While the transition from winter to spring weather can be a welcome one in the northeast, with it often comes a less-than-desirable effect on our roadways—potholes. Both Philadelphia and New Jersey are notorious for potholes. Potholes sometimes cannot be avoided and may even form on well-maintained streets. Winter weather brings moisture that seeps into small cracks in the pavement. The moisture freezes in low temperatures and expands, causing the roadway to crack and break apart.
When the temperature increases with spring, the pavement often crumbles as a result of multiple cracks. The result is what we call “potholes.” Potholes form directly in the path where traffic is heaviest. That means potholes are often much worse in heavily-trafficked areas such as Philadelphia or Norristown, as the stress from the constant weight of traffic and heavy commercial vehicles can break away more and more pavement around the edges of the potholes. Often street maintenance crews in large cities like Philadelphia cannot keep up with the number of potholes forming, and some may persist for a long period of time, presenting hazards for all vehicles on the road.
Potholes are dangerous and may cause accidents. In some cases, a driver may unexpectedly hit a pothole and sustain serious damage to their vehicle, such as undercarriage, axle, or tire damage. In other situations, hitting a pothole can cause a driver to lose control of their vehicle and crash into another car. A driver may also suddenly slam on the brakes or swerve to avoid a large pothole, causing a collision.
Potholes accidents have the potential to cause serious traumatic injuries to vehicle occupants, in addition to vehicle damage. Pothole accident cases can also be complicated, especially if they involve claims against a governmental entity responsible for maintaining the roads. It may also be difficult to prove that a pothole caused a collision. For these reasons, anyone who has been injured in an accident that may have resulted from a dangerous pothole needs the right attorney on their side as soon as possible.
Potholes can cause accidents involving any type of vehicle. Even pedestrians can trip and fall due to a pothole. However, potholes can be particularly dangerous for people riding motorcycles or bicycles. These two-wheeled vehicles can react in extremely dangerous ways if an operator suddenly hits a pothole.
First, if a motorcyclist or bicyclist tries to avoid a pothole by swerving around it, they can easily lose their balance due to the sudden movement, and may lose control and crash. If they actually hit the pothole, the front tire may drop into the pothole and stop. The momentum of the vehicle can then cause the motorcycle or bicycle to tip forward, often throwing the rider forward off the vehicle. In such accidents, riders often hit the pavement face-first. Even with a helmet, this type of crash can result in severe injuries, including:
Many of these injuries leave a motorcyclist or bicyclist scarred, disfigured, or disabled for the rest of their lives. Those who are lucky enough to survive may have extreme costs and losses due to serious injuries—which could have been prevented simply by repairing a pothole.
If a city or state failed to repair a pothole in a timely manner and you suffered injuries as a result, you may be able to hold the municipality responsible for all of your losses. Unfortunately, pothole cases are rarely that straightforward and municipalities will fight liability for property damage and injury costs whenever they can. To make matters worse, they often have government immunity on their side, which can limit a government agency’s liability for certain types of accidents.
Even if you do have the ability to file an insurance claim against the government, the requirements are different from regular personal injury actions. For example, time limits are generally much shorter and you must include specific information for your claim to be considered. For this reason, it is essential that you have an attorney on your side who understands how sovereign immunity laws work and how to pursue a claim on your behalf when applicable.
If a claim against the government is not possible after a pothole accident, you may have to turn to your own insurance to cover your losses. Just because you pay premiums each month does not mean that your insurance company will simply cut you a check, however. Instead, such insurance claims often require a significant amount of negotiating before you receive fair compensation for your vehicle damage and all of your injury-related losses. Having a knowledgeable lawyer represent you when filing a claim with an insurance company can help maximize your recovery.
Whether you were injured in a car accident, bicycle accident, motorcycle accident, or any other type of vehicle accident, you should not hesitate to call The Levin Firm to discuss your rights. We can assist you throughout the entire insurance process to help ensure you recover proper compensation for your pothole-related accident and injuries. We can also determine whether a municipality was negligent in failing to repair a pothole or another road hazard. Our team has the skill and experience to take on governmental entities when necessary. However, cases against government agencies have very strict time limits and any delay can threaten your ability to seek compensation. Please call 215-825-5183 or contact us online so we can get started evaluating your case as soon as possible.
