When motorcycle accident victims are trying to get compensation for their injuries, they may face unfair judgment when filing their claim. There’s a stigma against motorcyclists that stereotypes them as reckless, dangerous, and can often be unjustly blamed for the accident. A Baltimore motorcycle accident lawyer from Belsky, Weinberg & Horowitz, LLC can help you with your claim.
We’re proud to represent the motorcyclists of Maryland. We understand that most motorcyclists are responsible and safe drivers who deserve to have their rights protected. With our help, you may recover compensation for lost wages, loss of future earnings, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and property damage.
Baltimore Motorcycle Accident Statistics
Motorcycle accidents can occur when anyone acts negligently. Maryland is no different. The Maryland Department of Transportation released a report that details crash data from 2012-2016. Maryland motorcycle accidents averaged 1,153 injury crashes, 67 fatal crashes, and 361 property damage crashes from 2012-2016.
Baltimore has its own data for motorcyclists in the city.
- Baltimore has had an average of 212 motorcycle crashes from 2012-2016.
- The average of injury crashes is 159.
- There was an average of 7 fatal crashes.
- Crash incidents tend to happen during late spring, summer, and early fall months.
- Friday, Saturday, and Sunday typically have more crashes than the remaining days of the week.
Many motorcycle accidents could have been avoided if the negligent driver had behaved differently. Common causes of motorcycle accidents often involve aggressive driving, distracted driving, or inattentive driving.
- The driver was speeding, tailgating, or refusing to share the road with a motorcycle.
- The driver was on their cell phone, changing the radio, or trying to do something that took their attention away from the road. Distracted driving tends to remove focus from the road or one hand off the wheel which decreases the driver’s control of the vehicle.
- The driver didn’t see the motorcyclist or misjudged how to share the road with them.
Because motorcycle accidents can easily end in tragedy, it’s even more important to know that safer driving behaviors could have potentially prevented the accident from happening.
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Motorcyclists have next to nothing when it comes to protection in an accident aside from a helmet and thick, long-sleeved clothing. Motorcycle accident injuries can be devastating and in some cases catastrophic, meaning the injuries will cause permanent damage to the victim.
Common injuries include:
- Head/Brain Injuries. Getting thrown from a bike or the impact of hitting one’s head could cause the brain to swell or bleed. Motorcyclists may also suffer from concussions. If left untreated, these injuries can cause permanent damage that affects cognition and memory.
- Spinal Cord Injuries. If the motorcyclist is thrown from their bike and lands a certain way on their back, they could fracture or break parts of their spine. This could cause future issues with mobility or even paralysis.
- Broken Bones. The force of the crash or hitting the ground can break bones, especially when traveling at high speeds.
- Lacerations. Hitting gravel or the road can rip into unprotected skin. These have the potential to get infected.
Motorcyclists can suffer from road rash, which occurs when there is friction between their skin and the ground. The dirt, gravel, or pavement can rip and tear at the skin and debris on the road can enter the injury site. The friction causes serious burn injuries that have varying degrees of severity and requirements for treatment. Burn injuries should not be self-diagnosed and need to be seen by a medical professional so they can properly assess the injuries and create a treatment plan.
- First-Degree. This is the least dangerous form of road rash because it only affects the outer layer of skin. The area is usually red and painful, but there is a small chance of tissue damage. First-degree burns can be cared for at home.
- Second-Degree. These burns reach underneath the outer layer of skin. It may appear red, blistered, and will probably be painful. Medical attention is needed for treatment and the area could be scarred when it heals.
- Third-Degree. These burns cause deep wounds that reaches muscle, tendons, and bone. The nerve damage may take away feeling anything in that area. There’s a risk of infection and these burns need medical attention immediately. Skin grafts may be needed to heal the wound. The area will mostly likely be scarred and the nerve damage could be permanent.
Motorcycle accident victims could need months to recover from their injuries, and some will need more time if they must learn how to adjust to a new way of life. This adjustment can be an emotional time that requires mental health care along with rehabilitation. Initial medical costs plus what will be needed in the future can get expensive.
Get Help from a Baltimore Motorcycle Accident Injury Lawyer
The lawyers at Belsky, Weinberg & Horowitz, LLC are prepared to represent motorcyclists who were injured in an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence. If you or a loved one has been hurt, get in touch with us today at (800) 895-5333 to plan a free consultation. You’ll speak with a compassionate and skilled motorcycle accident lawyer in Maryland who will help you decide the best course of action for your case.