Prince George's County Motorcycle Accidents
Prince George's County bears the unfortunate distinction of being the county with the highest number of motor vehicle-related injuries and fatalities in the State of Maryland. Numerous dangerous roads contribute to the county's high rate of collisions, including Branch Avenue, Capital Beltway, and Baltimore Avenue. Harmful crashes frequently occur on Crain Highway, Laurel Bowie Road, and Pennsylvania Avenue as well. While any accident can cause trauma, people involved in accidents while riding motorcycles typically suffer more significant harm than other motorists due to multiple factors. Most motorcycle collisions happen because of careless driving, and people hurt by the carelessness of others can often recover compensation. If you were injured in a Prince George's County motorcycle accident, it is advisable to meet with an attorney to discuss your rights. The seasoned Maryland motorcycle accident lawyers of Foran & Foran, P.A. are adept at helping people hurt by the recklessness of others. Those injured can seek damages for their losses, and if you hire us, we will advocate zealously on your behalf.Obtaining a Police Report for a Prince George's County Motorcycle Accident
Generally, defendants in lawsuits arising out of motorcycle accidents will dispute their liability. As such, if the police investigated the crash, it will typically benefit the plaintiff to obtain the report issued after the investigation, as it will most likely shed insight into the causes of the crash. Parties can obtain accident reports for collisions that occurred in Prince George's County from www.crashdocs.org or www.buycrash.com for a $10 fee. They should wait at least 72 hours after the accident before requesting a copy. To obtain a report, they must provide the name of the party involved and the case number. People can also request accident reports from Prince George's County Police Records, located on the third floor of 4923 43rd Avenue, Hyattsville, Maryland 20781, or at any police station in Prince George's County. There is a $10 fee for each copy of the report, which must be paid by business check or money order. People seeking accident reports must provide a government-issued photo ID.Proving Liability for Prince George's County Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents typically cause significant physical injuries, emotional trauma, and economic losses. As such, people injured in such collisions will often pursue compensation from the party that caused the crash in personal injury lawsuits. Because most motorcycle accidents are caused by recklessness, a plaintiff seeking damages in a personal injury lawsuit will usually assert a negligence claim against the defendant.
In Maryland, a plaintiff alleging a defendant acted negligently first has to demonstrate that the defendant owed the plaintiff a duty. The duty may be to act with the care that a reasonable person would employ in a similar situation, or it may be an obligation imposed by law. Next, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant's acts or omissions constitute a breach of the duty owed. Last, the plaintiff must establish that the defendant's breach caused the plaintiff to suffer quantifiable harm. Although the defendant's behavior does not have to be the sole cause of the collision, it must be a significant factor in bringing it about.
The plaintiff usually must rely on the police report and other evidence like photographs, surveillance videos, and eyewitness testimony to demonstrate the defendant's negligence. In some instances, they may need to hire an expert to reconstruct the accident as well. If the plaintiff can prove the defendant's fault, they may be granted damages for the financial and intangible losses they sustained due to the collision.Speak to an Experienced Prince George's County Lawyer Today
Motorcyclists face a greater risk of suffering harm than other motorists, and unfortunately, many people are hurt while riding motorcycles through Prince George's County. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, it is in your best interest to speak to an attorney about your potential claims. The experienced Maryland motorcycle accident lawyers of Foran & Foran, P.A. can advise you of your rights and help you seek the full amount of damages recoverable under the law. We have an office in Greenbelt, and we frequently assist people in the pursuit of compensation in motorcycle accidents cases in Prince George's County and Montgomery County and throughout the State of Maryland. You can reach us to set up a confidential and free meeting through our online form or by calling us at (301) 441-2022.