Motorcycle accidents are among the deadliest on our roads. As such, it’s imperative that you make safety your top concern every time you ride. Choosing a bike that’s not only right for you but that’s also safer for you is a great place to start.
Before choosing your ride, carefully consider the dangers inherent to motorcycles. The shares the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) motorcycle accident statistics based on overall miles traveled in 2015:
In addition to not wearing a helmet, factors that significantly increased the odds of being injured in a bike accident include being 60 or older, speeding, and riding while impaired. Riders should always remain alert and drive defensively. Be aware that many drivers simply do not see motorcycles.
If a driver who was not paying attention to motorcycles on the road caused an accident that left you injured, you need skilled legal counsel. These claims can be complicated and the process can seem overwhelming, especially when you are injured. The dedicated legal team at The Levin Firm in Philadelphia has the determination, skill, and experience handling motorcycle accident claims to help you recover fair compensation for your injuries after an accident.
If you’re new to riding or haven’t been on a bike in a while, you may be surprised to experience the power that new models—even those with smaller engines—can pack. The bikes of today are decidedly faster and more powerful than bikes of yesteryear. When it comes to choosing a bike that’s right for you, make sure that you’re not purchasing more bike than you can safely handle.
Fit is an important factor when choosing a motorcycle. When you’re seated atop a bike that’s a good fit, both your feet should rest comfortably flat on the ground. If you’re on your tiptoes, the bike’s too big. The handlebars and controls should be comfortably within your reach. Test drive and get a good feel for how the bikes you’re considering handle, and choose one that you can easily mount and dismount from the center stand. A good point to remember is that a bike that feels too heavy probably is too heavy.
Engine size also matters. A smaller 250-cc to 300-cc engine can be a great place to start. These bikes are convenient for commuters and easier—and thus safer—to handle. If you’re looking to rack up a lot of highway miles, however, you may want to consider a bike with an engine in the 500-cc to 750-cc range that allows you to safely keep up with highway traffic.
Antilock brakes are available on many motorcycle models and are proven to save lives. The reports that the fatality rate for motorcycles that are equipped with optional antilock brakes is 31 percent lower than for the same motorcycle models that aren’t equipped with the option. The Institute explains that braking a motorcycle is more complex than braking a car. On a motorcycle, braking too hard can cause your bike’s wheels to lock up and send you into to skid. Braking inadequately is likewise obviously dangerous.
An antilock braking system allows you to apply full pressure to the brakes without risking a lockup. This safety mechanism automatically decreases pressure when a lockup is imminent and reapplies the pressure when traction is restored and it’s safe to do so.
The Institute also reports that some types of motorcycles are simply more dangerous than others. So-called supersport bikes are associated with a fatality rate that’s four times that of standard motorcycles and cruisers. Supersport motorcycles mimic racing bikes, with lightweight engines and amped-up horsepower. Remember those features may make a bike more dangerous when you choose a bike that’s right for you. Stick to a model that’s built for fun and safety—not just for speed.
Getting the training that you need to operate your bike safely is perhaps even more important than choosing the right bike. , which is sponsored by motorcycle manufacturers and distributors, partners with NHTSA, state governments, and other organizations to help improve motorcycle safety through training, education, and licensing. The emphasis of this training is riding within your skill limitations; wearing appropriate safety gear; and riding sober. While these courses focus on safety basics, they can also help you learn advanced techniques, such as how to perform emergency evasion maneuvers.
Finally, never ride without a helmet. Helmets save lives and reduce the incidence of brain injuries. Choose a helmet that provides full protection. Consumer Reports relays that full-faced helmets approved by the Department of Transportation are the safest option.
Motorcycle accidents are extremely dangerous and often cause serious injuries. Always be on the lookout for distracted drivers and drivers who just don’t see motorcycles. If another driver’s negligence causes a motorcycle accident and you are injured, make sure you get the right legal team on your side. At in Philadelphia, we are dedicated to helping people who have been injured in accidents recover. Our lawyers have over 50 years of combined experience working to help Philadelphia accident victims. We have the skill, knowledge, and commitment to fight for your rights and fair compensation. We’re here to help, so please or call us at 215-825-5183 today.
