a Baltimore Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Roger Gelb and our legal team have handled thousands of cases in Maryland. Our firm has been practicing law in D.C. and Maryland since 1954, providing us nearly 70 years of experience aggressively fighting for our clients. If you believe you may have a case, give us a call today. We are available to talk 24/7.