Motorcycles are not designed with sturdy steel frames or safety features such as airbags or seat belts. The lack of these features brings motorcyclists closer to the road and adds to the thrill and excitement, but it also makes riding more dangerous. Because motorcycles lack these basic safety features, motorcyclists are at risk of suffering severe injuries if they are hit by another vehicle.
Injured motorcyclists may be entitled to compensation. Discuss your case—and your legal options—with the experienced motorcycle accident attorneys at Malloy Law Offices, LLC.
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident caused by another party’s negligence, you are entitled to various forms of compensation. The first type is known as economic damages, which is compensation used to cover expenses that the victim has incurred or monetary losses that the victim has suffered as a result of their injuries. For example, victims often recover economic damages for medical expenses, lost wages, and property damage.
The second type is known as non-economic damages, which is compensation used to cover the victim’s non-monetary losses. This may include compensation for a victim’s mental anguish, pain and suffering, and disfigurement, for example.
The amount of compensation that is awarded will vary on a case-by-case basis. It’s best to let the Maryland personal injury attorneys at Malloy Law Offices, LLC review your case to determine how much it is worth.
Both motorcyclists and passengers are legally required to wear helmets in the state of Maryland. Despite this law, many motorcyclists choose not to wear a helmet when riding their bike.
If you are involved in a crash at a time when you are not wearing a helmet, you may wonder whether your failure to comply with the helmet law will affect the outcome of your case. Fortunately, the law states that your decision to not wear a helmet cannot be taken into consideration when determining liability or the value of your claim. This means the insurance company cannot use your decision to ride without a helmet to blame you for your injuries, lower the value of your claim, or deny your claim.
To put it simply, you are still entitled to compensation for your injuries even if you were not wearing a helmet when the accident occurred.
The time that it takes to resolve a motorcycle accident case will depend on several factors, including the severity of your injuries. Negotiations with the at-fault party’s insurance company cannot begin until you have reached maximum medical improvement. It takes longer for victims with severe injuries to reach this stage, so it will also take longer to resolve these claims.
Another factor that will play a role in the time that it takes to reach a resolution is the insurance company’s willingness to negotiate. It is much faster to resolve a case outside of the courtroom. But if the insurance company will not make a fair offer, we may recommend taking your case to trial. If your case goes to trial, it will take much longer to reach a resolution and obtain the compensation you deserve.
Motorcycle accident injuries can impact every part of your life, including your finances, career, personal relationships, and independence. Recovering from your injuries requires your full attention. While you focus on your recovery, the Bethesda personal injury attorneys at Malloy Law Offices, LLC will focus on maximizing your compensation.
Our motorcycle accident lawyers will immediately launch an investigation into the accident to determine how it occurred and who was at fault. Then, we will begin aggressively negotiating with the at-fault party’s insurance company so we can reach a fair settlement as quickly as possible. We won’t settle for less than you deserve, so if necessary, we will take your case to trial in order to obtain every dollar of compensation you are entitled to by law. Let us work tirelessly to reach the best possible outcome in your case.
Fighting for compensation is not easy—especially if you are trying to recover from serious motorcycle accident injuries. Don’t face the stress of a personal injury claim alone—turn to the trusted motorcycle accident attorneys at Malloy Law Offices, LLC for help. For over 15 years, we have helped injured motorcyclists secure the compensation they deserve. Let us fight for you. To schedule a free consultation regarding your case, call 202-845-7727 or submit your information using the form on this website.