Traditional drivers of motor vehicles are protected by two tons of steel, seat belts, airbags, and a motor vehicle tested and designed to absorb the force of an impact. It’s not difficult to understand, therefore, why a motorcyclist would be at a greater risk of injury after an accident when compared to the driver of a car. In fact, the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration reports that nearly 80% of all motorcycle accidents result in personal injuries or even prove fatal to the rider, while only 30% of accidents result in injuries to car and truck drivers. However, just because a rider is more prone to injury after an accident does not explain why riders are at a higher risk of getting into an accident in the first place. There are a variety of factors that contribute to the increased risk of motorcycle accidents in Philadelphia, and despite the fact that lack of proper motorcycle training is a factor, the accident is not always the fault of the rider.
The Pennsylvania Motorcycle Handbook reports that a leading cause of motorcycle accidents and death in PA is alcohol. Other than alcohol and drug-related factors, however, one of the leading causes of motorcycle accidents is curving roads and sharp turns. If a curve is taken too quickly on a motorcycle, because your center of gravity is lower to the ground and the bike is lighter, it is easy to lose your balance and traction and spin out of control. This is especially likely if the ground is slick because there is less friction. This is not the case for traditional motor vehicles, which are substantially heavier than motorcycles and can take certain turns without fear of spinning out. Motor vehicles also have four tires that provide stability and traction, which is typically not the case for a bike. For these reasons, it is especially important to know your bike, including the pressure needed to be applied to your front and rear brakes, the center of gravity of the bike, how smooth your clutch and throttle are, the traction on your tires, and the hydraulic fluid levels for shock impact. Safety experts also recommend making sure that riders begin with a bike and engine that is right for their skill level. Riding the wrong bike or a bike you are not accustomed to or that is too big for you is also another leading cause of motorcycle accidents.
Unlike motor vehicle laws that tend to be universal thought the states, different states have different types of motorcycle laws. For example, in some states riders can ride between lanes of traffic if it is safe to do so. It should be noted that Pennsylvania law grants motorcyclists the same right to use public roads and highways as drivers of traditional motor vehicles, but riders may not overtake and pass a vehicle when it is in the same lane occupied by that vehicle and they may not operate between lanes of traffic. Although these behaviors are permitted in some states and are especially tempting in high traffic conditions, they are illegal and dangerous to both riders and drivers in Philadelphia.
Another reason why motorcyclists have a high risk of accident is because of the dangerous maintenance woes of certain motorcycles. The following are among some of the most common maintenance concerns when it comes to riding, which can lead to motorcycle accidents:
While not all maintenance failures are the fault of the rider, it is important to do your best to maintain your bike in order to reduce your risk of a maintenance-related accident.
While in Pennsylvania, wearing a motorcycle helmet is optional for those over the age of 21 who have met certain qualifications, using the right gear can help prevent not only traumatic brain injuries but minor injuries and burns as well. The following gear is recommended for all those riding a motorcycle and in all weather conditions:
Overall, you are taking a risk when you choose a motorcycle over a traditional motor vehicle, as you are trading maneuverability for exposure; however, there are steps you can take to help keep you safe on the road and prevent personal injuries. Taking extra precautions, such as signing up for optional extra rider safety courses and knowing what you can and can’t handle in a bike, can help you enjoy riding even more and avoid liability for a motorcycle accident.
If you have a question about liability or the cause of a motorcycle accident, it is important to contact a personal injury and motorcycle attorney in your area who understands Pennsylvania motorcycle law and regulations. Further, if you have been injured in a motorcycle accident because another driver did not “share the road,” remember that you have rights as a rider, and the The Levin Firm can help fight for those rights. We are your premier motorcycle lawyers in the greater Philadelphia area, so please call today at 215-825-5183 for a free, no-risk consultation.
According to statistics published by the Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles, about 858,000 licensed motorcyclists and 400,000 registered motorcycles call this state home. Given the large number of motorcyclists in Pennsylvania, both drivers and cyclists must work to reduce the number of motorcycle accidents, which can result in serious and permanent injuries or even death.
Pennsylvania law does not require all motorcyclists to wear helmets. A motorcyclist or passenger “must wear protective headgear unless he or she is over 21 years of age or older and has either two years of riding experience or has completed a motorcycle safety course approved by PennDOT or the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.” Motorcyclists who meet both requirements can zoom around Philadelphia without wearing protective headgear.
Wearing helmets is intuitively safer. Helmets are designed to meet specific safety standards and they protect users from serious head injuries in the event of accidents. Serious head injuries, which can include concussions, fractures, and traumatic brain injuries, can result in victims suffering permanent complications and impairments.
