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.
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