People love riding motorcycles, especially in the warm summer weather. It’s no secret why–motorcycles are quick, gas-efficient, stylish, and are an overall fun means of transportation. Unfortunately, due to motorcyclist’s high level of exposure, motorcycles are also among the most dangerous forms of transportation. If you or someone you know was injured in a motorcycle accident, here are some of the questions you may have:
What are some of the most common types of motorcycle accidents?
Since motorcycles are not highly visible when viewed from behind, especially for cars and trucks elevated higher off the ground, red light and other rear-end collisions happen all too often. If you are a motorcyclist and were rear-ended, it is virtually never your fault, and even a small tap from another car may break a bone or worse. Motorists failing to yield are another huge cause of motorcycle accidents. Plenty of people do not feel the need to yield the right of way to motorcyclists. If this has happened to you, there is a good chance you will be able to recover compensation. Lastly, single-bike accidents unfortunately happen all too often. About 57 percent of all motorcycle deaths involve a single vehicle. However, motorcyclists are not always at fault. Many motorcyclists lose control of their vehicle due to potholes, uneven pavement, or even by hitting an object dropped in the road by a truck.
What are some examples of driver negligence?
As stated earlier, motorists very often disregard the rules and regulations of the road. Some of the ways in which motorists may behave in a negligent manner are:
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Driving while drowsy or fatigued
- Smoking or eating while driving
- Texting while driving
- Failing to comply with traffic signs and lights
How do I recover compensation after I was injured in a motorcycle accident?
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, you may wish to receive compensation. However, in order to do so, you must first prove the other party’s negligence. For example, if you can prove that the offending party was asleep at the wheel at the time of your accident, you will most likely be able to recover compensation. This is why it is a good idea to have some sort of mountable, hands-free and legal camera on your person while riding. The best way to prove your case is through photographic or video evidence. Additionally, if you were injured, you should seek medical help immediately. A physician may treat your injuries and provide you with medical documentation regarding the injuries you have sustained, which you may also use to prove your claim.
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The legal team at Markey & Orsi has proudly represented clients who have been injured throughout the state of Maryland due to the negligence of another party for nearly 30 years. If you require strong legal representation, contact Markey & Orsi today to schedule a consultation.