Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Washington, DC
Aggressive Representation for Injured Motorcycle Riders
Motorcycles have become a popular form of transportation and recreation, and Washington DC is home to Rolling Thunder, the world’s largest single-day motorcycle event. With so many motorcycles on the road, it is not surprising that there are a significant number of accidents.
Motorcycle riders face the highest risks of suffering injuries and death during accidents. Statistics show that motorcycle riders suffer injuries in 98% of accidents that involve cars or trucks. Even when motorcycle accidents involve only riders, the results can be devastating, causing catastrophic injuries.
The aftermath of a motorcycle accident can be overwhelming, but you don’t have to go through it alone. At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., we help you every step of the way. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation! We’ll fight for the justice you deserve.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were over 5,000 motorcycle deaths in the U.S. in 2019 and 84,000 injuries. The NHTSA also reports that motorcyclists are 29 times more likely to die in traffic accidents than occupants of passenger vehicles. Motorcycle accident statistics may vary slightly from state to state but are generally alarming because they show that motorcycle riders face extreme risks on public roads.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Most motorcycle accidents occur due to driver error and negligence. However, many other factors can contribute to an accident. Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Road departures and hazardous road conditions
- Aggressive driving
- Drunk driving accidents
- Distracted driving
- Defective motorcycle parts
Motorcycle accidents are not only caused by collisions. Sometimes another driver can cause a motorcyclist to crash without striking the motorcycle. For example, if someone driving a passenger car fails to see the motorcycle and cuts it off, the motorcyclist may be forced to veer off the road, resulting in an accident.
Riders face constant dangers on public roads and highways, and when they suffer damages at the hands of others, riders have the right to be fairly compensated.
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Many different types of injuries can be caused by a motorcycle accident. Some of the most common include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Road rash
Motorcycle Accidents and Insurance Issues
While many riders may believe that an insurance company will fairly compensate them for their damages, the unfortunate reality is that claimants face numerous challenges when filing a personal injury claim. Insurance companies are in the business of collecting premiums. As a result, they often do everything in their power to pay victims as little as possible.
Insurance providers will commonly dispute claims and attempt to capitalize on negative rider stereotypes to deflect fault away from car drivers who cause accidents. Our motorcycle accident attorneys fight back against insurance companies when this is the case. Learn more about your right to compensation and how a motorcycle accident attorney can help you today!
Statute of Limitations on Motorcycle Crashes
In Washington DC, the general statute of limitations for filing a motorcycle accident claim is three years from the date of the accident. You have three years from the accident to file a claim against the at-fault driver. If you do not file a claim within this time frame, you will be barred from doing so and may not recover any compensation for your injuries.
However, there are different deadlines for different causes of action, such as for wrongful death claims (which have a 2-year statute of limitations in Washington, DC).
In addition, many claims have certain notice requirements which are much shorter. You should contact an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer to discuss the deadlines that apply to your case as soon as possible.
When is a Driver Responsible for a Motorcyclist’s Damages?
All drivers have a legal responsibility to ensure that others on the road are kept free from preventable harm – and they can be held liable when they fail to uphold this duty. A driver will be responsible for a motorcycle rider’s damages if it can be proven that their negligence, carelessness, or wrongful act more likely than not caused the accident. Like any traffic crash, at-fault drivers will be financially responsible for victims’ damages.
Contributory Negligence in Washington DC
Washington DC. generally follows the contributory negligence rule. If you are the driver of a car and involved in an accident and you are negligent, and your negligence was a cause of the collision, you will not be able to recover for your injuries or damages.
However, if you are a riding a motorcycle (or if you are riding a similar vehicle such as a bicycle or ATV, or if you are a pedestrian) you can recover full compensation for your damages even if you were negligent, as long as the accident was not mostly caused by your negligence.
A Vehicle Turning Left Strikes a Motorcyclist. Who Is Responsible?
