In the days and weeks after the motorcycle accident, you are going to be overwhelmed. If you suffered a traumatic injury, you need to focus on your health and recovery, which may include surgeries, physical therapy, pain management, and other treatments. For some accident victims, the recovery period can be extremely painful and lengthy.
However, during this time our Pinder Plotkin Legal Team is investigating your accident to identify the liable parties and prove fault. Below is a discussion of fault, injuries, and evidence related to a motorcycle accident.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not talk to the insurance company for the other driver or any other party representing anyone related to your motorcycle crash. Always consult a Maryland motorcycle accident attorney immediately. Insurance adjusters and defense attorneys may try to gain information to use against you to deny or undervalue your claim. DO NOT trust anyone to protect your best interests except your Maryland accident attorney!
Common Causes of Motorcycle Crashes
Motorcycle accidents occur for a variety of reasons. The first step in identifying the party liable for your damages is to determine the cause of the crash. Common factors that contribute to the cause of a motorcycle accident include:
- Distracted Driving, including texting, talking on a cell phone, eating, grooming, adjusting controls, using social media, reading, etc.
- Fatigued or Drowsy Driving
- Impaired Driving, including drunk driving and drugged driving
- Speeding and Reckless Driving
- Aggressive Driving and Road Rage
- Traffic Violations, including failing to yield the right of way, following too closely, illegal U-turns, etc.
- Defective Motorcycle Parts
- Poor Weather Conditions
- Hazardous or Dangerous Road Conditions
The factors that caused the motorcycle accident help to identify the liable parties. Parties who may be responsible for damages in a motorcycle accident claim include drivers, government entities, truck drivers, companies, manufacturers, city agencies, and others.
Identifying the liable parties is not the only important step in an accident investigation. Our team must search for evidence that proves the other party was responsible for the crash. For complex crashes, our team may consult experts to recreate the accident scene or provide scientific evidence based on skid marks and property damage. Because investigating a motorcycle accident can be complicated, you should work with a team of experienced motorcycle accident lawyers like those of Pinder Plotkin LLC who understand what is necessary to prove fault and liability.
Your Injuries and Your Recovery
When a motorcycle crashes with another vehicle or object, the motorcyclist and passenger are vulnerable to a variety of serious and traumatic injuries. In many cases, a rider may be thrown from the motorcycle or crushed between vehicles. A motorcyclist does not have the same level of protection that an occupant of a passenger vehicle has during a collision.
Therefore, most motorcycle crashes result in injuries to the rider that require medical care and hospitalization. In some cases, the injury may be so severe that the rider may need surgery and extensive physical and rehabilitative therapy.
Common injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident include:
- Brain Injuries, including traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), concussions, closed head injuries, and penetrating brain injuries
- Fractures and Broken Bones, especially in the hands and arms as riders try to brace themselves as they are falling from the motorcycle
- Lacerations and Road Rash, which can cause serious infections, scarring, and disfigurement
- Facial Injuries, including broken jaws, eye injuries, lost teeth, fractures, cuts, and abrasions that require extensive surgery and cause scarring
- Amputations, either in the crash or surgical amputations after the crash because a limb, hand, foot, or other body part cannot be saved
- Damage to Internal Organs and Internal Bleeding, which can be life-threatening and result in the permanent loss of some bodily functions, infections, and nerve damage
- Spinal Cord and Back Injuries, which can result in partial or complete paralysis, loss of bodily functions, and loss of sensation
- Chest Injuries, which can cause the diaphragm to rupture, broken bones, and damage to the lungs and heart
Treatment and Recovery After a Motorcycle Accident
The medical treatment you receive depends on the type and severity of your injuries. As discussed above, some motorcycle accident victims must endure one or more surgeries, physical therapy, counseling, vocational therapy, and reconstructive surgery. For some victims, motorcycle accident injuries can result in a permanent impairment that requires ongoing medical care and personal care. The recovery for motorcycle accident victims can be long, frustrating, costly, and extremely painful.
Working While You Are Recovering
You do not want to settle your accident claim until you have recovered fully from your injuries. Your doctor needs to state that you have reached maximum medical improvement (MMI) before our Maryland motorcycle accident attorneys will negotiate a potential settlement of your injury claim. The reason we wait until you reach MMI is to learn from your medical providers if you suffered a permanent impairment or will require ongoing care.
For permanent impairment and ongoing care, you may be entitled to additional compensation from the liable party. Therefore, while you are recovering from your injuries, our Pinder Plotkin Legal Team is working behind the scenes to gather evidence to prove damages. In addition to proof of liability, you must also prove you suffered damages to recover compensation for your claim.
We work to gather and organize copies of medical records, invoices, bills, statements, evidence of lost wages, and other evidence of your financial damages. We are building your case for full compensation of all damages while you are working hard to recover from your injuries.
Moving Toward A Settlement of Claim
Once you reach MMI, our Maryland motorcycle accident lawyer works closely with your doctor to obtain an impairment rating and prognosis. We may also consult financial experts to project future losses. After receiving all information and evidence, our lawyers calculate the value of your claim to begin negotiations with the insurance company and other parties.