After being injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be able to start a personal injury case to pursue damages. A legal claim can help you seek compensation for medical costs and other expenses the accident caused.
A motorcycle accident lawyer from our firm wants to help you with your College Park case, from explaining your legal rights to completing the groundwork to build a strong claim or lawsuit. The initial consultation is always free.
What Are Your Legal Options After a Motorcycle Accident?
If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident, you may be able to file a personal injury claim to seek compensation from the liable party.
In order to file a claim, you will need to present evidence that demonstrates how the accident impacted your life – such as the medical expenses you now face, the time you missed from work, and more.
When you hire a motorcycle accident lawyer from our firm, they will gather evidence to both support your claim against the liable party and prove your level of damages.
For legal consultation with a motorcycle accidents attorney in College Park, call (410)886-6215
How Motorcycle Accident Claims Work
Starting your case begins with determining the liable party, or the person against whom you will file the claim. Our team can help you determine whether the person who caused the motorcycle accident can be held liable for your injuries.
Once you identify the liable party, your motorcycle accident lawyer can begin building a case against them by collecting documentation, calling on witnesses, and assessing the damages you qualify to pursue.
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Damages You May be Able to Recover
Damages are the costs you can put a value on – the ways in which the accident affected your life.
Our team can help you determine the possible damages you could recover, including those outlined below.
Medical expenses from your motorcycle accident may include both the costs you incurred directly after the accident for things like a hospital stay and other emergency care, as well as future medical costs.
Surgeries, prescription medications, physical rehabilitation costs, and more may become a part of your recoverable medical damages. If your injuries were severe or are expected to have long-term or permanent effects, you may be able to file for higher amounts of damages.
Motorcycle accidents can often lead to serious injuries, and you may have to miss quite a bit of time at work while in recovery. Compensation from an injury claim could help pay for any wages and benefits you miss out on (such as health insurance or 401k earnings).
Should your injuries affect your ability to return to work or cause you to switch career paths, you may also be able to claim damages to reflect this impact as well.
Wrongful Death Damages
If you lost a family member in a motorcycle accident, you may be able to pursue damages for their wrongful death. When a driver fails to yield the right-of-way or makes another mistake while driving, leading to a biker’s death, it can qualify their surviving family members for compensation.
Wrongful death damages can help you pay for your loved one’s funeral and burial expenses. They may also compensate you for loss of emotional and financial support if you lost your spouse or your children lost their parent.
Pain and Suffering
After being injured in a motorcycle accident, you may struggle with getting back to day-to-day life due to lingering trauma. Pain and suffering damages are meant to compensate a person for the emotional anguish and discomfort caused by an injury.
You may be unsure which damages to list for your College Park case. A motorcycle accident lawyer from our firm can help you account for each recoverable damage. We start by providing a free consultation to review your case and assess the damages.
What Factors Will Affect My Motorcycle Accident Claim?
Certain factors may affect the outcome of your case, including the following.
The Statute of Limitations
The statute of limitations is the timeframe you have for filing your motorcycle accident injury lawsuit. In Maryland, the statute of limitations for personal injury is three years, according to Md. Code, Cts. & Jud. Proc. § 5-101.
This may seem like a long time, but this period can quickly expire. A lawyer from our firm can help you file before the statute runs out if you reach out right away.
Maryland is one of four states with a contributory negligence principle for injury claims.
This means that a person cannot seek compensation after an injury-causing accident if they are even 1% responsible for it, as established in Coleman v. Soccer Association of Columbia.
However, our team will work hard to build your case and show why the liable party is responsible for your injuries.
Severity of Injuries
You do not have to have serious injuries to file a personal injury claim after a motorcycle accident. Still, more severe injuries tend to lead to higher medical bills and effects on your life.
This is not a guarantee for more compensation, but we will take the degree of your injury severity into account when negotiating on your behalf.
We will review many factors surrounding the accident when building your case. These could include whether you were wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.
Maryland law requires all bikers to wear a helmet while operating their motorcycles, according to the Maryland General Assembly.
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How Can a College Park Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Help?
At the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow, we can help with your motorcycle accident case in a number of ways. We will begin with a thorough case evaluation, which is entirely free of charge. From there, we can request the necessary documentation to start building your case.
We will request the police report so you do not have to, and we will assess all the ways the accident has impacted you and your loved ones’ lives in order to help you seek fair compensation. If you still need a medical evaluation, we can even suggest medical providers that our own staff and their families would call on for trusted medical care.
Call on the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow Today
When you are ready to begin your College Park case, trust a motorcycle accident lawyer from our firm for legal support. Previous clients have given us an overall 5-star rating on Google for a reason. We want to support you during this challenging time.
Our staff is available by phone and email. We even provide a unique texting number for 24-hour communication. Get in touch with the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow for your free consultation today.