Motorcycle accidents are frequently more expensive and more dangerous than other types of collisions. It’s not uncommon for the victim of a serious motorcycle accident to face a long recovery and the potential for permanent disability. Because of this, it is especially important that you and your insurance company reach a settlement that will allow you to recover safely and comfortably. Even in a minor accident, medical bills can easily reach into the tens of thousands of dollars.
Pennsylvania does not require owners to purchase personal injury protection coverage. That is why an aggressive motorcycle injury lawyer can be key to recovering these costs.
More than 4,000 motorcycle accidents were reported in Pennsylvania during 2012. Of these, 210 resulted in the death of either the rider or their passenger. A lack of safety features means crashes tend to have a more serious effect on the motorcycle operator than on the driver of the other vehicle involved — a fact that has increasingly fatal consequences as more and more bikes are being registered in our state.
In addition to the high personal costs, motorcycle accidents have a major economic impact, too. According to research by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fatal motorcycle accidents cost an average of $1.2 million dollars each. Accidents involving serious injury cost upwards of $172,000 when medical expenses and lost productivity are factored in.
If you are uninsured and injured in a motorcycle accident, determining who was at fault is an important part of any attempt to recover compensation for your losses. While many people are quick to blame motorcyclists following an accident, the reality is that the attitudes of those they share the road with have as much to do with the likelihood of a crash.
Drivers frequently neglect motorcyclists’ right of way or underestimate the amount of space they are required to give when passing. In addition, crashes can also be caused by unsafe road conditions, construction and other external factors. A proper investigation is required to determine the specifics of any accident. If you are able to, take a note of what exactly happened while the incident is still fresh in your mind. Photographs, eyewitness accounts, police reports and other documents can also be incredibly useful.
The Role of a Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Given the complex legalities of filing an insurance claim or launching a personal injury lawsuit, retaining the services of a motorcycle injury lawyer is often the best way to get the compensation you need. At McCarthy Weisberg Cummings, P.C., our goal is to make the process as stress-free as possible.
When you speak with our team of experienced motorcycle accident lawyers, we’ll undertake a thorough review of your case and give you an honest assessment of your options for obtaining compensation. Our partners have over 40 years of combined experience with personal injury law in Pennsylvania. From our office in Harrisburg, we are able to provide representation to clients throughout the capital area and across the state.
Your initial consultation with our team is always free, and we frequently take on personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. Contact our office and schedule a time to speak with one of our motorcycle injury lawyers today.