Statistics published by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation show that, in 2016, 94 persons who were not wearing helmets died in motorcycle accidents. The same report also shows that 1,245 motorcyclists who were not wearing helmets suffered accident-related injuries.
While helmets may keep riders safer, protecting them from permanent injuries or death, the law doesn’t require everyone to wear one. Therefore, the law may entitle motorcyclists to compensation for damages suffered in accidents—even when they didn’t wear helmets.
While not all motorcycle accidents result in death, many do cause serious, life-threatening, and even permanent injuries, including:
The number of motorcycles on Philadelphia’s roadways does increase the likelihood of an accident. In 2016, nearly 3,500 accidents involved a motorcycle. As more motorcycles make it onto the streets, that number may continue increasing.
Motorcycles are sometimes referred to, in jest, as “death traps.” In accidents, motorcyclists are more likely to suffer injuries than other motorists. Motorcyclists do not have any protective enclosures like drivers and passengers in the bodies of automobiles.
Accidents can cause motorcyclists to strike the road or other objects, and they may do so at high speeds. The impacts can, and often do, cause serious traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, or broken bones.
A motorcyclist takes a risk to ride a motorcycle, but does not give up the right to recover compensation in the event of an accident. A skilled attorney can help motorcyclists navigate the legal process.
Society unfairly stigmatizes motorcyclists as wild and irresponsible. Instead, most motorcyclists drive quite responsibly, and other parties tend to cause many of the accidents involving motorcycles. Common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
Cars making left turns in front of motorcycles. Often, drivers fail to look carefully before making left turns. Failure to observe carefully can cause a driver to miss an oncoming motorcycle or misjudge its speed. As a result, drivers may collide with a motorcycle or force the motorcyclist to evade the turning car, causing the motorcyclist to strike another car or fixed object.
A car changing lanes into the motorcycle. Motorcycles are smaller than cars, so they are harder to see—an especially serious problem when cars change lanes.
This does, however, not excuse a driver’s inattentiveness. Drivers should always take care to see any motorcycles before switching lanes.
Rear-end collisions. Inattentive drivers can overtake motorcycles stopped at intersections or stoplights.
Pennsylvania does what it can to improve motorcycle safety. One of the state’s efforts includes providing free motorcycle safety programs, available to riders of all experience levels throughout Pennsylvania. The state believes that it can reduce the number of motorcycle accidents through safety education.
Motorcyclists can recover compensation for the following expenses and other costs associated with motorcycle accidents:
As the victim of a motorcycle accident, you deserve to recover compensation for your injuries and accident-related expenses. After you recover from your injuries, seek experienced legal counsel to help recover compensation. The skilled motorcycle accident attorneys at The Levin Firm have experience handling these cases. We will review your case and create and implement a legal strategy designed to help you obtain the compensation to which Pennsylvania law entitles you. Schedule your free initial consultation today by calling our offices at (215) 825-5183 or contact us online.
Accidents can oftentimes result in severe and catastrophic injuries to motorcycle operators and their passengers. Motorcycle accidents are typically caused by a motor vehicle driver’s negligence, defective or poor road conditions, and other hazards that routinely present themselves on Pennsylvania roadways, including potholes.
If someone else’s negligence—including a defective road condition—caused your motorcycle accident injuries, the knowledgeable and experienced motorcycle accident lawyers at The Levin Firm may assist with your case. Our skilled attorneys can meet to discuss the facts and circumstances of your accident case, negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf or, if necessary, litigate your case through the Pennsylvania court system.
While the list of potential motorcycle accident causes is arguably unlimited, common causes of these accidents include:
More than one defendant may face legal liabilities in a motorcycle accident that a roadway hazard or negligent driver caused. First and foremost, motorcycle passengers may sue the motorcycle operator for driving in a negligent manner, such as driving too fast through a construction site or on a roadway filled with potholes. Motorcycle passengers may also sue the driver of another motor vehicle who negligently caused an accident or collision.
In motorcycle accidents involving construction sites and defective road conditions, the injured motorcycle operator or passenger may sue the construction company or responsible government for negligent or defective road repair work or for creating (or failing to properly maintain or correct) a hazardous condition on the roadway. In lawsuits involving governmental entities, such as cities, counties, townships, or municipalities, however, special limitation periods and filing deadlines may apply.
