Motorcycle Accidents Require a Lawyer Who Understands Motorcyclists
As an avid motorcyclist myself I know, no matter how experienced a rider you are, the biggest threat on the roads continue to be other negligent drivers. The most common cause of an motorcycle or scooter accident is a driver negligently making a left hand turn in front of a rider at an intersection because "they didn't even see you coming."
Motorcycle accidents can be devastating for you and your loved ones. You will need compensation for your immediate needs as well as compensation for any future complications that could arise.
Complications such as:
Pain & Suffering
Permanent Scarring or Disability
Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic Spinal Injury
Inability to work
Typically, insurance companies do not have your best interest in mind. Insurance companies are in the business of making money and they make money through confusion, delay tactics and ultimately, by not you paying full value on your claims. You need an experienced attorney to deal with the insurance company while you stay focused on recovering from your injuries. Call 267-225-3317 and ask to speak with Troy Crichton. Troy will ensure that you get every dime from that insurance company. Get him fighting for you today!
Our lawyers go above and beyond to help you after a crash. In addition to making sure you're fully compensated for your injuries, our lawyers will handle the property damage claim, negotiate your medical bills and deal with the insurance company to save you money.
And we do it all, at no extra cost to you! There is never any fee until you get paid
How much is my motorcycle claim worth?
Motorcycle accidents can cause severe injuries to riders and their passengers. Many of these injuries are catastrophic or permanently disabling. Catastrophic injuries can include brain or spinal cord injuries, traumatic tattooing from road rash, loss of limb, or multiple bone fractures. When an injured motorcyclist seeks restitution for an accident, the list can include many different damages:
Medical expenses. Payments for past and future hospitals stays, emergency care, surgeries, rehabilitation, therapies, medical devices, and prescriptions.
Past and future pain and suffering. Compensation for the physical pain, emotional suffering, and mental duress the victim may have experienced because of the accident.
Lost wages. An award to recover lost income and lost earning opportunities from a temporary or permanent injury.
Property damages. Reimbursement for the expense of repairing a damaged motorcycle or replacing a totaled vehicle.
A motorcycle accident injury claim’s value will depend on the severity of injuries, the amount of losses, the actions of the defendant, and many other factors.
Motorcycle Laws in Pennsylvania
The state of Pennsylvania has over 850,000 licensed motorcyclists. With so many motorcyclists on the roads, safety is one of the state Department of Transportation (PennDOT)’s priorities. Many tips can help reduce the risk of a motorcyclist getting into an accident, but one of the best ways to stay safe is to obey the law. Both drivers and motorcyclists should obey applicable laws and rules to help prevent deadly collisions.
Rules of the road. Motorcyclists have every right to the road other motorists have. They must also obey all traffic laws, rules, and regulations. Motorcyclists must obey posted speed limits and stop signs, and yield the right-of-way when applicable. They may ride two abreast of one another, but not with a motor vehicle. Motorcyclists cannot lane split in Pennsylvania.
Class M license. An individual must obtain a Class M (Motorcycle) license to lawfully operate a motorcycle. This requires the person to pass a knowledge test and ride with a learner’s permit for one year. Riders under the age of 18 must have learner’s permits for at least six months, and have 65 supervised hours of riding time, before the skills test.
Seating safety. Motorcyclists and their passengers must sit on permanently attached seats, and each has footrests. Passengers may only sit behind the operator while the vehicle is in motion. Riders must be able to use both hands to control the motorcycle, and cannot be holding anything that compromises this ability.
Equipment requirements. Handlebars cannot exceed shoulder height. The motorcycle must have a red light to the rear and a working headlight. All motorcycle equipment must be in proper working condition. Motorcycles must undergo safety inspections annually, based on the month of vehicle registration.
Obeying the state’s motorcycle laws can help you prevent a collision. It can also keep you out of legal trouble, avoiding traffic citations and fines. Following the rules makes Philadelphia’s roads safer for everyone. If a driver infringes upon a motorcyclist’s rights to the road and causes an accident, that driver could be liable for damages. Learn more by speaking with a motorcycle accident lawyer in Philadelphia.
Pennsylvania Motorcycle Helmet Law
Pennsylvania law requires all motorcyclists under the age of 21 to wear helmets. This includes both operators and riders. If the person is over 21 years of age, he or she must still wear a helmet until the rider has at least two years of riding experience or completes an approved motorcycle safety course. To meet the guidelines of a federally approved helmet, the helmet must have a DOT sticker.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Pennsylvania
The main cause of motorcycle accidents in Philadelphia is human error. Mistakes and negligence from a driver, motorcyclist, part manufacturer, construction zone manager, and other parties can cause deadly collisions. It is up to the injured motorcyclist in a case (or his or her Philadelphia motorcycle accident attorney) to identify the at-fault party and prove fault during a claim. Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents are as follows.
Failing to yield right-of-way
Unsafe lane changing
Cars making left-hand turns
Many cases involve more than one injury cause and potential defendant. For example, a vehicle driver may have caused a motorcycle accident through an act of negligence, but a part manufacturer could share the blame for creating defective motorcycle brakes (products liability actions). In these cases, all parties at-fault for the crash could be jointly and severally liable for damages.
Statute of limitations for Motorcycle Accidents in Pennsylvania
A statute of limitations is a law providing a time limit by which claimants must file their personal injury claims. Statutes of limitations differ from state to state. In Pennsylvania, injured motorcycle accident victims have two years from the date of their accidents to bring their claim against a negligent party. A wrongful death lawsuit has a limit of two years from the date of the individual’s death to file a claim.
Philadelphia Lawyer for your Motorcycle Accident Case
If you believe that you have a motorcycle injury case, Troy R. Crichton can help you. He is an experienced litigator and avid motorcyclist who can help assist you through every part of your legal case. Contact us for your free case evaluation.
All of our personal injury cases are handled on a contingency basis, so you won’t pay unless you receive a monetary award for your case. Call 215-225-3317 today for free consultation.