If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation to help you cover expenses related to pain and suffering or medical bills.
If you ride a motorcycle, you might not consider the impact an accident can have on your life. Even a small accident can lead to months of recuperation or physical therapy.
What Happens When You Crash?
Motorcycle accidents are likely to be fatal, especially if they involve a collision with another vehicle. When you crash a motorcycle, the items you’re wearing, as well as the location, can have a major impact on what happens to you. Wearing the correct gear can help protect your body from scrapes, cuts, bruising, and more from impact, but only if you wear it. Wearing a helmet is incredibly important to staying safe. But, even if you do all of these things, you might still be injured or even killed in an accident.
Some injuries you may suffer include:
- Road rash
- Spinal cord injuries
- Fractures or broken bones
- A concussion or brain damage
Stay smart when you drive; if you’re tired, cold, too hot, or hungry, take a break. You need to be concentrating on the road, not on distractions. If all these things are done and you drive safely, your chances of injury will drastically reduce. But, crashes do happen.
When a motorcycle is involved in an accident, you may be thrown, shoved against walls or pavement, dragged, or injured in other ways. This can break bones, tear ligaments and muscle, give concussions, or be the cause of a fatal motorcycle accident. If you see the crash happening, you might tense up. This can make injuries even more severe than if you’re relaxed when it happens. Either way, the impact from another vehicle can be very serious, and you should know a few things that you’ll need to do at the scene, provided that you are aware after the accident.
If you’ve been involved in an accident, call us today. We can help you understand your legal rights and if you’re able to receive compensation for your injuries or pain and suffering.
What Do I Do in a Crash Situation?
First, call the police. It’s important to get the situation documented soon after it occurs. If you’re injured or the other party is injured, you’ll also be able to request medical attention at this time. Despite the emotions involved in a vehicular accident, the health and safety of everyone there is the most important thing to be concerned about at the time.
After this is taken care of, make sure you identify the witnesses who can tell the police what happened. If anyone admits fault, it should be documented by police at the time of the crash. If you have injuries, be sure to have a hospital or doctor document them as well. Make sure someone is able to stand up for you at the scene if you’re unable to remain there.
Finally, call us. We can help you work out your legal rights and whether you’re entitled to compensation.
Why Do Motorcycle Accidents Happen?
Most accidents are caused by drivers who are negligent, although some may be caused by motorcyclists. Like any vehicular accident, a motorcycle accident can happen for many reasons. You might be too tired and swerve into traffic; a driver may lose control based on a mechanical accident or distractions. However, many accidents happen because the driver simply doesn’t see the motorcyclist coming until it was too late to stop. A motorcyclist can help protect himself by wearing brightly-colored gear, but this isn’t always 100-percent foolproof. According to a study, motorcycle accidents occur most often when you’re trying to pass in a blind spot or in the 10, 11, 12, 1, or 2 o’ clock area surrounding a vehicle. These are the most difficult areas for a driver to see you.
If you’re involved in a motorcycle accident, stay calm. Once you’re taken care of by a medical team and police, contact us so we can help. We can help you determine your legal right to compensation in any kind of motorcycle accident, whether it is a small impact or one that has left you severely injured. Families of those who have suffered from a wrongful death may also have legal rights to compensation.
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Motorcycle Crash FAQs
What should I do if I was injured in an accident that was caused by a hazardous roadway?
There are times when accidents are not caused by negligent drivers. In some cases, the roadways that you are driving on could be hazardous. If you suffered injury in an accident that was caused by a hazardous or dangerous road, you may be able to recover damages.
All roads, no matter where they are in Pennsylvania, are required to be maintained to a certain level of safety. For example, if you were injured in a motorcycle accident that was caused by a hidden pothole in the road, you could file a claim against the party or parties that are responsible for that part of the road.
What if my motorcycle accident was caused by a defective part?
Another way that motorcycle accidents occur is when a defective part of the vehicle malfunctions. Some motorcycles are sold with low quality parts or parts that have been built or inspected by an employee that was not properly trained. If you want to find out if you have a valid defective product claim, you should contact an attorney who is skilled in pursuing defective product claims. Your attorney can investigate the facts of your motorcycle accident and hold either the manufacturer or the designer responsible for the damages and injuries that you sustained.
If my injuries are not serious, do I need a motorcycle accident lawyer?
Because injuries often remain undetected for weeks or even months after a motorcycle accident, it is always a good idea to call a motorcycle accident lawyer anytime an accident occurs. Before you call an attorney, though, be sure to seek medical attention from a trusted physician. Your physician should evaluate your physical state and provide you with appropriate advice and guidance pertaining to your recovery. He or she can also consult with you about any possible future treatments and complications. After you have been to your physician, you can contact a motorcycle accident attorney who can advise you about your legal options.
What can I do if I lost a loved one in a fatal motorcycle accident?
If you lost a loved one in a fatal motorcycle accident, you should contact an attorney who handles wrongful death lawsuits. Wrongful death lawsuits can be difficult because one’s emotions are running high. But, when the lawsuit is over, you could potentially collect all of the expenses related to your loved one’s death, including funeral expenses and burial costs, all of the medical bills that resulted from the motorcycle accident, and even compensation for emotional damage and lost wages.
If you have been injured or you lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident in Pennsylvania, our Pennsylvania motorcycle attorneys can help you pursue the compensation that you are entitled to. Give us call today at (215) 481-9979 today so we can discuss the details of your case.
Is lane splitting illegal in Pennsylvania?
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident and the cause of the accident was lane splitting, you might wonder if lane splitting is even legal in Pennsylvania. For those who are not aware of what lane splitting is, it might be more fitting to call it lane sharing. Lane splitting is when a motorcyclist rides in the same lane as another car. Typically, this happens when a motorcyclist is trying to pass a passenger car or when vehicles are stopped in a construction zone or at a red light and the motorcyclist continues to ride by, maneuvering between the paused vehicles.
Lane splitting is illegal in every single state of the United States, with the exception of California. It is illegal because is it extremely dangerous. If an accident occurs due to a motorcyclist that made the decision to lane split, he or she will most likely be found at fault for the accident. Of course, there are so many factors at play in any accident, so the fault will depend on the combination of all of them. If lane splitting is the only contributing factor of an accident, then the motorcyclist will certainly be found to be at fault.