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If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by the negligent actions of another driver, the Pennsylvania motorcycle accident attorneys at Metzger Wickersham are prepared to fight to protect your rights.

As one of the most established firms in Pennsylvania, we have the resources to thoroughly investigate your case and pursue maximum results on your behalf. We offer complimentary case reviews to help you understand your rights – call us today to request yours.

For a free consultation, call (888) 286-2850. Find out how Metzger Wickersham can make a difference in the outcome of your motorcycle injury case.

Why Are Motorcycles So Dangerous?

For many people, motorcycles are an economical means of transportation in Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, motorcycle riders are especially vulnerable to injury on the open roads because they have little to shield their bodies in the event of a crash. Statistics show that motorcyclists are approximately 30 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a traffic crash and five times more likely to be injured, regardless of whether the rider takes the appropriate safety measures.

Common Causes of Motorcycle Wrecks

There are many different causes of motorcycle accidents, and many times another vehicle is at fault. Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents are:

  • Distracted driving: Motorists who are distracted by using mobile phones, adjusting the radio, eating, or engaging in other activities while driving may not notice motorcycles on the road.
  • Lane splitting: Lane splitting refers to the practice of riding a motorcycle between two lanes of traffic. It can be dangerous if not done properly, as it increases the risk of accidents due to limited space, driver confusion, or sudden movements by other vehicles.
  • Speeding: Excessive speeding reduces the amount of time available for a motorcyclist to react to changing road conditions, increasing the likelihood of accidents and reducing the ability to control the motorcycle.
  • Impaired driving: Operating a motorcycle under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or certain medications can impair judgment, reaction time, and coordination, significantly increasing the risk of accidents.
  • Lack of visibility: Motorcycles are smaller and less visible than cars, trucks, and other vehicles on the road. Other motorists may fail to see motorcycles or misjudge their speed and distance, leading to collisions.

If you've been injured in a motorcycle crash caused by another driver, you may be eligible for compensation. However, in these situations, don't expect the insurance company to let you win without a fight.

Turn to the Pennsylvania motorcycle wreck lawyers at Metzger Wickersham for an experienced team to protect your rights!

Despite Safety Precautions, Motorcycle Accidents Can Cause Severe Injuries

Even the safest motorcycle rider is at risk for accidents. In fact, motorcycle crash victims often experience catastrophic injuries than victims of other motor vehicle accidents. Motorcycle injuries can involve long hospital stays, multiple surgeries, and extensive rehab or physical therapy.

Medical bills can pile up quickly, and you may even find yourself unable to work for an extended period of time. In this situation, it is critical that you retain the services of an experienced lawyer who can advocate for every dollar of compensation you are owed to cover your losses.

Seeking Compensation After a Motorcycle Accident

Motorcycle riders often receive a negative reputation as careless or reckless drivers, and insurance companies use this skewed perception to their full advantage when determining liability in an accident. That's why it's critical to contact an experienced lawyer who can protect your dignity and rights.

At Metzger Wickersham, our motorcycle accident attorneys in Pennsylvania have extensive experience handling motorcycle wreck cases, including those resulting in catastrophic injuries such as brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. We know how to get results by relying on evidence that supports the facts of the case, rather than bias against motorcycle riders. Our team is prepared to advocate on behalf of riders who were injured or killed due to carelessness or recklessness of another driver.

Do You Have to Wear a Motorcycle Helmet in Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania's helmet law stipulates that anyone who rides a motorcycle must wear a helmet unless they meet specific criteria:

Age Requirement: Riders must be 21 years of age or older to be exempt from the helmet requirement.

Experience: In addition to the age requirement, individuals aged 21 or older must meet one of the following two conditions to ride without a helmet:

  • Two Years of Riding Experience: The rider must have at least two years of motorcycle riding experience. This condition aims to ensure that riders have gained a sufficient level of proficiency and understanding of the risks associated with motorcycle riding.
  • Completion of an Approved Safety Course: Another way to ride without a helmet is by successfully completing an approved motorcycle safety course. These courses cover essential safety practices and are designed to equip riders with the knowledge and skills necessary to handle a motorcycle safely.

Why Wear a Helmet?

While Pennsylvania allows some riders to enjoy the freedom of riding without a helmet, it's important to remember that helmets offer valuable protection. Motorcycle accidents can result in severe head injuries, and a properly fitted helmet can significantly reduce the risk of such injuries. Helmets are designed to absorb and dissipate the force of impact, protecting the rider's head and brain in the event of a collision or fall. Even if you meet the criteria to ride without a helmet, it's a good practice to consider your safety and wear one voluntarily.

