Pennsylvania – January 13, 2021

When accident victims suffer catastrophic injury, or families lose a loved one to a motorcycle crash, they may need assistance with damage recovery to cover expenses and medical costs associated with care, or wrongful death losses that affect financial stability for a surviving family.  Motorcyclists are susceptible to accidents arising out of bad roadway conditions, as well as negative interactions with other drivers, resulting in a death rate 28 times higher than passenger vehicle drivers according to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration.  When fatal injury does not occur, catastrophic injuries may leave accident victims in dire straits emotionally, physically, and financially.  A motorcycle accident attorney can work with medical professionals, and other experts to determine damage valuations when catastrophic injury will last a lifetime.

Distractions and injury.

Accident parties often claim they did not see a biker because they were driving erratically, but motorcycle accidents happen when other drivers may be distracted and cannot avoid a crash with a motorcyclist.  When a car, or truck makes impact with a motorcyclist, the likelihood of significant bodily harm and fatal injury increases, as riders are likely to hit the ground, be ejected into the air before landing, or absorb the impact of the accident in full force on their body with no protection from a metal framework. In some states, riders are not even required to wear helmets, predisposing them to long term brain injuries.

Many injuries can be catastrophic, varying by severity, including brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, loss of limbs, severe burns, and lacerations.  It is paramount to hire an experienced motorcycle accident attorney to fight for a client’s rights to comprehensive damages they will need to fully recover, or adjust to the long term physical, mental, emotional, and fiscal harms caused by the accident.

Road safety.

The NHTSA works against motorcyclist dangers through state guidelines and safety program development aimed at reducing crashes.  Federal Motor Vehicle Standard 218 regarding helmet use, in concert with requirements for protective gear, proper licensing, impaired riding education, rider training, conspicuity, and motorist awareness should be included in programming.  An experienced motorcycle accident attorney can explain the importance of safety education and impacts of traffic engineering as it relates to an accident victim’s case.

Wrongful death.

A wrongful death attorney can assist with damage valuations within the two year statute of limitations in Pennsylvania. Compensation for wrongful death, or catastrophic injury caused in a motorcycle accident may cover medical bills and expenses; funeral and burial expenses; pain and suffering; loss of income compensation based on life expectancy; and in some cases, punitive damages.

Seek legal counsel.

Accident victims should minimize additional stress by hiring a competent motorcycle accident lawyer, who can objectively speak on their behalf in a courtroom, and work toward comprehensive damage recovery.  Experienced attorneys in the Philadelphia area can determine “fault” and actions toward a legal proceeding to address any damages and injuries sustained.

PhillyLaw, LLC

2021 Locust St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Phone: (215) 515-2050

 

Sources:

https://www.legis.state.pa.us/WU01/LI/LI/CT/HTM/42/00.071.002.000..HTM

https://www.nhtsa.gov/sites/nhtsa.dot.gov/files/documents/13507-motorcycle_safety_plan_050919_v8-tag.pdf

https://www.iihs.org/topics/motorcycles/motorcycle-helmet-laws-table

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