A knowledgeable Philadelphia motorcycle accident lawyer may make claims against all potential defendants and can meet all filing and notice requirements in a timely manner.
In motorcycle accident cases, the injured plaintiff must demonstrate that the defendant—individual, company, or municipality—did something that a reasonable person or entity would not have done, or failed to do something that a reasonable person would have done. The plaintiff must also show that this breach resulted in personal injuries and damages. Philadelphia’s defective and hazardous roadway conditions can result in serious, and sometimes catastrophic, motorcycle injuries. Common personal injuries sustained in Pennsylvania motorcycle accidents include:
In cases where a motorcycle accident results in a motorcycle operator or passenger’s death, the law may entitle an injured plaintiff’s surviving family members to wrongful death benefits. The purpose of wrongful death benefits is to compensate the injured plaintiff’s surviving family members for mental anguish, emotional distress, and psychological or psychiatric harm associated with the untimely death of their loved one.
In other cases, motorcycle accident victims may recover compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, inconvenience, mental anguish, and emotional distress, among other damages.
If you or someone you love was injured in a motorcycle accident that resulted from a hazardous or defective roadway condition, the compassionate motorcycle accident attorneys at The Levin Firm may safeguard your legal rights and help obtain the monetary compensation you need and deserve under Pennsylvania law.
Insurance companies sometimes deny liability altogether in Pennsylvania motorcycle accident cases and refuse to pay any damages. Our experienced attorneys have the necessary skill set to combat the insurance company and obtain full and fair compensation for your injuries. If the insurance company denies liability—or refused to reach a fair settlement—our skilled litigators are not afraid to take your case to trial, if necessary.
To schedule a free consultation and case evaluation with a Philadelphia motorcycle accident attorney, please call us today at (215) 825-5183 or contact us online.
Millions of Americans love motorcycles and the fun and freedom they bring. Of course, motorcycles also come with some safety concerns, too. Helmets are not mandatory for most riders over twenty-one years of age in Pennsylvania, but there are plenty of common sense tips that can help keep you safe on your journeys.
Unfortunately, accidents happen. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2014, 4,586 motorcyclists died in crashes in the U.S. Forty-three percent of those died in single-vehicle crashed that year were alcohol-impaired.
On a more positive note, rider usage rates of Department of Transportation-compliant helmets continue to rise. In 2014, 60% of riders wore such helmets while in 2015, 64% did so.
Here are Some More Simple Suggestions That Could Greatly Reduce Your Chances of Serious Injury or Even Death:
Thankfully, there are many ways to make your riding as safe as possible. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (DOTY) website offers free brochures and safety classes, as well as some great safety tips like these:
If you want to fully enjoy your motorcycle, why not take all of the reasonable precautions you can?
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, contact a Philadelphia attorney who understands motorcycle safety and motorcycle accidents. Contact Gabriel Levin, Esq., today, at The Levin Firm. Call us at (215) 825-5183 so we can learn about your accident, and find out how we can help you.
Unlike normal motorists, motorcyclists do not enjoy the luxury of being protected by an enclosure of steel. This vulnerability leaves them exposed to things like weather and virtually anything else that may come into contact with the rider.
Although it is not advised to do so, many motorcyclists tend to squeeze their way through rather narrow gaps in attempts to avoid traffic. Sometimes this type of maneuvering can result in a rider’s leg getting caught on a protruding obstruction, which can send a rider flying off of the motorcycle.
In other circumstances, a motorcyclist may be sideswiped by an oblivious motorist who is attempting to change lanes. This sudden collision can cause injury to the rider or even send the rider into another vehicle on the road, causing additional injury. Again, the rider is completely vulnerable to the impact.
Motorcyclists arguably need to pay more attention to their surroundings than normal motorists. The risks of a high-speed collision are far too serious to be taken lightly. A motorcyclist who anticipates a collision may need to quickly maneuver their bike to avoid a collision. This quick maneuver can cause them to collide on the side into another vehicle or guardrail. In extreme circumstances, the rider may need to turn his or her bike sideways in an attempt to stop to avoid a collision. Motorcyclists turn their bikes sideways because it is a more efficient way of stopping. It also can damage the motorcycle and its tires, which is why motorcycle riders do not make use of this method of braking in every circumstance.
