Q: What rights does a passenger have in a Maryland motorcycle accident?
A:A passenger on a motorcycle has the same rights as the operator of the motorcycle. If you've been injured in a Maryland motorcycle accident as a passenger, you have the right to go after the party at fault for the crash:
1. If the person operating the motorcycle made an error that left you injured, you have the right to demand compensation from the operator.
This does not necessarily mean that you are requiring a friend to pay the damages out of pocket. Maryland law requires motorcycle owners to have insurance on their bike, so your injuries should be covered by the operator's motorcycle insurance.
2. If the driver of another vehicle was at fault for the accident, then you and the motorcycle operator may both sue the driver of the at-fault vehicle for any injuries or property damage.
3. If a flawed roadway (such as a pothole or insufficient signage) caused the motorcycle to crash, both you and the motorcycle driver may go after the party responsible for the roads. Depending on the situation, this could be the state, local county, city, or even a construction company responsible for a work zone area.
If you have additional questions, consider calling an experienced personal injury lawyer in Montgomery County at 1-800-875-9700.