Motorcyclists are some of the most vulnerable travelers on the road because often, drivers of trucks and cars do not look out for motorcyclists on the road. That is why it is no surprise that the total number of motorcycle crashes in Pennsylvania rose in 2016, as did the number of fatal injuries resulting from motorcycle crashes.
Because motorcyclists are much less protected then other drivers on the road, the injuries they sustain in accidents are often quite severe. If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, along with the mounting medical bills associated with your injury, you face a public that is often prejudice to motorcyclists compared to other drivers on the road. The personal injury lawyers at GSGB understand what you are up against and have spent over 40 years ensuring individuals injured in motorcycle crashes are compensated for their injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, find out your rights by calling a personal injury lawyer at GSGB today for a free and confidential consultation.
The first step in a motorcycle crash claim is to gather as much evidence as you can from the scene. Ideally, if you are involved in a motorcycle crash, it is best to take as many photos as you can at the scene. But, with injuries often being very severe, this is not always possible. The personal injury attorneys at GSGB will get to work right away to investigate the circumstances surrounding your accident, including conducting scene analysis, reviewing any police reports, and contacting witnesses.
If you are injured in a motorcycle crash that was someone else’s fault, you are entitled to recover damages. Damages are separated into economic damages, which include the medical bills you already owe as well as any future medical bills you will owe due to treatment of your injuries. Your wage loss is also included in your economic damages. This includes the money that you have lost if you have had to miss work, as well as the money that you are likely to lose in the future if you have had to leave your job because you cannot perform it due to your injuries. In addition to your economic damages are your non-economic damages. Your non-economic damages include the way the injuries from the motorcycle crash have affected your daily life, which includes the pain you are in and the loss of the pleasures of life that you used to enjoy. They also include your scarring and disfigurement, and your embarrassment and humiliation. Often, individuals injured in a motorcycle crash are afraid to get back on their bike due to the stress and anxiety the accident has caused. For many, riding a motorcycle is not just a means of transportation, but one of their lives’ great pleasures. So if an injured person cannot get back on their bike due to the anxiety and fear the motorcycle crash has caused, that is a recoverable damage as well.
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, 3,321 people were injured in motorcycle accidents in 2016, with 192 fatalities. There are many catastrophic injuries that you can sustain in a motorcycle accident, and in our forty years, the personal injury lawyers at GSGB have seen many of them. Injuries resulting from motorcycle crashes can include:
In short, not wearing a helmet in a motorcycle crash does not bar you from bringing a lawsuit for your injuries. However, the statistics have shown that helmets save lives and keep motorcyclists much safer than they would be riding without one. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that helmets are 37% more effective in preventing motorcycle deaths than not wearing a helmet. However, in Pennsylvania, the law states that riders who are over 21 years of age and have either two years of riding experience or have completed an approved motorcycle safety course do not have to wear one. Though it is strongly recommended that motorcyclists wear a helmet for their safety, if you were not wearing a helmet and you were injured in a motorcycle crash, do not assume you do not have a case. In fact, if the motorcycle crash was the other motorist’s fault, you very well may have a case.
Disclaimer: This website is for informational purposes only. It is not legal advice and nothing on this site should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. GSGB has offices in Philadelphia, Wayne and Voorhees and serves clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.