It depends. If the left-turning vehicle is turning left on a regular green light, it must yield to oncoming traffic, including motorcyclists (and bicyclists, for that matter). Of course, if the driver is turning left on a green arrow, the motorcyclist must yield to the driver. However, in many cases drivers of motor vehicles may run a red light, fail to see a motorcycle rider who has the right of way, or fail to share the road safely. In any of those situations, the driver of the vehicle would likely be at fault and be responsible for the damages caused to the motorcycle driver.
What to Do After a Motorcycle Crash
When a motorcycle accident occurs, the first thing you should do is seek medical attention, even if you don’t think you’re injured. Many injuries, such as concussions and whiplash, may not present themselves until hours or days after the accident. Once you have been seen by a medical professional, you should contact a motorcycle accident lawyer.
Why Do I Need an Attorney?
You need someone on your side who knows how to deal with the insurance companies and who will fight for what you deserve. An experienced motorcycle accident lawyer will fight for your rights and help you get the compensation you deserve. The insurance company will likely have its team of lawyers working to minimize the amount of money they have to pay out on your claim.
At our law firm, we have a team of experienced motorcycle accident lawyers ready to help you with your case. We understand the unique challenges bikers face after an accident, and we know how to get results.
How Our DC Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Can Help You
The Washington, D.C. motorcycle accident lawyers with Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. have a proven track record of success in helping clients obtain the maximum compensation possible for injuries they have suffered due to the negligence of others. Our firm has consistently demonstrated we have the expertise needed to help our clients see that justice is served. We have the resources needed to conduct thorough investigations of all the circumstances contributing to a motorcycle accident, gathering evidence to establish negligence and other forms of legal liability.
Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. has obtained more than $500 million in verdicts and settlements, and our attorneys have more than a century of combined legal experience. Two of our partners are certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Our firm has also earned the highest AV® Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, one of the most respected attorney-ranking service organizations in the United States. Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. attorneys work passionately on behalf of our clients to help them secure fair compensation – there is no type of case that is too complex for us to litigate.
Recovering Damages in Motorcycle Accident Cases
Victims injured in motorcycle accidents can file personal injury claims to recover any physical, financial, and/or emotional damages they suffered due to an accident. Damages may include medical bills, lost work wages, future earnings, pain and suffering, emotional damages, etc. In wrongful death cases, families may recover damages for funeral expenses, loss of financial support, and emotional injuries.
We Get You Results
For more than 50 years, the Washington DC lawyers at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. have successfully represented individuals and families who have been injured or lost loved ones as the result of someone else’s negligence. Here is a small sample of some of our successful verdicts and settlements:
- $3.5 million for a man who suffered a brain injury when a District of Columbia police officer opened his door into traffic and “doored” him.
- $6 million on behalf of a man who suffered a brain injury as a result of a rear-end collision.
- $5 million medical malpractice settlement on behalf of a 14-year-old client who suffered a severe brain injury as a result of a doctor’s inappropriate use of a chemical product.
- $4.8 million on behalf of a severely injured man when his motorcycle struck a trailer being pulled by a minivan.
- $4.5 million for a woman who was seriously injured in a pedestrian accident after being struck from behind by a transit bus in a crosswalk.
- $600,000 verdict obtained against the United States Postal Service as a result of the negligence of one of its drivers, who pulled out from a stop sign in front of our client’s motorcycle.
See additional examples of our case victories and settlements on our “Case Results” page.
Contact a DC Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today
If you are looking for the highest level of representation available for your motorcycle accident claim, turn to Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. Our firm has helped clients recover more than $500 million in compensation, and we have more than 100 years of combined experience. All of our partners are recognized by Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers®, and our firm includes three past presidents of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C.We work to help our clients obtain fair settlement offers to compensate them for the injuries they’ve suffered, but our attorneys are extremely well-equipped to go to trial if needed. Call (202) 659-8600 or contact us online to get the proven legal representation you deserve.