Philadelphia Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
At Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP, we have recovered millions on behalf of motorcycle and car accident victims. We will pursue the maximum compensation from an at-fault driver.
A motorcycle crash can be a life-altering event for victims. Common injuries range from bone fractures to spinal cord injuries. A severe accident might cost the motorcyclist thousands of dollars in vehicle repairs, medical bills, lost wages and significant physical and emotional disabilities.
If you or a loved one has sustained severe injuries in a motorcycle accident, request a free consultation with a Philadelphia motorcycle accident lawyer. Contact our law office through our online contact form or call us at (267) 507-9051.
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Why choose Meirowitz & Wasserberg personal injury attorneys to represent you?
- We have a proven track record of success. We have successfully represented many victims of motorcycle accidents and have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients.
- We understand the unique challenges that motorcycle accident victims face. We know how to navigate the complex legal system and fight for the justice and compensation that our clients deserve.
- We have the resources and experience to take on the big insurance companies. We will not back down from a fight, and we will do everything we can to get you the maximum compensation possible.
- Our law firm accepts personal injury claims on a contingency basis, which means there are no costs for you if we do not win your case.
What can a personal injury lawyer do for you?
If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident, don’t try to deal with the insurance company on your own.
With an experienced Philadelphia personal injury attorney as your legal representation, you have a much better chance of getting the fair compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering. For example, we will:
- Thoroughly investigate your claim and gather evidence to support your case
- Handle all the paperwork and legal filing deadlines
- Calculate the full value of your damages, including both economic and non-economic losses
- Negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf
- Take your case to trial if necessary
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Philadelphia
Compared with other motorists, motorcycle riders are particularly vulnerable to severe injuries in traffic accidents due to other motor vehicles’ overwhelming weight and size advantage. A car or truck driver’s negligence can easily lead to catastrophic injuries for motorcycle accident victims.
To receive financial compensation in Pennsylvania, it’s critically important to correctly identify the cause of the accident to ensure that the at-fault party pays their fair share for your injuries, property damage and other losses.
Below are some of the most common causes of motorcycle crashes.
Negligent drivers who are speeding, texting, drunk driving, distracted or not following traffic laws can cause serious accidents.
Poor road conditions such as potholes, cracked pavement, road debris or loose gravel can cause a vehicle accident. Philadelphia’s roadways are often in disrepair, so the city of Philadelphia might be liable for your injuries and losses.
Defective motorcycle parts, including brake failure, tire blowout or handlebar defect, can mean the bike manufacturer is liable for your injuries.
Our Philadelphia motorcycle accident attorneys are skilled at investigating the causes of motorcycle accidents and will help hold the negligent party responsible.
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
With little to no protection, riders are often thrown from their bikes onto the pavement, causing thousands of personal injuries and motorcyclist fatalities. The statistics are sobering:
According to Pennsylvania Department of Transportation data, in 2020, there were 3,503 motorcycle crashes, 3,227 motorcyclist injuries and 217 motorcyclist fatalities in the state.
According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Administration, motorcyclists were about 28 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to die in a motor vehicle crash and four times more likely to be injured.
Common serious injuries suffered by motorcycle crash victims include:
- Contusions or severe bruising
- Broken bones
- Lacerations and deep cuts
- Internal organ injuries
- Loss of limbs
- Head injuries, including traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Burn injuries and road rash
Motorcycle Accident Compensation in Pennsylvania
Whether you suffered a catastrophic spinal cord injury or a less severe injury such as road rash, you will likely have many questions about the worth of your claim and the types of compensation you may be eligible to receive.
The best way to receive tailored legal advice specific to your case is to schedule a free consultation with one of our Philadelphia motorcycle accident lawyers at Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP.
What is my case worth?
Many factors influence the amount of financial compensation you might be eligible to receive. Factors include the severity of your injuries, types of property damage and other losses, how long it will take you to recover and whether you will suffer any long-term effects.
Our Philadelphia motorcycle accident lawyers have recovered millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for our clients. Some of the types of compensation our clients have received include:
Medical expenses: You may be able to recover past, present and future medical costs related to your accident, including emergency treatment, hospitalization, surgery, medication, medical devices and rehabilitative therapy.
Lost wages and lost earning capacity: If your injuries have prevented you from working or caused you to miss time from work, you may be able to recover current and future lost wages.
Pain and suffering: You may be able to recover damages for the physical pain and emotional suffering you have endured because of your injuries.
Punitive damages: In some motorcycle accident cases, the court may award punitive damages to punish the negligent party for careless or reckless actions.
Wrongful death benefits: If you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle crash, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim to recover damages such as funeral and burial expenses, loss of financial support and loss of companionship.
What should I do after a motorcycle accident in Philadelphia?
Following a motorcycle accident in Philadelphia, the actions you take or do not take might significantly impact your claim. To give yourself the best chance of recovering the highest possible compensation, it is essential to:
Get medical attention: Even if you don’t think you have an injury, it is crucial to get a medical evaluation as soon as possible after the accident. Some injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries, might not present symptoms until days or weeks after the accident.
Save evidence: Gather as much evidence from the accident scene as possible, including photos of the damage to your motorcycle, the other driver’s car and the accident scene, as well as any visible injuries you suffered.
Talk to an attorney: The other driver’s insurance company might try to contact you and ask you to provide a recorded statement. Talk to an attorney for legal advice first, and avoid saying anything that could jeopardize your claim.
Frequently Asked Questions About Philadelphia Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
What is the statute of limitations for motor vehicle accident claims in Pennsylvania?
If you decide to file a personal injury claim for a motorcycle or auto accident, you must do so before Pennsylvania law’s two-year statute of limitations expires. To be eligible for compensatory damages, you’ll have to file your claim within two years of your accident date.
Are motorcyclists required to wear a helmet in Pennsylvania?
Pennsylvania state motorcycle law requires all bikers under age 21 to wear protective headgear. Those over 21 who do not have two years of riding experience or have not completed a motorcycle safety course approved by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation or PennDOT must also wear protective headgear.
Is lane splitting legal in Pennsylvania?
Under Pennsylvania law, lane splitting by motorcycles is illegal in most circumstances, including:
- Riding in a way that would “deprive any motorcycle of the full use of a lane.”
- Passing a motorist in the same lane occupied by another vehicle.
- Operating a motorcycle “between lanes of traffic or between adjacent lines or rows of vehicles.”
Do I need a Philadelphia motorcycle accident lawyer if I was in an accident?
If you want to maximize your chances of receiving compensation for your injuries after a motorcycle crash, you should contact a Philadelphia motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible.
The sooner you call the Philadelphia motorcycle accident lawyers at Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP, the sooner we can begin investigating your claim and gathering evidence to support your case.
Schedule a free consultation with a Philadelphia motorcycle accident lawyer today through our online contact form, or call the law offices of Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP at (267) 507-9051.
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