Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
It’s so important to get in touch with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible if you or someone close to you has been involved in a motorcycle accident. Especially if it was another driver at fault. One of our attorneys will help you prove your case, gather evidence, deal with insurance companies and get the compensation you deserve for any medical bills or property damage.
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COMMON MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT INJURIES
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.
The consequences of a motorcycle wreck can last for a lifetime. These are just some of the injuries that we’ve seen and represented:
- Head injuries: Even when a rider wears a helmet, there’s no guarantee they will be completely protected from a traumatic head injury in the event of an accident. Concussions and even brain damage are common and may be permanently debilitating.
- Muscle damage: Since a rider’s body is completely exposed, any sort of accident can lead to long-term muscle damage. It’s important to wear protective gear when on your bike to lower your risks.
- Bone fractures: Any time a motorcycle hits an object, it will likely stop immediately while the rider will keep moving, often hurtling through the air and striking the pavement, a tree or something else. Thousands of riders suffer broken arms, legs, wrists and ankles in accidents, and these injuries often result in the need for extensive treatment. Recovery from these kinds of bone fractures can take months, and people sometimes suffer long-term disabilities because their bodies are unable to heal properly.
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.
PENNSYLVANIA MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT STATISTICS
Pennsylvania does not require motorcycle owners to purchase personal injury protection coverage. That is why an aggressive lawyer can be key to recovering these costs.
Nearly 3,300 motorcycle accidents are reported in Pennsylvania yearly, resulting in more than 2,900 injuries. Tragically, there are upwards of 186 motorcycle fatalities each year.
Motorcycles simply don’t have as many safety features as automobiles, and as a result riders are much more susceptible to suffering serious injuries as well as being killed. The odds of being in an accident involving a motorcycle are increasing every year — there were more than 390,000 registered motorcyclists in Pennsylvania in last year.
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.
THE ROLE OF A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT ATTORNEY
In far too many instances, people suffering from motorcycle injuries are almost immediately subjected to harassment from insurance companies. Carriers will routinely assign professional adjusters to the case, and they sometimes resort to questionable tactics in order to intimidate an accident victim. The goal of this harassment is to get the victim to either accept a low-ball settlement offer or drop the case entirely.
Given the complex legalities of filing an insurance claim or launching a personal injury lawsuit, retaining the services of a personal injury lawyer is often the best way to get the accident compensation you deserve. At McCarthy Weisberg Cummings, P.C., our goal is to make the process as stress-free as possible and provide justice in the form of proper compensation.
When you speak with our team of experienced lawyers, we’ll undertake a thorough review of your case and give you an honest assessment of your options. Our partners have over 40 years of combined experience with personal injury law in Pennsylvania, and are passionate about helping our clients. From our office in Harrisburg, we can 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 or give us a call to speak with an attorney.