In a recent study cited in a Bloomberg Business report, a group of researchers claims that the most common cause of motorcycle accidents is the driver’s loss of control over the bike. The article, which was released just a few weeks ago, claims that motorcyclists are 3.5 times as likely to get into a single-vehicle accident as they are to get into an accident involving one or more other cars or trucks.
Not surprisingly, the most common cause of single-vehicle accidents, the article claims, is speed. Another common occurrence of single-vehicle accidents is alcohol. The article advises that all motorcycle riders take motorcycle safety classes that are available through the State’s Motor Vehicle Association. However, no matter how cautious and educated a rider is, there is always the possibility for a freak accident to occur with another driver who may not see the motorcyclist.
Motorcycle Accident Victims Have an Uphill Battle
This article is good evidence of what the general public mistakenly believes to be the case in most motorcycle accidents: that the riders themselves are at fault and should be prevented from any financial recovery. Indeed, it cannot be denied that there are cases where a negligent motorcyclist is driving while intoxicated and gets into a single-vehicle accident, severely injuring him or herself. However, this is not always—or even often—the case.
Accidents that involve motorcycle rider negligence are rarely brought as lawsuits against other drivers, since there are often no other drivers involved. However, the majority of multi-vehicle motorcycle accidents we see involve at least some liability on the part of the other driver. In these multi-vehicle cases, it is important the motorcycle accident victim prepare for a fight, even though they may not believe they are at all at fault, since the other driver may try and shift the blame onto the rider. And given the general public’s sentiment about motorcyclists, this is often an effective way to avoid liability.
However, a dedicated motorcycle accident attorney knows all the tricks that insurance companies try in motorcycles and has an answer to them all. If you have been involved in a multi-vehicle motorcycle accident, make sure to speak with a dedicated attorney about your case and what you can do to increase your chances of getting the recovery you deserve.
Have You Been Involved in a Maryland Motorcycle Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been involved in a Maryland motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation based on the other driver’s negligence. However, you should be prepared for a fight. Most drivers’ insurance companies will try and deflect all or part of the blame of their customers onto the motorcyclist, knowing that they have a good chance of doing so. However, with the assistance of a dedicated and experienced Maryland motorcycle attorney, they won’t be able to take advantage of you as they otherwise would. To speak to one of the knowledgeable motorcycle accident attorneys at the Maryland personal injury law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC, call 410-654-3600 today to set up a free initial consultation. The dedicated advocates at Lebowitz & Mzhen have decades of combined experience recovering for Maryland motorcycle accident victims and would be happy to speak with you about your case, free of charge.
More Blog Posts:
Questionable Police Chase Results in Several Serious Injuries, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published December 4, 2014.
Motorcycle Accident on Inner Loop Injures One, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published January 21, 2014.