Riding a motorcycle is a cost-effective and exhilarating way of getting from one place to another. In an ideal world, you could safely ride your bike without having to worry about negligence on the part of other motorists, but the sad truth is that all too many people fail to drive in ways that are safe for all people on the road. However, a lot of people who drive cars, trucks and SUVs fail to meet these obligations by refusing to check their mirrors before changing lanes or otherwise disregarding the fact that they share the roads with motorcycles. This negligence can lead to devastating outcomes, especially for the person riding a motorcycle. If you were hurt in bike crash and want to discuss your case with a motorcycle accident lawyer, contact The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. today.
After the accident
Sometimes all the safety measures we take are for naught and because of someone else’s negligence, we end up in an accident anyway. The pain and confusion after a crash can make figuring out your next steps difficult. Here is what to do after the accident:
- Get a medical evaluation right away, even if you think your injuries are not major. It is crucial to let a medical professional evaluate and treat any injuries you may have sustained in the accident.
- Document the accident and your injuries. Take pictures of injuries, keep copies of medical bills, and write out or dictate a timeline of events leading up to the crash if you are able to. Gather contact information from any accident witnesses.
- Contact an attorney to discuss the possibility of taking legal action against the liable party in civil court.
Motorcycle accident injury and death data
Data published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed that in 2016, more than 5,200 bikers lost their lives on the nation’s roadways because of motorcycle crashes—a more than 5 percent increase in motorcycle accident deaths from the prior year. Many injuries and fatalities are attributed to lack of helmet usage by riders, and nationally only approximately two-thirds of motorcycle riders use helmets when riding even in states with partial helmet laws (like Pennsylvania) or full helmet laws.
FAQs for Allentown Motorcycle Accident Attorney
For many motorcyclists, riding a bike is their only way to feel alive. But when a motorcycle crash occurs, a biker can stop being alive.
In Pennsylvania alone, motorcycle accidents cause around 200 fatalities and more than 3,000 injuries per year. Motorcycle crashes are deadlier than regular car accidents due to less protection provided to the rider and passengers.
There are many things about bicycle accidents that many people in Pennsylvania get wrong, which is why we have prepared answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.
Can I Sue Another Driver if I Do Not Have Motorcycle Insurance?
In Pennsylvania, purchasing motorcycle insurance is required for all riders. If you do not have motorcycle insurance and get into a crash, you will face significant challenges when attempting to recover damages from or sue the other party involved.
In that case, the best course of action would be to seek help from a motorcycle accident attorney who would help you navigate through Pennsylvania laws and regulations pertaining to motorcycle crashes.
If it is not too late, however, it is recommended to purchase motorcycle insurance. In the state of Pennsylvania, the minimum requirements for motorcycle insurance coverage are as follows:
- $15,000 for bodily injury per person (or death);
- $30,000 for bodily injury per multiple persons in an accident (or deaths); and
- $5,000 for property damage in the crash.
If you opted to purchase the minimum insurance coverage, you would be responsible for paying all expenses that go beyond your insurance policy limits.
Does My Case Have to Be Investigated by an Allentown Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?
Although contacting an attorney after a motorcycle crash is optional, you can benefit from having your case investigated by an experienced lawyer.
After all, it is not uncommon for motorcyclists to face bias and prejudice. Being represented by a lawyer is often the only way to overcome the all-too-common bias against bikers. A thorough investigation by your attorney can collect facts to prove that you were not at fault for the collision.
The investigation could include interviewing witnesses, reviewing camera footage and photos at the scene, and examining details of how and why the crash occurred.
Can I File a Lawsuit Against the City of Allentown for My Motorcycle Accident Injury?
Not all motorcycle crashes are caused by the negligence or recklessness of the biker and/or other motor vehicle operators. In some cases, the city of Allentown and other government agencies can be held responsible for injuries (i.e., by failing to maintain the roadways in a safe condition, making road design unsafe, or failing to remove or remedy hazardous conditions in a timely manner).
An injured motorcycle rider could potentially sue the city of Allentown and other government entities for:
- Inadequate road design
- Missing warning signs
- Lack of or bad lighting
- Uncovered drainage pits
- Defective street lights
- Inadequate delineation of a vehicle path
- Cracked pavement, and other poor road conditions.
Should I Accept a Settlement Offered by an Insurer?
Regardless of how “huge” or “generous” the settlement offer may seem, do not accept the offer unless your Allentown motorcycle accident attorney determines that taking the settlement is a good option.
Keep in mind that once you accept a settlement offer, you automatically lose your right to recover more damages or file a lawsuit (for example, if you ever need an unanticipated surgery or additional medical treatment months or years after accepting the settlement).
If you were hurt in a bike accident, we can help you file a claim
If you were hurt in a motorcycle crash, The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. can help. Our attorneys are experienced and knowledgeable in handling motorcycle accident injury claims, and we want to help you get justice in the civil courtroom. We will fight to help you pursue the recovery of damages after an accident, and we will push to get you every dime of cash compensation you are entitled to as an accident victim. You should not have to continue suffering because of someone else’s negligence—we want to help you hold them responsible for the destruction they caused. Contact us today for a free consultation.