What You Should Know about Motorcycle Accidents

With summer approaching in Washington D.C., the roads will start to see more motorcycles than ever. This is more reason than ever to be prepared while on the road. As a motorcycle driver, you are much more exposed to the elements than most other drivers. Before your first summer ride, let’s learn the most common causes of motorcycle accidents, what you should do if you are involved in an accident, and the statute of limitations in Washington D.C. Being a prepared driver is being a smart driver.

What are the most common causes of motorcycle accidents in Washington D.C.?

The most common cause of motorcycle accidents in Washington D.C. is negligent driving. The following negligent acts can lead to a motorcycle accident and accident injuries:

  • Speeding
  • Ignoring traffic lights/signs
  • Driving while tired
  • Driving under the influence
  • Failure to observe all other rules and regulations of the road

What should I do after a motorcycle accident?

If you have been in a motorcycle accident, it is important to know what to do next. Motorcycle accidents can likely lead to a personal injury claim and taking these steps can maximize your ability to win your future case:

  1. Call 911. Calling for the police and ambulances to arrive on the scene is the first crucial step to take after being involved in a motorcycle accident. The police will be able to fill out a police report and the medical professionals can treat anyone injured immediately. It is important to seek medical attention directly after the incident.
  2. Obtain the other driver’s insurance information. Try to make this conversation short and polite.
  3. Take your own personal photos of the scene including damage to your vehicles and any property involved.
  4. Write down witnesses’ contact information to later support your future claim.
  5. After you are treated for any injuries, be sure to obtain medical documents relating to your injuries.
  6. Reach out to a Washington D.C. personal injury attorney. An experienced attorney will help you to create a personal injury claim and gather any evidence necessary to receive compensation. This may include security camera footage of the accident in real-time. This, in many cases, is the most effective way to prove a personal injury claim.

What is the statute of limitations for motorcycle accidents in Washington D.C.?

The statute of limitations for motorcycle accidents in Washington D.C. is three years. After you sustain an injury in a motorcycle accident, you will have three years from the date of your accident to take legal action against the negligent party. Waiting longer than three years will most likely result in you being barred from your right to sue. Reach out to a Washington D.C. personal injury attorney today to take legal action. Don’t wait; give us a call.


The experienced personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys at Trombly & Singer, PLLC are prepared to represent clients facing legal matters after being injured due to another person’s negligence. If you require strong legal representation in Washington D.C. or Maryland, contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.