Baltimore Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Assist You and Your Family
We Understand How Dangerous The Roads Can Be For Motorcyclists
Motorcycles can provide endless joy to riders and their passenger, but that pleasure can quickly turn to tragedy when you or a loved one is hit by a vehicle while riding. At Mallon & McCool, LLC, our attorneys stand up for clients who have been injured in motorcycle crashes. We work to quickly resolve your claim and help you get back on your feet. Our goal is obtaining maximum compensation for your injuries.
What Are The Main Causes Of Motorcycle Accidents?
One of every five motorcycle accidents result in head and neck injuries. In 2011, there were 1880 motorcycle accidents in Maryland, injuring more than 1,500 residents and killing 70 people. Factors that frequently lead to motorcycle crashes are:
Cars making left-hand turns – One of the most dangerous situations for motorcyclists is vehicles making-left hand turns. In many cases, car drivers fail to see the rider and strike the motorcyclist. These crashes often occur when the motorcyclist is going straight through an intersection or is attempting to pass a car.
Road hazards and fixed items in the roadway – Failure to maintain streets and highways can result in uneven pavement or potholes. Motorcycle riders are more at risk of falling and crashing if roadways are poorly kept. Random objects, road kill, oil-slicked pavement, ice and snow and other fixed objects all pose a serious threat to motorcycle riders. Over 25 percent of motorcycle deaths are a result of collisions with fixed-item road hazards.
Motorcycle lane-splitting – Lane-splitting happens when motorcycles drive between two lanes of traffic that has slowed or stopped. Lane-splitting can cause accidents because of the close proximity of motorcyclists to vehicles, the reduced space for motorcyclists to maneuver and the fact that drivers may be unaware of the motorcyclist’s presence. Lane splitting is not permitted in the state of Maryland.
Drunk driving – Vehicle drivers and motorcycle riders who are intoxicated or under the influence of drugs can crash into and seriously injure or kill motorcyclists. More than half of the single motorcycle accidents that occur involve alcohol and high rates of speed. Unfortunately, these make for a deadly combination and motorcycle drivers and their passengers are often seriously injured or killed.
Reckless drivers – Careless and reckless drivers are a top reason for motorcycle crashes. Reckless drivers ignore traffic rules, dismiss roadway regulations and fail to observe motorcycle riders, creating dangerous environments for motorcyclists.
Speeding – About half of motorcycle accidents are caused by speeding, both by car and motorcycle drivers. Drivers who are moving too fast often cannot stop in time before hitting a motorcyclist.
Sport, supersport and high-performance motorcycles – The death rate for riders of sport and supersport motorcycles is two to four times higher than that of conventional motorcycle riders. Sport and supersport motorcycles are lightweight motorcycles with high horse-power engines that enable them to travel extremely fast. High speeds and a lack of caution among sport motorcyclists or drivers can lead to serious crashes.
Poor weather conditions– Inclement weather can produce slick roads and low visibility leading to serious injury accidents between motorcycles and vehicles who don’t see them.
Motorcyclists deserve to safely enjoy their vehicles. Unfortunately, negligent drivers can make the roads dangerous for motorcyclists and their passengers. If you have been injured in a motorcycle crash, you need an attorney who knows motorcycle laws and can get to the bottom of injury accident causes. Call on Mallon & McCool, LLC to help obtain your rightful compensation after a motorcycle crash. We successfully investigate your motorcycle accident, pursue witnesses, review medical records and fight for you in the courtroom. Our lawyers stand up for your rights and concentrate on getting you maximum results.