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Fatal Motorcycle Accidents

Maryland Fatal Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

Helping Families after Tragic Motorcycle Crashes in Maryland

Riding a motorcycle can be exhilarating, convenient, and economical. It can also be highly dangerous, as too many motorcyclists and their families are aware. Many people said casual goodbyes to loved ones who hopped on their motorcycles, unaware that would be their last conversation due to a fatal motorcycle crash.

Despite the risks of riding a motorcycle, many people continue to obtain their motorcycle licenses and ride in the state of Maryland. If a tragic accident does occur, surviving family members should not wait to consult with a dedicated fatal motorcycle accident lawyer to discuss their legal rights.

Call Alpert Schreyer Poe, LLC at (301) 812-4777 for free today. We’re here to help after a sudden and traumatic loss.

Maryland Motorcycle Accident Statistics

The Maryland Department of Transportation publishes reports on accidents that involved motorcycles.

The following are some statistics reported for a recent year:

  • 1,449 reported motorcycle accidents
  • 1,027 accidents resulting in injuries
  • 83 fatal accidents
  • 4.5 percent of all motorcycle accidents involved a fatality
  • 221 crashes in Prince George’s County
  • 136 crashes in Montgomery County
  • 198 crashes in Baltimore County
  • 199 crashes in Baltimore City
  • 158 crashes in Anne Arundel County
  • 50 crashes in Charles County
  • 81 crashes in Frederick County

The following are some additional trends noticed from the reported statistics:

  • Motorcycle accidents increased from April to October
  • Fatal crashes peaked in August
  • More accidents occurred during the afternoon hours than other times of day
  • Motorcycle drivers between ages 21 and 34 were most likely to be in a fatal crash
  • Males were overwhelmingly more likely to be involved in fatal crashes or any motorcycle crash at all

While we can learn about crash trends, it is all but impossible to prevent fatal motorcycle accidents from continuing to occur in Maryland. No matter how safe a motorcyclist may be, other drivers can be negligent and can cause dangerous accidents.

Dangerous Motorcycle Crashes

Motorcycle crashes can be particularly dangerous for a number of reasons. First, there is the extreme vulnerability of motorcycle drivers and passengers when compared to other motorists. Occupants of cars and SUVs have seatbelts, airbags, crumple zones, roll bars, and more to keep them restrained inside the vehicle and as protected as possible from an impact. Motorcyclists, on the other hand, have very little except for a helmet to protect them.

When a 4,000-pound vehicle hits an exposed motorcyclist, it’s not surprising that the motorcyclist can suffer numerous traumatic injuries to various parts of their bodies. The injuries can only multiply and get worse if the crash throws the motorcyclist from their bike. Then, they experience the impact of the vehicle as well as the impact with the ground. Sometimes, a motorcycle will hit a fixed object, such as a light post, and the motorcyclist can collide directly with that object.

Overall, motorcyclists can suffer catastrophic injuries in accidents. Some injuries that can often be fatal include:

Sometimes, not even first responders or emergency trauma crews at the hospital can save someone suffering from the above injuries. Sadly, the news reports on fatal motorcycle accidents in Maryland several times per month.

What happens if your loved one is the victim of a fatal motorcycle crash? How do you recover from this tragic loss? While the law can never turn back time, it does give family members in this position important legal rights.

Maryland Wrongful Death Claims

Every state has its own particular laws regarding wrongful death claims. Maryland law allows a wrongful death claim after a fatality that occurred due to the negligence or wrongdoing of another party.

There are two separate actions that family members may file after a fatal motorcycle crash, including:

  • Wrongful death claim – Brought to seek compensation for the losses of loved ones, including lost future financial support, lost companionship, lost support, and more. Maryland does cap non-economic losses, such as pain and suffering, at $2 million for wrongful death claims.
  • Survival action – This is brought on behalf of the deceased motorcyclist’s estate to seek compensation for harm to the motorcyclist, including medical expenses after the accident, pain and suffering they experienced, and funeral and burial expenses.

Generally speaking, primary beneficiaries such as spouses, children, and parents may file a wrongful death claim, a survival action, or both. If no primary beneficiaries are available or willing to file, secondary beneficiaries such as siblings or cousins may be able to do so. The damages from a survival action will go to the estate and distributed in line with the deceased person’s will or Maryland intestate laws.

Seeking the Recovery Your Family Deserves

If you suddenly lose a loved one in a fatal motorcycle accident, you may face many losses, both emotional and financial. If the motorcyclist was a primary financial provider for your household, you may wonder how you are going to pay your bills on top of the immense grief you are suffering. Allow our compassionate attorneys to handle your legal case for you and seek the compensation you deserve.

Liable parties in motorcycle accident cases can include negligent drivers, companies, and other entities. We know how to prove negligence in a motorcycle crash, such as:

  • Distracted driving
  • Drunk driving
  • Fatigued driving
  • Speeding
  • Tailgating
  • Dangerous lane changes
  • Dangerous road hazards
  • Malfunctioning motorcycles

We will evaluate what happened and advise you whether you may have the right to file a wrongful death and/or survival action. We can then handle every step of the process so that you and your family can focus on processing your loss and moving forward.

Contact Our Maryland Fatal Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Right Away

Our Maryland injury attorneys know how difficult it can be to lose a loved one in a sudden accident. We are here to protect your rights under Maryland law and hold any negligent parties fully accountable for their actions.

Call (301) 812-4777 or contact us online to schedule your free case evaluation today.

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