Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Philadelphia Pennsylvania
There are many types of motor vehicle accidents, but none are so devastating as motorcycle accidents. This is especially true if the operator of the cycle was not wearing a helmet. Because motorcycles can be driven at high speeds and afford their riders minimal protection, riders suffer injuries in a staggering 98% of motorcycle accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics show that a motorcycle rider is 8 times more likely to be injured and 37 times more likely to die in a motorcycle accident than the driver or a passenger of a car in a car accident. In 2011, there were more than 3,600 crashes involving motorcycles in Pennsylvania and 199 of the people involved in those crashes died.
It is very common for victims of serious bike accidents to sustain severe head injuries, brain injuries, neck injuries, spinal cord injuries, and burn injuries. These types of injuries are labeled catastrophic because they are physically debilitating and life threatening. Catastrophic injuries demand lifelong medical care and treatment. Unfortunately, most people who survive serious motorcycle accidents never regain their normal quality of life.
When drivers fail to exercise caution or do not follow traffic laws, and bike riders are injured, the negligent driver can be held liable. After a person has been injured in an accident, he/she is legally entitled to seek compensation from the negligent driver. A crash victim may seek monetary damages for his/her: medical expenses, injuries, lost wages, lost future income, physical and mental impairment, property damage, and pain and suffering.
In order to recover compensation for injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident, the law of negligence requires you to prove that the crash was the fault of another driver or entity. A thorough investigation of a bike collision is usually complicated, requiring the services of a capable Pennsylvania motorcycle accident lawyer and a team of experts and investigators to establish driver fault or find an alternative cause for the crash, such as a dangerous condition on the road or a defect in a bike.
Who are the responsible parties in a lawsuit?
Several parties may be found liable for the motorcycle accident.
The Driver and His/Her Employer - If an accident was caused by a driver who was performing his work duties at the time of the accident, such as a truck driver delivering goods, an employee driving a company truck (e.g., FedEx, UPS, Coca-Cola) or a service provider going to a business location, the driver's employer may also be responsible for the accident.
Governmental Agencies- If defective design, maintenance, or construction of public roadways constitutes a dangerous condition, the governmental entity that exercises dominion and control over those roadways may be responsible for your motorcycle accident. Claims against governmental entities, however, have strict filing deadlines, therefore, it is important that you consult a knowledgeable Pennsylvania motorcycle accident lawyer immediately, so as not to miss these deadlines and lose your claim rights.
The Manufacturer of the Motorcycle and Motorcycle Parts – Many accidents happen due to a defective design or manufacture of a motorcycle. The retailers may also be found liable, especially if safety gear (a helmet) was defective.
Dram Shop Liability - In addition, if a crash happens as a result of a drunk driving accident, the restaurant or the bar that had served alcohol to a visibly drunk driver prior to the accident may also be responsible for the motorcycle crash.
Personal Injury Lawyer Pennsylvania
Tragically, many motorcycle accidents end in death. If you lost a loved one, you have a right to recover compensation for medical, funeral expenses and other losses incurred by the family such as a loss of financial and societal contribution the family would have received throughout the expected life span of the decedent had the crash not occurred. A skilled motorcycle crash lawyer can help you file a lawsuit against all the responsible parties and recover full and fair compensation.
Contacting a reputable lawyer soon after a motorcycle accident is imperative. A thorough investigation must be done after the crash, and it is best to start it before evidence and witnesses disappear. In addition, the statute of limitations begins to run on the date of the accident. Therefore, it is imperative that you act as soon as possible to preserve your rights to sue. An experienced Pennsylvania motorcycle crash attorney will not only make sure your claim is competently handled from the beginning, but will help you obtain the proper medical care that you need.
In order to recover compensation for injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident, the law of negligence requires you to prove that the crash was the fault of another driver or entity. This can be achieved by hiring an attorney who will:
- Investigate the accident promptly and thoroughly;
- Hire the right experts;
- Establish the defendants' fault for the collision;
- Obtain photographs of the motorcycle crash scene;
- Obtain the weather report on the date of the accident;
- Obtain the driver's abstract of the driver responsible for the crash;
- Preserve evidence of the motorcycle crash before it is lost;
- Find witnesses to the collision;
- Inspect the bike and safety gear for potential defects;
- Protect you from filing deadlines;
- Sue all responsible parties;
- Recover your medical expenses and lost wages; and
- Maximize your pain and suffering damages for your motorcycle accident injuries.
The Lassen Law Firm, experienced and skilled Pennsylvania personal injury lawyers, have handled thousands of accident cases and have particular experience in handling injury claims arising from motorcycle crashes. The Lassen Law Firm has all the necessary resources to properly handle your claim from the very beginning and to help you obtain the highest recovery possible. For a legal consultation on a motorcycle accident case, please call the Lassen Law Firm now.
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Authored by: Christian Lassen