motorcycle accident

How Are Motorcycle Accident Cases Different from Car Accident Cases?

Motorcyclists are much more vulnerable than drivers in traditional cars. According to data from Zero Deaths Maryland, motorcyclists account for 91% of all people injured in motorcycle-involved crashes. A motorcycle accident also has almost three times more risk for injury or death compared to other accidents. What are some of the differences between motorcycle accidents and car accidents?

Motorcyclists Often Face Prejudice

While a few bad drivers have not soiled the perception of all drivers, a few bad motorcyclists often have soiled the perception of all motorcyclists in the minds of some people. These cultural stereotypes can lead to a bias against motorcyclists in a variety of ways, including in witness statements or during a jury trial. Working with the right attorney is critical to show that you are a safe and responsible driver.

Motorcycles Are More Vulnerable to Road Hazards

Cars can cope with road hazards like gravel, potholes, roadkill, or other hazards. While these things might damage the vehicle or lead to a flat tire, it is rare that they lead to a serious accident. These road hazards are much harder for motorcyclists to avoid, and they are also more likely to lead to an accident. Road hazards may be a contributing factor in any motorcycle accident.

Motorcycle Riders Are More Likely to Be Hurt

As mentioned in the introduction, one of the biggest differences between a motorcycle accident and a car accident is the likelihood of injury. Nationally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that motorcycle riders are over 26 times more likely to die in a collision than those traveling in a car. The lack of protection that a motorcycle provides dramatically increases injury and death risk, and the risk can be even higher when motorcyclists aren’t wearing proper protective gear.

Wearing a Helmet Matters

Maryland has contributory negligence laws that can make it hard for anyone to receive damages in a vehicle accident. However, there is a specific provision that is designed to help protect motorcycle riders. You are not allowed to consider evidence of a rider wearing or not wearing a helmet when determining whether negligence or contributory negligence occurred. Working with an experienced attorney will help ensure that whether or not you were wearing a helmet is not used against you.

Contact Mobley & Brown, LLP for Help With Your Motorcycle Accident Case

If you have experienced a motorcycle accident, you need the right legal assistance. Our experienced legal team is looking forward to working with you to meet your needs. Call us now at (410) 385-0398.