Injured in a motorcycle accident in PA? Our personal injury lawyers in Philadelphia will represent injured motorcycle riders and passengers. Free legal evaluation.
The personal injury lawyers at McEldrew Young in Philadelphia will represent injured motorcycle operators or passengers in Pennsylvania accidents.
Our law firm helps motor vehicle accident victims get the compensation they deserve. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, please contact one of our trial attorneys for a free initial consultation. We represent clients on a contingency fee basis so there is no fee unless you receive compensation for your injuries.
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The high risk of serious accidents is a regrettable consequence of the thrill and freedom offered by motorcycles. Even the most careful operator may find themselves injured in an accident due to the negligence of the driver of an automobile or another vehicle on the highway. If you or a family member were injured while driving a motorcycle, please contact us for assistance.
During the course of your representation, we will get your medical records, review the parties involved for liability and negotiate with any applicable insurance companies. We know that injuries sustained during a motorcycle crash can be severe and that your first priority is healing. We will work to ensure that you get the compensation that you deserve for your injuries.
A motorcycle passenger can also be injured or killed in an accident. It’s an extremely unfortunate ending to what should be a fun experience with a friend or family member. There are any number of scenarios which can result in injuries to the passenger.
If the driver caused the accident, their insurance policy will cover compensation. PA law requires motorcycle drivers to carry insurance. Their policy will include bodily injury protection which will allow you to get compensation for the injuries that you suffered.
If a car causes the crash, they can be held responsible for your costs. If they have insurance and they are found to be at fault, their policy will cover the costs of your medical expenses. If they are underinsured, which means their insurance policy coverage limits will not pay all the costs related to your injury, then the driver must be sued in a lawsuit to recover the additional costs from them.
Morris v. Wachovia Sec., Inc., 277 F. Supp. 2d 622, 644 (E.D. Va. 2003)
Motorcycle Helmets: The Law and Their Use
Pennsylvania has what is often referred to as a partial helmet law. It requires that any person on a motorcycle must wear a helmet (“protective headgear”) unless he or she is over 21 and has either two years of riding experience or has complete an approved motorcycle safety course. To comply, a helmet must meet U.S. Department of Transportation standards. It will have a DOT sticker centered on the back of the helmet.
Slightly more than 1/3 of motorcycle riders, counting either a driver or passenger, involved in an accident in Pennsylvania were not wearing a helmet in 2013.
States handle the question of whether the failure to wear a helmet reduces or eliminates the liability of another party under doctrines of comparative or contributory negligence. Please consult with one of our personal injury attorneys for additional information on how Pennsylvania handles compensation for individuals who are not wearing a helmet.
The Effectiveness of Helmets
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration studied helmet safety and issued a report in 2004. The report used data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System to determine both that helmets save lives and that their effectiveness in preventing fatalities has increased. In unpublished data by the NHTSA cited in a CDC report in 2012, helmet use is estimated to prevent nearly 40% of fatalities in operators and their passengers.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
There are more than 850,000 licensed motorcyclists in Pennsylvania and more than 400,000 registered motorcycles.
There are roughly 3,000 crashes in PA involving a motorcycle every year. This accounts for a mere 5% of the injury crashes in the state. However, a far greater percentage result in a fatal injury than would be expected in a car accident. In 2013, 15 percent of the fatal motor vehicle crashes in the state involved motorcycles. That number was actually a significant decline from the numbers in the period between 2009 to 2012. The number of motorcycle deaths declined 14% in 2013 from the previous year.