There have been numerous motorcycle accidents in the area over the past week, including a cyclist killed in a motorcycle-bus accident. In Newark, Delaware a motorcyclist died when he was thrown from his motorcycle and struck by oncoming traffic. Two pedestrians were seriously injured when they were struck by a motorcyclist, who then was thrown from the bike. In November 2013, the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that highway deaths increased to 33,561 in 2012, which is 1,082 more fatalities than 2011. The majority of the increase in deaths involved motorcyclists and pedestrians. Reports indicate motorcycle rider fatalities increased for the third consecutive year. Furthermore, 10 times as many riders died not wearing a helmet in states without a universal helmet law than in states with such laws.
A motorcycle accident can occur within a blink of an eye causing catastrophic injuries, permanent disabilities and on-going medical care. If you have been in an accident, we possess an experienced team of legal professionals ready to assist you through every aspect of your claim. Our attorneys pride themselves in not only fighting zealously for your rights, but also educating you about Pennsylvania law. That being said, we want to take a moment and provide you with information about Pennsylvania’s motorcycle laws.
Compensation for Accidents
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, you are entitled to compensation for damages including lost income, lost earning capacity, existing and future medical expenses, rehabilitation and therapy, disfigurement, physical/mental impairment, pain and suffering, and wrongful death.
Pennsylvania law requires motorcyclists to wear protective eye wear. Helmets are optional for those riders over the age of 21 and for those who have been licensed to ride for at least two calendar years or who have completed a motorcycle rider safety course approved by the Department of Transportation. Front headlights must be used upon a highway, even during daylight.
Operating a motorcycle safely in traffic requires special skills and knowledge. When you ride a motorcycle, you should wear proper protective clothing, ride within your limits, obey the law, and “share the road” with other highway users. When riding, make sure you know how to control the direction, speed or balance of your motorcycle. This can best be achieved by completing a formal instruction course. Additionally, one of the best ways to prevent an accident is by keeping a safe distance from other motorists. Keeping a “cushion of space” around your motorcycle offers you time to react and space to maneuver.
Lastly, it is important to be familiar with your motorcycle’s operation and controls, including the clutch, throttle, brakes, and horn. At a minimum, your motorcycle should have headlights, taillights, brake lights, front and rear brakes, turn signals, a horn and two mirrors. Riding a motorcycle can be safe and fun when you act as a responsible rider.
Contact a Motorcycle Accident Attorney in Pennsylvania
Riding a motorcycle in Pennsylvania can be a wonderful experience. Unfortunately though, even the safest riders can still find themselves in an accident. If you have been in a wreck, please contact the motorcycle accident attorneys at Solnick & Associates. Our exceptional level of experience and personal care can make a difference in the outcome of your case.