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Car Accidents and Motorcycles
Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC
Motorcycle Accident Attorney - Car Accident Lawyer
Motorcycles are a fundamentally different type of vehicle than a car, truck, or bus. Small and agile, they are capable of fleet maneuvers to avoid an accident, but unfortunately their size makes them less visible and can lead to car drivers blocking the path or maneuvering directly into motorcycles. Although some people are prone to assert that either the car driver or the motorcyclist is always at fault in this type of crashes, the truth is that every accident is unique, and determining fault depends on a detailed analysis of circumstances and driving patterns to create a full picture.
Whether you are a car driver or a motorcyclist, if you were involved in an accident the lawyers at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, & Siegel, P.C. can help you. Please call or email us today for a free initial consultation.
A Deadly Combination
When a car and a motorcycle crash, the consequences can be deadly. Riding a motorcycle is dangerous. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics, the fatality rate per 100 million miles traveled is over 20 times higher for motorcycles than for passenger cars. And, though, fatality and injury rates for cars and large trucks continue to go down, that for motorcycles, with 2007 having more than double the injuries and fatalities of 1998, though miles traveled on motorcycles have only increased about 30%.
For motorcyclists, the most dangerous vehicles on the road are the most common. About 85% of motorcycle fatalities are related to passenger cars. And in fatal car-motorcycle accidents, it is the motorcyclist who dies 98% of the time.
There is a wide variability in drivers' safety, both motorcyclists and passenger car drivers, and at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, & Siegel, P.C. our motorcycle accident lawyers are committed to discovering and telling the truth about an accident.
Common bad behaviors among car drivers that can lead to car-motorcycle accidents:
- Cursory or poor attention to mirrors
- Failure to check blind spots
- Aggressive driving
- Distracted driving
On the other hand, there are some bad behaviors among motorcyclists that contribute to car-motorcycle accidents and fatalities:
- Aggressive driving
- Maneuvering between lanes or other places where vehicles are not expected
- Not taking care to be visible
- Failure to wear a helmet or other safety equipment
Whether you are a car driver or a motorcyclist, we can help you tell your story of the accident and not accept fault when it is not yours.
Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, & Siegel, P.C. is recognized as one of the Washington, DC-area's top personal injury law firms. We are prepared to put our resources to work for you. Please schedule a free initial consultation and case evaluation today.