Due to its scenic vistas and rolling hills, Pennsylvania remains popular with motorcyclists and ranks as one of the states in the U.S. with more motorcyclists than most others. This means a higher rate of motorcycle accidents that may leave riders vulnerable after a crash. The risk of being killed in an accident is 35% greater for motorcyclists than for occupants of other motor vehicles; however most motorcycle crashes involving other automobiles are not caused by bikers, but by drivers of other vehicles. Many bikers are hurt or killed due to other drivers’ inattention, negligence or failure to maintain the proper distance between vehicles.
Motorcycle accidents are most likely to occur in high-risk situations such as: left turns, strong winds, car blind spots, large vehicles, hazardous road conditions or defective parts and equipment. With little protection from potential impact, motorcyclists are at the mercy of other drivers. Many times, drivers claim they could not see the motorcyclist or the bike until it was too late because of the smaller size of the vehicle, but this does not detract from the severity of a crash or the driver’s responsibility toward the accident. Some accidents may even be the result of speeding or illegal drinking or drug use by the other driver, which further complicates matters.
As a rider, motorcyclists should be aware of the motorcycle safety laws on the books in Pennsylvania. Take note that any rider under 21 must wear a helmet and only individuals over 21 who have been licensed for two years as a motorcyclist and passed the motorcycle safety education course through the Pennsylvania DMV may opt out of wearing a helmet. Motorcycles must be inspected on a regular basis to ensure compliance regarding safety is met.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC,) in 80% of motorcycle accidents, riders are killed or seriously injured. Injuries might include brain trauma, broken bones, dislocations, internal injuries and amputations. Accident victims not only suffer from devastating injuries — they must seek costly medical care and may require extensive time off from work in which to recover, which means lost wages. In some cases, individuals may become permanently disabled from the crash, which will forever change their circumstances and force them to readjust to a new lifestyle.
Unfortunately, most insurance companies offer motorcycle accident victims inadequate settlements, and they have been known to low-ball less experienced personal injury lawyers in Philadelphia as well. Injured bikers may find it extremely challenging to fight an insurance company to cover their medical bills while they should be recuperating. Going without skilled legal representation may mean that the victim will not receive an appropriate settlement that will cover the overwhelming amount of expenses that arise after a serious motorcycle crash. Nerenberg & Gagliano have been successfully representing motorcycle accident victims in the Philadelphia area for more than 22 years. We know what it takes to win your case, and we will aggressively pursue your right to full and fair compensation for your injuries or loss.
Contact Philadelphia Motorcycle Accident Lawyers at Nerenberg & Gagliano, P.C. Today
If you or a family member experienced a personal injury in a motorcycle accident, the lawyers at Nerenberg & Gagliano, P.C. can help you seek compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering. It is important to act quickly after you have been injured in a motorcycle accident since the statute of limitations for filing a claim after a crash is two years from the time of the incident. Our Philadelphia motorcycle accident lawyers will work with you to recover any losses that resulted from a motorcycle accident so that you can get your life back on track. Call today for a no obligation free consultation with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers about your motorcycle accident claim: 215-569-9100. You may also contact us online.