In Pennsylvania, 860,600 people were licensed to drive motorcycles in 2015. Motorcycles provide an enjoyable form of recreation as well as a cost-effective form of transportation. On any given day during fair weather, you will see motorcyclists traveling throughout Philadelphia and the countryside. With so many motorcycles on the roadways, accidents involving motorcyclists unfortunately do happen.
The most recent accident statistics available in Pennsylvania indicate that 176 people died in motorcycle accidents in 2015. Motorcycle drivers were involved in 3,413 total crashes, and 296 of those involved drivers under the influence. These statistics highlight the real risks associated with riding a motorcycle in Pennsylvania. The attorneys at Anapol Weiss in Philadelphia represent all victims in motorcycle accidents.
Understanding Motorcycle Accidents
Many people wrongfully assume that motorcycle riders are risk takers and possible speed demons. In reality, many motorcycle riders are very safety-conscious. Accidents often happen because passenger vehicles don’t expect and don’t see narrow profiled vehicles as they navigate traffic.
Motorcycle accidents commonly happen when:
- Passenger vehicle drivers fail to see or drive cautiously around motorcyclists
- Roadway hazards, including loose gravel and standing water prevent motorcyclists from maintaining balance and control
- Motorcycle parts malfunction during operation
- Motorcyclists engage in careless or reckless behaviors
In any accident involving a motorcycle, motorcycle drivers and passengers may face serious injuries. Motorcycle accidents can result in road rash, traumatic brain injuries, disfigurement, and amputations. The lack of a restraining system and protective cage increases the likelihood a rider will fall of the bike or be thrown. Even single-vehicle incidents involving motorcycles at low speeds can prove deadly.
If you were a motorcycle driver, passenger, or pedestrian involved in a motorcycle accident, legal action can provide much needed financial compensation. A motorcycle accident attorney can provide support as you navigate the complexities of Pennsylvania insurance terms, prove liability, and file a civil claim for damages to cover the cost of your losses.
Motorcycle Laws in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania requires that all motorcyclists follow the rules of the road. The state does not require all riders to wear helmets. Any rider over the age of 21 and who can demonstrate two years of licensed experience or the completion of a safety course may choose not to wear a helmet. However, refusing to wear a helmet could harm your ability to secure fair compensation. Some courts may see the failure to wear a helmet as an act of contributory negligence.
In addition to wearing a helmet, motorcyclists can take certain other safety precautions to protect their rights after a motorcycle accident. Wearing reflective gear at night, using proper signaling techniques, and traveling at safe speeds will all reflect rider responsibility during a motorcycle accident claim.
Contact Our Philadelphia Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
After a motorcycle accident, you may face an uphill battle to secure compensation from insurers and negligent parties. Some defendants will try to paint motorcyclists as stereotypical thrill seekers who contributed more than 50% to an accident. An experienced attorney cannot guarantee a certain outcome, but he or she will work hard to bring every piece of evidence to light during the course of a claim. A civil claim may offer compensation to cover the costs of medical expenses, lost income, future wages, and loss of quality of life.
At Anapol Weiss, we offer our full commitment to your needs and a history of success in personal injury law. Each of our motorcycle accident attorneys understands the laws that affect motorcyclists and accident victims in the state of Pennsylvania. We serve our clients as compassionate legal advocates.
As your representative, your Anapol Weiss attorney can represent you in insurance matters, in front of bill collectors, and throughout related civil claims. In a complex choice no-fault insurance state such as Pennsylvania, you may benefit greatly from the support of a lawyer in any motorcycle injury case. For a private case evaluation, contact our Philadelphia, PA office and schedule an appointment.