There is no doubt that motorcycle injuries have the potential to be catastrophic. However, the majority of accidents that involve injuries to only the rider’s lower extremities (i.e. foot, leg, etc.) do not prove to be permanent. Injuries to the head or spinal cord can result in paralysis or other injuries that prevent a rider from ever being able to ride again.
Fractured toes, feet, ankles, or legs can all heal over time. Although breaking both of one’s legs will be viewed as an extremely serious injury, it is good to keep in mind that the individual may be able to get on the road again.
Riding a motorcycle can be a risky endeavor. We always advise our clients to ensure that they wear the proper protective gear and that their motorcycles are properly maintained. The injuries that can result from a motorcycle accident can be catastrophic. It is essential that any rider pays careful attention to the road and to their surroundings in order to avoid potential injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured while riding a motorcycle, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys of The Levin Firm today to discuss your potential claim. Our offices are located in Philadelphia, Norristown, and Feasterville and we offer free initial consultations. Call us at 215-825-5183 today to discuss your potential lawsuit.
Motorcycle accidents injured some 88,000 people in the United States during 2015, according to data published by the (NHTSA). While motorcycle accidents can occur anywhere, there are some places that are more dangerous than others. As a result, motorcyclists should take extra precautions if they find themselves in one of these areas or situations.
Intersections are inherently dangerous places for all motorists, particularly when those intersections are busy. At an intersection, vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists are traveling across one another’s paths, often perpendicularly. In addition, while a two-way intersection is dangerous enough, many urban areas have five-way or even six-way intersections, often resulting in extremely complex traffic patterns that are difficult to anticipate.
While intersections put everyone at risk, motorcyclists are at a particularly high risk of involvement in an accident at intersections because their smaller size makes them harder for motorists to spot. As a result, anyone riding a motorcycle should be extra careful when entering or approaching an intersection and make sure to follow the rules of the road.
Another situation in which motorcyclists are at an increased risk of involvement in a wreck is when they find themselves on a congested road. When vehicles are close to one another, motorcyclists tend to get boxed into areas where there is little room to maneuver. As a motorcyclist, it may be tempting to use your smaller size to zoom through traffic and between cars that are stopped or moving slowly because of heavy traffic. This practice, known as “lane splitting,” is not only but also extremely dangerous. Many drivers do not expect a motorcyclist to suddenly be beside them and may try and switch lanes without any warning. In addition, any error that you make could cause you to slam into the back of a slower moving or stopped vehicle, potentially throwing you off your bike and into traffic.
Being able to see what is ahead of you is essential to avoiding collisions with other vehicles, objects, or avoiding road hazards. While the idea of taking your motorcycle out on a curvy road and seeing what it can do may be appealing, it also significantly increases your risk of involvement in an accident.
There are many ways that accidents on roads with low sight distance can occur. For example, motorists may not see that you are coming around a turn or over a hill and veer into your lane, causing a serious head-on collision. Similarly, if you are traveling at a high rate of speed, you may not be able to see a stopped vehicle or road hazard around a sharp turn until it is too late to avoid it.
The fact that a particular situation is inherently riskier than others does not relieve other drivers of the duty to drive in a reasonably safe manner. For example, drivers should still stop at red lights at a confusing intersection, and the fact that a road has sharp curves does not mean that it is okay for a vehicle to weave out of its lane. For this reason, motorcyclists who are injured in accidents that occur in high-risk situations should always have their crash reviewed by an attorney in order to determine whether they can recover compensation.
If you have been hurt in a motorcycle accident in the Philadelphia area, you should discuss your case with a lawyer as soon as you can. The lawyers of The Levin Firm are committed to protecting the rights of motorcycle accident victims and understand how to maximize any settlement or award you obtain. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call The Levin Firm today at 215-823-5183 or .
Motorcycle accidents are extremely dangerous events and the injuries sustained by motorcycle operators and their passengers can oftentimes be severe and catastrophic. When these incidents are the result of the negligence of another person, victims can often recover significant compensation for the losses they have sustained, including their medical expenses, lost income, loss of quality of life, and physical and emotional pain and suffering.
Determining whether an accident was caused by negligence can be a complicated matter, which is why victims should always take the time to speak to an attorney after a wreck. A lawyer will thoroughly review your case and determine whether you have a claim to file.
