Columbia Motorcycle Accident Attorney
When the cold winters turn into warm spring and summer days, there’s little more satisfying than hitting the open road and exploring by motorcycle. But no matter how cautious you are, you can’t account for the actions of others on the road.
There’s no such thing as a “minor” motorcycle accident. By their very nature, motorcycle accidents are serious. In the event of an accident, bikers can expect injuries, including road rash, broken limbs, concussions, even spinal cord injuries. In the worst cases, families lose their loved ones. The Columbia motorcycle accident lawyers at Discepolo LLP are experienced in these traumatic injury cases.
Columbia Motorcycle Accident Law: What You Need to Know
In most states there is a statute of limitations in which you may file a motorcycle claim. In Maryland it is three years from the date of the accident. You have three years from the date of an accident to file a personal injury claim and three years to recover money from property damages (i.e., damage to your motorcycle). But these are maximum time limits – you should aim to file your claim as soon after the accident as you can.
If the statute of limitations has passed on your accident, the insurance company has little motivation to provide you with a fair payout. For maximum negotiating power, retain the services of a motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible.
The Comparative Fault Exception
While motorcycle accidents are generally no-fault incidents, some states also have a comparative fault rule. In other words, the courts have a way of figuring out who is more at fault for an accident in the event of a lawsuit. Some States use a fairly old doctrine, called contributory negligence, which makes it harder for motorists to pursue claims.
Say, for example, that a person opened a car door in front of you on the street, causing you to crash. If you were going even a few miles over the speed limit, the courts may determine that the other party was 90% at fault, but you were 10% at fault. In this instance, you would be unable to pursue further damages. Even if that number were 99% and 1%, you would still be ineligible to collect on a personal injury suit.
Having an Experienced Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Your Corner
As the victim of a motorcycle accident, your main concern should be tending to your health, not fighting with the insurance companies for a fair settlement. If you’re experiencing short- or long-term effects of a motorcycle accident, you need the help of an experienced legal team. Insurance claim offers may not be enough to make up for lost wages or a lack of earning capacity. Our Columbia motorcycle accident lawyers know how to calculate a fair settlement based on your economic and physical suffering.
Because Maryland’s accident laws are so tough, you need an equally tough injury lawyer in your corner. We know how to get the insurance companies to pay a fair settlement, and we won’t stop fighting until we’re satisfied you have the best compensatory agreement.
Serving Columbia, greater Baltimore and Chicago areas and nationwide biker communities
The aftermath of any accident is costly, and that’s particularly true when it involves a motorcycle. We help motorcyclists and their loved ones get settlements that provide them with the resources to begin healing. If you’ve been injured as the result of someone else’s negligence, get in touch with our office to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our compassionate representatives. We offer our services on a contingency-fee basis, so you only pay if we win.