Motorcyclists are more susceptible to injuries and death in collisions with other vehicles due to their lack of protection. If you or a loved one was injured in a motorcycle accident in Bowie, Maryland, you can choose to work with a personal injury lawyer from our firm to potentially recover damages.
Our team at the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow helps motorcyclists facing several financial damages fight for the compensation they need to get back on their feet. Our team can also help surviving families mourning the loss of their loved one if a motorcycle collision caused their death. We offer free initial consultations, in which we can review the case and explain your litigation options.
A Motorcycle Accident Lawyer From Our Team Can Help You Pursue Compensation
At the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow, we serve clients in various cities throughout Maryland, including Bowie. If you are struggling to keep up with the damages that resulted from the motorcycle collision, our legal team wants to help. We can fight for the compensation that fairly covers those damages, including ones you might expect to face in the future.
During a consultation, we can review what physical, financial, and emotional damages you have endured, then help calculate their approximate values—even damages that aren’t monetary-based. We aim to consider all possible factors in your case, as you won’t be able to pursue additional compensation once it is finalized.
Types of Damages
There are two main categories of damages: economic and non-economic losses. These are your financial and non-financial losses, respectively, and there are no set values for what these damages may be worth in a case.
Economic damages may include:
- Current and future medical treatment expenses
- Current and future income loss
- Reduced earning potential
- Property damage
Non-economic damages may include:
- Current and future pain and suffering
- Permanent disability, including vision and hearing loss
- Physical disfigurement, such as scarring
- Emotional anguish
- Diminished quality of life
There are additional damages you may pursue when filing a wrongful death case on behalf of a deceased loved one. These damages may include:
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of parental guidance, companionship, or love and affection
- Loss of society
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of financial support, benefits, and services by your loved one
We understand that, whether you are mourning a loved one or agonizing over your own injuries, you may be preoccupied with the current circumstances. Our team can manage the case for you while catering to any concerns, and we aim to stay true to your interests when building the case.
For legal consultation with a motorcycle accident attorney in Bowie, call (410)777-8960
A Motorcycle Accident Case Has a Time Limit If You Want to Pursue Civil Action
According to Md. Cts. & Jud. Proc. Code § 5-101, you generally have three years from the motorcycle accident to submit a personal injury case about it.
If you are filing a wrongful death case on behalf of a late loved one, then Md. Cts. & Jud. Proc. Code § 3-904 allows about the same time, except three years from the date of their death.
If You do Not File the Case on Time
Failure to submit a case within its legal filing deadline set by Maryland law may have the following consequences:
- The case may be dismissed upon submission.
- The opposing party may request dismissal of the case due to its tardiness and have it granted by a judge.
- Certain evidence, such as surveillance footage, may expire.
Our team can alert you when your case’s filing deadline is getting closer. We may send notices and other legal paperwork to ensure the case is recognized on time.
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Our Legal Team Can Help Build a Comprehensive Motorcycle Accident Case
When you work with a motorcycle accident lawyer from the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow, our legal team also steps up to work on the case and prepare it for litigation. Once you join our client list, we offer to:
- Investigate the case to identify liable parties, witnesses, and sources for evidence
- Handle communication attempts from insurance companies, attorneys, investigators, and other interested parties
- Refer you to a medical provider from our network of resources should you need treatment
- Provide 24-hour communication access, including a unique texting number you can use to reach us
- Handle administrative work to ensure the legal paperwork of the case is correct and on time
- Appear in negotiation meetings or court hearings to pursue compensation on your behalf
- Provide legal advice whenever you want guidance on making a decision, such as on whether to accept a settlement offer
Contributory Negligence May Affect Your Motorcycle Accident Case
If you decide to move forward with a personal injury case in Maryland, one thing to be aware of is the state’s contributory negligence rule. This is a rule that dictates a plaintiff may be barred from collecting damages if they contributed any part of fault to their accident.
It is a strict rule that only three other states, along with Washington, D.C., abide by in the United States, according to the American Bar Association (ABA).
The Other Party May Argue You Were Partially Negligent in the Accident
So, how might this affect the case? If the other driver can argue and prove that you contributed to the cause of the accident or the severity of your injuries, you might not be able to collect compensation.
For example, let’s say you sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in a motorcycle accident. If you were not wearing a helmet―despite Md. Transp. Code § 21-1306 requiring all motorcyclists to wear a helmet while riding―the other party might claim your injuries would not have been as severe had you followed the law and worn protection. The judge may agree and deprive you of compensation.
Our team can anticipate potential defenses from the other party and prepare the case accordingly.
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Reach Out to the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow About Your Accident Case
If you or someone you love suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident in Bowie, call the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow at (410) 777-8960 to see if you might have a case against a negligent party, such as the other driver. A personal injury lawyer from our team may be able to help hold them accountable and have them compensate you for the damages.