While the myriad of possible causes of Philadelphia motorcycle accidents is overwhelming and potentially unlimited, some of the more common causes of Philadelphia motorcycle accidents are as follows:
If you are involved in a motorcycle accident in the Philadelphia area, there are certain things you can do to maximize your chances of recovering compensation. The first issue you need to deal with after a motorcycle accident is your physical well-being; if emergency medical personnel recommend that you go to the hospital, do so. If you are able to stay at the scene of the accident, try and collect as much information as you can, including the names of the other drivers involved, the license plate numbers of the vehicles, the other drivers’ insurance information, and any identifying information on any commercial vehicles that may have been involved.
It is important to go see a doctor after an accident, even if you do not believe that your injuries require medical treatment. Doing so will ensure that your injuries are identified, treated and that an official record is generated. Seeing a physician is an important step in ensuring that you are able to recover compensation later, as insurance companies will often try and argue that your injuries are not as severe as you claim.
Finally, you should speak to an attorney as soon as you can after an accident has occurred, as any delay could hurt your chances of recovering compensation for your losses.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident as a result of someone else’s negligence, our experienced attorneys can assist you with safeguarding your legal rights and helping you to obtain monetary compensation.
Insurance companies sometimes deny liability altogether in motorcycle accident cases and refuse to pay. However, our experienced Philadelphia motorcycle accident lawyers have the necessary legal knowledge and skills to combat the insurance companies and obtain a fair settlement on your behalf. If the insurance company denies liability – or if a fair settlement cannot be reached – our experienced attorneys are not afraid to litigate your case or take it to trial.
Motorcycle accidents can happen anywhere, and the results can oftentimes be catastrophic. The many busy multi-lane highways and roadways in and around Philadelphia are prime territory for motorcycle accidents.
The main reason why motorcycles are so dangerous is because the operator (and the passenger, if there is one) do not have the body of a car surrounding them and protecting them in the event of a crash. Therefore, when a crash occurs, the operator and any passengers are likely to make direct contact with the ground and seriously injure themselves. A motorcycle helmet and other types of riding gear provide a protective barrier between a motorcycle rider’s head and the ground.
Motorcycle accidents can often by caused by the driver of another motor vehicle, meaning that victims are often able to obtain compensation for their injuries. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, our experienced Philadelphia motorcycle accident attorneys are here to help. We will review the unique facts and circumstances of your case and can assist you with maximizing its value. If your case is contested, our team will fully investigate your case and take it to trial if it becomes necessary.
Motorcycle helmets save lives. Period. Statistically, according to both the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the , motorcycle helmets reduce the risk of death by 37% in motorcycle crashes and reduce the risk of head injuries by 69%.
When riders sustain injuries in motorcycle crashes, the injuries are oftentimes catastrophic. Some of the most common types of injuries sustained in motorcycle crashes include the following:
Given the seriousness of these injuries, motorcycle operators and passengers should not take any chances when it comes to motorcycle safety. Motorcycle helmets can help to prevent – or significantly lessen – the injuries a person sustains in the event of a crash in the following ways:
Most importantly, the simple act of putting on a motorcycle helmet is a reminder that riding a motorcycle can be a dangerous business, placing motorcycle operators and their passengers in the proper mindset.
The days, week, and months immediately following a motorcycle accident can be stressful and confusing. Between doctors, specialists, insurance adjusters, and work or school, the aftermath of a serious accident can be overwhelming. Fortunately, there are many ways that an attorney can help victims, including the following:
If you have been hurt in an accident, you should be certain to keep in mind that it is best to speak to an attorney as soon as you, because any delay could result in the loss or destruction of evidence that is essential to your claim. In addition, Pennsylvania personal injury claims are subject to a strict ,2 which means that waiting to file a claim could result in the forfeiture of your right to recover compensation at all.
Motorcycle accidents can result in serious injuries, and in the worst cases, death. Riders, therefore, should take every possible precaution.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. Remember that the insurance company is doing everything it can to pay you as little as possible, including potentially using tactics designed to get you to inadvertently admit partial or full liability for your accident
Our experienced Philadelphia motorcycle accident lawyers have the necessary legal knowledge and expertise to negotiate with insurance adjusters on your behalf and help you to obtain a fair value for your case. If a favorable settlement offer cannot be reached, we are not afraid to take your case to trial.
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