Early in January, a Philadelphia Highway Patrol officer was on his way to work when he was struck by a vehicle. Andy Chan, the 48-year-old officer, sustained life-threatening injuries when the 79-year-old driver of a minivan was driving out of Pennypack Park and onto Rhawn Street. He crashed into Chan’s motorcycle, throwing the officer abound 25 feet.
Chan suffered serious injuries and was rushed from the scene to the hospital where he underwent brain surgery. As of the time of this writing, he has been unresponsive and in critical condition since. The police chief said he did not think impairment or recklessness had anything to do with the accident. Sometimes even simple driving errors can still cause major harm.
At the Law Offices of Greg Prosmuskin, P.C., we know how dangerous motorcycle accidents can be. If you need a Philadelphia motorcycle accident attorney, you can call us today. Our knowledgeable and experienced team will work tirelessly to secure the compensation you need for all of your accident-related expenses.
The Devastating Injuries
Most people know that there are risks when a person rides a motorcycle. That is why most responsible motorcycle owners and riders do what they can to be safe, including wearing a helmet. In the case of Officer Chan, the doctors say that wearing a helmet most likely saved his life. Unfortunately, it cannot prevent other injuries.
Simply put, there is no way for the human body to absorb the impact of a vehicle slamming into it. Not only that, but motorcyclists usually get hit twice – one by the vehicle and once when they slam into the ground after an impact.
We commonly see the following injuries in the aftermath of a motorcycle crash:
- Spinal cord damage with paralysis
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken and dislocated bones
- Internal organ damages or bleeding
- Severe lacerations and road rash
We know that each of these injuries require immediate medical attention. Often, though, a crash victim must undergo surgery and rehabilitation in order to make a recovery. Officer Chan, and other motorcycle accident victims, faces this long path.
This can become incredibly costly, especially if insurance companies do not offer a fair settlement. In Pennsylvania, there were over 3,000 motorcycle accidents during the latest reporting year. Almost all of them resulted in some kind of injury to the rider.
Just like regular vehicle accidents, motorcyclists are vulnerable to driver error. Some of the main dangers come from:
- Speeding and aggressive drivers
- Distracted drivers
- Drunk drivers
Moving Forward Now
If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident that was caused by another person’s negligence, please seek legal assistance as soon as possible. You need someone who will investigate the entire crash and deal with all parties involved to get the maximum amount of compensation possible.
At the Law Offices of Greg Prosmuskin, P.C., we know that medical expenses are only one facet of the total accident-related costs. Not only will we work to cover all medical expenses, but we will fight to recover lost wages if you cannot work, pain and suffering damages, and even punitive damages. When you need a motorcycle accident attorney in Philadelphia, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 215-543-7220.