Motorcycle Lawyer

Bowie Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

Motorcycle accident victims often face more serious injuries and they are usually subject to greater scrutiny in accident cases.

The motorcycle accident lawyers at Patterson Law understand the challenges that motorcyclists face when confronted by a negligent driver and the serious injuries they suffer.

What to Expect

Most motorists do not understand the challenges a motorcyclist faces when confronted with a dangerous situation on the road.

A motorcycle accident lawyer needs to know the unique skills and rules that a motorcyclist masters to receive a license.  Without this knowledge a motorcyclist’s lawful and safe actions are likely to be misconstrued by judges, juries and witnesses.  The case below demonstrates why a motorcycle accident lawyer will win cases that a car accident lawyer would lose.

A motorcyclist makes a lane change to enter an exit lane from the highway. The motorcycle driver begins to slow down and the car that was behind the motorcyclist is now next to the motorcyclist. At this moment he sees an abandoned vehicle stopped in the exit lane next to a concrete barrier. He applies his brakes as aggressively as he can. He looks down at his front tire to make sure that he doesn’t grip the front brake too hard causing the motorcycle to flip. A witness mistakenly concludes the motorcyclist is not paying attention because he is looking down. The motorcycle driver looks to see if there is room for him to make a lane change.  The other cars are too close and he would need to release the brakes to steer.  The motorcyclist can either crash into the car or the lay the bike down. He crashes into the car breaking his knee and ankle and flies past the car only to land in the right through lane. Unable to move he hopes traffic is able to stop.

The motorcyclist was accused of racing because when he entered the highway he did so at the same time as another motorcyclist. A witness assumed they knew each other and thought they were driving too fast. Another witness thought the motorcyclist was not paying attention because he was looking down as he applied his brakes instead of forward. The insurance company gleefully denied the claim. They had the backing of an independent witness and could exploit the prejudices that motorcyclists regularly face. A motorcycle accident lawyer prevented this from happening.

What to do

Immediate help and preservation of evidence is what a motorcycle accident victim needs.

The motorcycle accident victim had his father immediately took photographs of the scene and the skid marks. Another friend stopped at the scene and took a photograph of where his body landed in the roadway. A motorcycle accident reconstructionist was able to match the length of the skid marks, the location of the car to a google earth image capable of being precisely measured. The accident reconstructionist showed that the motorcyclist was not speeding, applied the brakes within a normal reaction time and did not have sufficient time to bring his motorcycle to a stop. The insurance company rejected these findings because they were inconsistent with the independent witnesses’ testimony. They hired their own accident reconstructionist who largely confirmed the findings. The insurance company still denied the claim and argued in trial that the motorcyclist was at fault for not avoiding the car.

The motorcyclist received a verdict over the insurance policy for the driver of the car that abandoned his car in a travel lane when it had a flat tire.  This is just one example of many cases where the motorcycle accident lawyers of Patterson Law have successfully fought through denials of responsibility to help their motorcycle clients recover.

How to recover and protect yourself

Motorcycles are subject to different insurance requirements and often are unfairly blamed for accidents.

Bowie, Motorcycle accident lawyers, George and Maria Patterson have handled dozens of motorcycle accidents. Motorcycle accidents and car accidents may be caused by the same violations of the rules of the road, but motorcycle accidents create several unique issues.

First, most motorcycle insurance policies do not provide personal injury protection or (“PIP”).  PIP is available in most car accident cases and pays for at least $2,500 of medical treatment without having to prove who was at fault for the accident. Bowie, Motorcycle accident lawyers, George and Maria Patterson can guide you through the process of obtaining quality medical care for your injuries even if you do not have health insurance or personal injury protection.

In all motor vehicle accident cases your lawyer needs to establish that the other driver was at fault. In many motorcycle accident cases, the other driver often failed to see the motorcycle before the accident. The driver is then forced to admit that he failed to see a motorcycle that was there to be seen or allege that the motorcycle driver was speeding, made an unsafe lane change or failed to have his lights on. These allegations may be difficult to disprove and will require experienced motorcycle accident lawyers to refute the allegations.

Motorcyclists tend to have different and more severe injuries than those in car accidents. Most motorcycle accident victims suffer road rash. The road rash may lead to cosmetic damage and scarring necessitating the services of a plastic surgeon. Motorcycle accident lawyers can arrange for an estimate from a plastic surgeon to surgically improve the scarring left from road rash. The road rash may also have damaged a tattoo. Motorcycle accident lawyer, George Patterson has successfully recovered monetary damages for a tattoo damaged in a motorcycle accident. These are all damages that an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer can help you recover.

Head injuries are also common in motorcycle accidents. A traumatic brain injury or concussion often occurs in motorcycle accidents even if a helmet was worn. Football players suffer concussions in games while wearing helmets and the forces in those games are often far less than the forces in a motorcycle accident. If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident and are suffering from any signs of a concussion it is important that you are seen by a neurologist.  Most people involved in severe motorcycle accidents are taken to the emergency room or shock trauma center and given a CT scan of the brain.  Medical experts in court, routinely explain to juries that CT scans of the brain are not designed to rule out a concussion but to rule out more serious conditions such as swelling of the brain or a bleed in the brain. These experts explain that a normal CT scan of the brain after a motorcycle accident does not mean that the motorcyclist did not suffer a concussion. Neurologists offer treatment and important medical guidance to those that have suffered concussions or traumatic brain injuries.  Motorcycle accident lawyer, George Patterson has lectured nationally about tips and techniques to establish and document concussions, traumatic brain injuries  and vestibular injuries from motorcycle accidents.  The motorcycle accident lawyers at Patterson Law have represented motorcycle accident victims that have suffered serious head injuries, broken bones and permanent scarring.

Fractures that often require immediate surgery are seen in motorcycle accidents. Fractures to the wrists, forearms, tibia, fibula, pelvis, ribs and femur are not uncommon in motorcycle accidents. Many of these fractures require the insertion of pins and rods. Insurance companies will often not compensate these as permanent injuries without medical opinions being properly documented and obtained. An experienced motorcycle accident lawyer can make sure that your treating doctors or independent experts document the full extent of your injuries.

Motorcyclists follow additional driving rules and utilize different driving techniques that are often misinterpreted by other motorists.

A True Professional

I retained Mr. Patterson on behalf of my father after he was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident that was not his fault. Our experience with him could not have been better. He exceeded our expectations in every way. He was not only concerned with the case, but showed genuine concern for our well-being. He made himself available and always thoroughly explained things to us through every step of the process. He did a great job, and while the whole situation was very hard on us, working with him was a great experience. I would recommend him without reservation to anyone in a similar situation.

Daniel T.

A Motorcycle Accident Client

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If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident or suffered a serious personal injury due to someone else's negligence please contact the best personal injury lawyers at Patterson Law. George Patterson has been featured in an article published in the Best Lawyers in America. The "best" injury lawyers may be reached at their Bowie or Annapolis offices at 301-888-4878.

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Please call 301-888-4878 to schedule a free consultation with the motorcycle accident lawyers at Patterson Law.  We offer free consultations to seriously injured motorcycle accident victims at hospitals and at their homes. In addition we offer free consultations at our Annapolis and Bowie offices. The Annapolis office is located in the Patterson Law Building, 1 Willow Street, Annapolis, Maryland. Our Bowie office is located in the Omni Medical Building, 4000 Mitchellville Road, Suite A202, Bowie, Maryland.