If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident anywhere in Maryland you deserve an aggressive and relentless attorney to fight on your behalf. Recovering damages in a motorcycle case presents unique challenges that are not present in your everyday car accident case. Motorcycle drivers carry around a negative stigma in this country that has nothing to do with reality, and at times it seems that even police officers can discriminate against a rider. Some officers seem to enjoy ticketing a rider for numerous infractions, and in cases involving an accident a judge or jury could come to court with biased opinions about motorcycle riders. Simply put, Benjamin will always make sure a judge or jury treats his motorcycle rider clients with the respect and fairness they deserve.
Driving a motorcycle is legal, fuel efficient, and is safe as long as other drivers are aware of their surroundings. The average car driver simply does not approve of motorcycle driving, and these are the people that may end up on the jury in a case for damages. This is precisely why it is important to retain an aggressive and experienced injury lawyer for any crash involving serious injuries. Benjamin Herbst vigorously represents motorcycle riders in all Maryland jurisdictions including the entire Eastern Shore, Anne Arundel County, Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, Western Maryland and the Baltimore metro area. He is available to his clients at all times on his cell phone, and when they call he answers. Benjamin firmly believes that being accessible is one of the most important attributes of a great lawyer. He prides himself on results, but also on keeping his clients informed and in the know each step of the way.
Motorcycle accident cases are different from car and truck accident cases in the way that they are handled by insurance companies. Maryland, like many states, does not require insurance companies to offer personal injury protection, or PIP. The insurance companies believe that motorcycle drivers are at a higher risk than car drivers, and will exercise the right that the Maryland Legislature has provided by denying PIP. Motorcycle drivers are generally at a higher risk for injury than automobile drivers due to the negligence of other drivers. While a portion of motorcycle accidents are caused by excessive speed and aggressive driving, two thirds of motorcycle accidents are the result car drivers not paying attention to their surroundings, according to the NHTSA. Quick lane changes, turning without signaling, and swerving over lane markers are all common causes of car induced motorcycle accidents. The problem with motorcycle accidents that makes them truly unique from car and truck accidents is that even minor accidents can result in serious bodily injuries. There is really no such thing as a fender bender involving a motorcycle.
The State Highway Administration reported that out over 80 percent of motorcycle accidents in Maryland result in a serious injury and almost 5 percent of motorcycle accidents result in a fatality. These numbers are truly staggering considering when in compared to the injury numbers for car accidents. The MVA reports over 100,000 car crashes per year with over 35,000 resulting in injuries, while less than 600 result in a fatality. That translates to a rate of about 35 percent of car accidents resulting in injuries, and .05 percent of car accidents resulting in fatalities. As a motorcycle driver in Maryland, you are entitled to recover all damages that arose because of someone else’s negligence. The idea of the civil justice system in is to restore the damaged party to the position he or she was in before the accident. Motorcycle accident lawyer Benjamin Herbst will not let riders be discriminated against in the courtroom as they are on the road, and will aggressively fight to recover a just settlement or verdict for your injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident anywhere in Maryland call Benjamin at (410) 207-2598 for a free no obligation consultation.