Motorcycle Accident

Bowie Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

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

The Bowie motorcycle accident lawyers understand the challenges that motorcyclists face when confronted by a negligent driver and the longer recoveries that they face.

What to Expect

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

The following is an account from a case handled by the Bowie Motorcycle Accident Lawyers.  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 to down at his front tire to make sure that he doesn’t grip the front brake too hard or the bike will flip. A witness thinks 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 breaks 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 is accident case is described in more detail here.  A motorcyclist accident must be prepared to confront the prejudices of other drivers.  Motorcyclists that ride sports bikes are perceived differently than motorcyclists that ride Harleys.  One thing that most motorcyclists have in common is that they usually ride with another motorcyclist for safety and they are overly cautious.  Studies have shown that people with less protection are more careful.  A classic example is how tackling changed in professional football with the advent of the modern helmet.  The hard plastic helmets were safer than the old leather helmets but the play on the field became more barbaric.  Players launched themselves headfirst at opposing players leading some to advocate for banning helmets.  Motorcyclists may have helmets but their bodies are largely unprotected and they are sharing the road with drivers that are encased in steel cages with airbags.  My experience is that motorcyclists travel the roads as cautiously as a football player that has lost his helmet tackles.

What to do

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

Motorcyclists also tend to travel with other motorcyclists so that they are more visible.  They also ride together in configurations that are designed to improve visibility and to minimize that cahnces of cars and trucks making unsafe lance changes.  Often these other motorcyclists become important witnesses that can testify about the safety practices and techniques utilized by trained motorcyclists. .

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

How to recover and protect yourself

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

The Bowie Motorcycle accident lawyers, at Patterson Law have each 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. The Bowie motorcycle accident lawyers at Patterson Law 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 an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer 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. A motorcycle accident lawyer 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 has successfully recovered monetary damages for a tattoo damaged in a motorcycle accident. These are all damages that an experienced motorcycle accident attorney 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. The Bowie 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 attorney can make sure that your treating doctors or independent experts document the full extent of your injuries.

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

In every motorcycle accident case I spend time informing judges and jurors about the unique rules and skills that experienced motorcyclists follow on the road.

Maria Patterson, Bowie Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

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The Bowie motorcycle accident lawyers at Patterson Law serve clients in Prince George's, Montgomery, Calvert, Charles, St. Mary's, Howard, Anne Arundel, Queen Anne's and Baltimore Counties. Our clients are from Silver Spring, Upper Marlboro, Bowie, Forestville, Prince Frederick, Leonardtown, Annapolis, Edgewater, Rockville, Mayo, Bethesda, Germantown, Olney, Beltsville, Deale, Bethesda, Severna Park, Largo, Landover, Oxon Hill, La Plata, Waldorf, Crofton, Columbia and Riverdale.

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The Bowie motorcycle accident lawyers at Patterson Law handle serious concussion, road rash, and motorcycle accident cases in courts in Upper Marlboro, La Plata, Annapolis, Rockville, and Prince Frederick. If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident please contact lawyer, George Patterson for a free consultation to discuss your case. The Bowie, motorcycle accident lawyers of Patterson Law may be reached at 301-888-4878. The Bowie motorcycle accident lawyers are located near the intersection of Route 301 and Route 50 in Bowie, Maryland.  Our Bowie office is located in the Omni Medical Building, 4000 Mitchellville Road, Suite A202, Bowie, Maryland.

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