For motorcycle enthusiasts, there’s nothing that compares to the feeling of an open-air ride. Unfortunately, for those who are involved in a motorcycle crash, those feelings are likely to include extreme pain, frustration, and even anger — especially if the crash was caused by a negligent car or truck driver.
If you have been injured or lost someone you care about in a motorcycle collision in Maryland or the District of Columbia, Steven H. Heisler, “The Injury Lawyer” can provide the skilled legal guidance and representation you need to hold the liable parties responsible. Please call (410) 625-4878 to learn how Steve can help you recover the financial compensation you are entitled to.
Motorcycle Accidents in Maryland and Across the U.S.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) tells us that in 2013, 4,668 people died in motorcycle crashes in the U.S. and 88,000 were injured. Both of these statistics went down 5-6% from the previous year — so why are we still concerned about motorcycle safety and advocating for the rights of motorcyclists?
Common Causes of Maryland Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents happen for a variety of reasons, some of which are due to the behaviors of motor vehicle drivers:
- Failure to watch for motorcycles on the road
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Rude or inconsiderate attitudes
- Failure to maintain an adequate distance from the motorcycle.
Some motorcyclists are unable to control their cycle because of road conditions:
- Hazards such as debris and loose gravel
- Potholes and other signs of poor maintenance
- Poorly designed roadways
- Inadequately marked workzones
- Blind curves
- Slick surface due to weather conditions.
It is also possible for defective equipment or mechanical failure to cause a motorcycle wreck.
Steve Heisler knows that after a motorcycle crash it is important to carefully examine all aspects of the incident in order to identify the responsible parties — and there could well be more than one. Steve will diligently pursue rightful compensation from every source to help you with the financial burden after a Maryland motorcycle accident.
Injuries Suffered in Motorcycle Accidents
Because of their size and the lack of protection inherent in motorcycle design, drivers and passengers on cycles are likely to sustain serious injuries in crashes, especially if a car or truck is involved as well. Injuries of the lower extremities — feet and ankles; legs, knees and thighs; hips and pelvis — are the most common types of injury for motorcyclists. Bone fractures are not unusual, accompanied by abrasions, sprains and crush injuries.
Upper-extremity and head injuries happen less often, but they tend to be more severe. Traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death in motorcycle crashes.
These riders have a higher incidence of chest injuries and multiple rib fractures because they tend to ride larger, heavier machines which may overturn on them. The steepest rise in severe injury rates has occurred in the 60-and-over age group, who are two and a half times more likely to incur serious injuries than those 20-40 years of age and three times more likely to be admitted to the hospital.
Compensation Available to Motorcycle Accident Victims
Catastrophic injuries can be costly both in terms of medical expenses incurred and in the victim’s inability to earn a living, even temporarily.
Economic damages available to motorcycle victims, or to their survivors, include:
- Doctor and hospital charges
- Surgery expenses
- Physical therapy and rehabilitative treatment
- Lost wages, both present and future
- Property damage
- Funeral costs.
Monetary compensation may even be available for non-economic damages, such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Mental suffering
Examining the Causes and Consequences of Motorcycle Crashes
Maryland Motorcycle Crash Lawyer, Steve Heisler
The financial strain, as well as the emotional and physical effects of a motorcycle crash, can feel overwhelming, but a skilled motorcycle crash attorney can help you begin the process of recovery. Steven H. Heisler, “The Injury Lawyer,” understands the tremendous obstacles that a rider may face after a collision. With over 25 years of experience helping thousands of injured riders, Steve can provide the approachable and professional guidance you need to recover financial reimbursement for your losses. Contact him today online or by calling (410) 625-4878 for a free consultation.
$5,500,000.00 - Steve represented a 33-year-old single mother of one whose vehicle was struck head-on by a construction truck in 2002. The client suffered life threatening injuries and was in a coma for six weeks. She required two months of brain injury rehabilitation. The client currently has serious permanent disabilities as a result of the accident including short term memory loss, impaired speech, double vision, and right side paralysis.
She is unable to return to her occupation as a dental hygienist or any other occupation. Steve Heisler and his associate Keith Kauffman negotiated a $5.5 million structured settlement at mediation. Should the client reach her life expectancy the payout increases to $9.5 million.
$250,000 - Steve represented the family of a 15 year old Anne Arundel County boy who was killed when the vehicle he was a passenger in failed to negotiate a curve and struck a tree. The defendant driver was also killed. Another passenger survived the crash. The defendant driver had a $300,000.00 liability policy. Steve negotiated a $250,000.00 settlement for the family. The remaining $50,000.00 was tendered to the surviving passenger.
$800,000 - Steve represented the estate and family of a 45 year old man who was killed when the motorcycle he was riding struck a guardrail and he was catapulted down an embankment. The estate and family alleged that a vehicle in the lane to the immediate left of the man swerved into his lane and caused a collision. The defendant strongly denied any wrong doing. The case was settled at a settlement conference for $800,000.00.
$325,000 - Steve’s client, a 45 year old Sr. Program Manager, was struck by a work vehicle that failed to yield the right of way while turning left in front of the victim in St. Mary’s County, Maryland. Steve’s client was thrown from his Harley Davidson and suffered multiple injuries resulting in two surgeries. Suit was filed and the case settled for $325,000.00.
$200,000 - Steve’s client, an elderly lady from West Virginia, was seriously injured when the car she was traveling in was struck by a negligent driver in Garrett County, Maryland. The lady suffered a broken back and detached retina. Steve negotiated a $100,000.00 settlement with the defendant driver’s insurance company and was successful in getting his client’s West Virginia insurance company to “stack” an additional $100,000.00 for a total settlement of $200,000.00.
$100,000 - Steve represented a five year old Eastern Shore boy who was struck by a vehicle driving on the wrong side of the road while the boy was riding his bike. Steve's client suffered a traumatic brain injury and serious fractures which required him to spend an extended period of time in a rehabilitation center. The boy now has permanent brain damage. The case settled for the driver's policy limits of $100,000.00.
$95,000 - Steve represented a 36-year-old Cecil County man who was rear ended while stopped at a red light. The force of the impact was severe and his client’s vehicle was totaled. Steve’s client suffered a cerebral concussion, a C5-6 disc herniation, and a L2-3 disc protrusion. He received a 30% whole-body permanent disability rating. Steve settled the case with the insurance company for $95,000.00.