Baltimore Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Injured in a Motorcycle Accident in Baltimore, MD?
Riding a motorcycle can be an exhilarating experience, but it can also be dangerous. Every year, thousands of people are injured or killed in motorcycle accidents in Baltimore and the surrounding areas. If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident, it is important to seek the help of an experienced personal injury attorney to protect your rights and get you the compensation you deserve.
At Mike Slocumb Law Firm, we have a team of skilled attorneys who specialize in representing victims of motorcycle accidents. We understand the unique challenges that arise in these cases and are committed to helping our clients get the justice they deserve.
Why Are Motorcycle Accidents So Devastating?
Motorcycles offer minimal protection compared to cars. Cars have a rigid metal frame, seat belts, airbags, and the entire vehicle shell to absorb impact forces in a collision. In contrast, motorcyclists are exposed and have only helmets and protective gear (if worn) to shield them from injury.
Furthermore, motorcycles are smaller and lighter than cars, which means they are often less visible to other drivers on the road. In a collision with a car or a larger vehicle, the motorcycle is more likely to be pushed around or thrown off balance, increasing the risk of severe injury for the rider.
Lastly, there is a significant risk of the rider being ejected from the motorcycle upon impact. This can result in severe injuries or fatalities, especially if the rider collides with other objects or vehicles.
The following are common causes of motorcycle accidents caused by other vehicles:
- Failure to Yield Right of Way: One of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents is when a motorist fails to yield the right of way to a motorcycle. This can happen at intersections, when changing lanes, or while making left turns. Drivers may not see the motorcycle or underestimate its speed, leading to collisions.
- Unsafe Lane Changes: Drivers may change lanes without properly checking their blind spots or signaling, potentially colliding with a motorcycle in their blind spot. Motorcycles are smaller and less visible than cars, making them more susceptible to being overlooked.
- Distracted Driving: The use of mobile phones, eating, adjusting the radio, or engaging in other distractions can divert a driver's attention away from the road. When drivers are distracted, they are less likely to notice motorcycles, increasing the risk of accidents.
- Impaired Driving: Alcohol or drug impairment can impair a driver's judgment, reaction time, and ability to perceive motorcycles on the road. Impaired drivers are more likely to cause accidents, and these accidents can be especially devastating for motorcyclists.
- Speeding: Speeding reduces a driver's reaction time and increases the severity of collisions. When a vehicle is traveling at a high speed and collides with a motorcycle, the impact can be catastrophic for the motorcyclist.
- Following Too Closely: Tailgating or following a motorcycle too closely is dangerous. If the motorcycle suddenly brakes or encounters an obstacle, the following vehicle may not have enough time to stop, resulting in a rear-end collision.
- Left-Turn Accidents: Motorcycles are at a higher risk when a vehicle making a left turn collides with them. Drivers making left turns often misjudge the speed of an approaching motorcycle or fail to notice it altogether.
- Opening Car Doors: In urban areas, a common cause of motorcycle accidents is when a driver or passenger in a parked car opens their door without checking for oncoming motorcycles. This can lead to a collision known as "dooring."
- Inadequate Use of Signals: Failure to use turn signals or using them improperly can confuse other road users, including motorcyclists, and result in accidents.
- Inattentive Driving: Some drivers may not be fully engaged in driving, daydreaming, or not paying attention to their surroundings. This can lead to failure to see motorcycles or react appropriately to changing road conditions.
- Aggressive Driving: Aggressive behaviors such as tailgating, road rage, and weaving in and out of traffic can put motorcyclists at risk. Aggressive drivers may engage in dangerous maneuvers that can lead to accidents.
No matter where your accident occurred or what the circumstances were, our attorneys can help. We will investigate your case, gather evidence, and work with experts to build a strong case on your behalf. Our team will also negotiate with insurance companies and fight for your rights in court if necessary.
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