Hurt in a Motorcycle Accident?
Due to a motorcycle’s relative size compared to a car or truck, when an accident occurs, the biker and any passenger is much more likely to suffer serious injury. This is true even if the motorcyclist is an extremely careful and trained driver. Oftentimes, distracted drivers who are not paying attention are common causes of motorcycle accidents, and it is the biker that ultimately pays the price for the car driver’s negligence. Baltimore, Maryland motorcycle accident attorney Susan R. Green, founder of Hardball Law, has represented bikers and their passengers in the aftermath of a wreck caused by another driver. She understands that not only will victims of these types of accidents have to deal with the physical aftermath, but they also must fight insurance companies for a full and fair settlement. Insurance companies for the driver who caused the motorcycle accident will be looking for any reason to deny liability or minimize the motorcyclist’s injuries.
After an accident, as soon as you are able, contact Towson, Maryland motorcycle accident attorney Susan R. Green to learn about your rights and legal options at no charge. Serving motorcycle accident victims throughout Maryland including the Annapolis, Baltimore, Catonsville, Columbia, Dundalk, Ellicott City, Glen Burnie & Towson areas.
Fault in Maryland Motorcycle Accidents
After a motorcycle accident, the driver’s insurance company is going to attempt to place the blame for the accident on anyone but their insured. They do this by contacting the other parties in the accident, and in recorded statements, mislead the person or confuse them into making statements that could be construed as admissions of fault for the wreck.
In Maryland, our state follows a legal doctrine called contributory negligence. Under personal injury law, contributory negligence stops an injured person from suing a negligent car driver if the injured person also contributed to the crash. This is true even if the injured person only slightly contributed to the cause of the accident, and the other driver was the main cause of the accident. This could mean that a person who was only 1% responsible for a wreck could be barred from collecting any money from a person who was 99% responsible.
Insurance agents understand the doctrine of contributory negligence, while most people involved in auto accidents have never even heard of it. Therefore, a common trick an insurance agent may try to pull is to get the injured party to admit he or she contributed to an accident, even in a small way. Most people have a natural instant to apologize, even if they are not at fault. This is one reason why injured motorcyclists absolutely need their own lawyer after a crash. Injured parties and their family members should never speak to the other driver’s insurance company after an accident without first obtaining their own attorney.
Hurt by Someone Else’s Negligence? Call Our Baltimore Personal Injury Attorney Now
After a motorcycle accident, an injured person is under no obligation to speak to the other driver or his or her insurance agent. In fact, injured motorcyclists should never speak to the driver’s insurance company after a wreck without first contacting Baltimore personal injury attorney Susan R. Green. She can investigate the accident, protect the injured party’s rights and negotiate with the insurance company of the person responsible for the wreck. Susan is a seasoned litigator who has tried many cases before judges and juries throughout her career. If the other side is not willing to settle the claim for an amount that is fair, she will be prepared to take that side to court.
Reach out to Susan at Hardball Law at (410) 494-7400. We will review your situation at no charge to evaluate your claim and offer free legal advice. As a personal injury law firm, we work on contingency fee agreements. This means no one ever needs any money up front to hire an experienced attorney, and attorney fees are only owed if a settlement or verdict is obtained.