Additional Safety Considerations

Regardless of whether you choose to wear a helmet or meet the exemption criteria, safety should always be a top priority while riding a motorcycle in Pennsylvania. Here are a few additional safety considerations to keep in mind:

  • Protective Gear: While a helmet is crucial, wearing additional protective gear like gloves, a jacket, pants, and appropriate footwear can further safeguard you in the event of an accident.
  • Visibility: Ensure that you are visible to other road users by wearing bright and reflective clothing. Enhancing your visibility can help prevent accidents.
  • Safe Riding Practices: Always follow safe riding practices, such as obeying traffic laws, avoiding distractions, and being aware of your surroundings. Defensive riding can save lives.

Protect Your Rights After a Motorcycle Accident

Getting into a motorcycle accident can be a life-changing experience that can lead to severe injuries and financial difficulties. At Metzger Wickersham, our skilled lawyers in Pennsylvania specialize in motorcycle accidents and are committed to advocating for the rights of victims and assisting them in obtaining the compensation they are entitled to.

When you choose us to represent you, we will:

  • Thoroughly investigate the accident to determine liability
  • Collect and preserve evidence, including accident reports and witness statements
  • Consult with medical experts to understand the full extent of your injuries and their impact on your life
  • Calculate the damages you are entitled to, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more
  • Negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf to ensure a fair settlement
  • Prepare your case for trial if a fair settlement cannot be reached

Call a PA Motorcycle Accident Lawyer for a Free Case Evaluation!

We know life can be stressful after an accident, and fighting the insurance company is the last thing you should have to deal with. If you feel overwhelmed, then you may need legal help. Metzger Wickersham's motorcycle accident attorneys in Pennsylvania stand ready to investigate your accident case and deal with the insurance company on your behalf.

Don't let an insurance company pay you less than what you are owed. Make sure you are receiving what you need for a secure future. Call (888) 286-2850 or contact our Pennsylvania motorcycle accident attorney online for more information about your case!

Commonly Asked Questions

What should I do if I've been injured in a motorcycle accident in Pennsylvania?

In the event that you have been in a motorbike accident, you must take precautions to keep yourself safe. To guarantee that the police and emergency medical personnel are sent to the scene, dial 911 first. Note the names and badge numbers of the cops and get the contact details of any witnesses. Take pictures of the scene if at all possible. After that, even if you feel fine, get medical help right away. Lastly, get in touch with a Pennsylvania motorcycle accident attorney to assist you in obtaining compensation for losses including pain and suffering, missed income, and medical expenses.

How long do I have to file a motorcycle accident claim in Pennsylvania?

In PA, the statute of limitations for filing a motorcycle accident claim is generally two years from the date of the accident. However, it's important to consult with an attorney as soon as possible, as there may be exceptions or additional factors that could affect the timeline. Waiting too long to file a claim could result in the loss of your right to seek compensation, so it's best to take action as soon as possible.

What types of compensation can I seek after a motorcycle accident in Pennsylvania?

Following a motorcycle accident, you might be qualified for various forms of compensation. These could include non-economic losses like pain and suffering and a diminished quality of life, as well as economic losses like medical costs and potential income you lost from work due to your injuries. You might be eligible for nominal, punitive, and compensatory damages in specific circumstances. The compensation is usually paid by the driver who is at fault or by their insurance provider. Speak with an injury lawyer to understand what damages you may be entitled to.

How can I prove that the other driver was at fault for my motorcycle accident?

Proving fault in a motorcycle accident case requires evidence such as witness statements, photos, police reports, and expert testimony. An experienced attorney can help collect and analyze this evidence to build a strong case. Seek the services of a competent attorney to navigate the legal system, build a strong case on your behalf, and ensure that your rights are protected.

Can I still file a motorcycle accident claim if I was partially at fault for the accident?

You might still be able to make a claim if you had some degree of fault in a motorcycle accident. Due to Pennsylvania's comparative negligence law, your amount of compensation could be lowered in proportion to your degree of fault. For example, you would be entitled to $80,000 if the damages were $100,000 overall and you were found to be 20% at fault. It is imperative that you consult with a lawyer who can assess your case and clarify how comparative negligence might impact your claim.

How long does it typically take to resolve a motorcycle accident claim?

There are a number of variables that can affect how quickly a motorcycle accident claim is resolved. The intricacy of the case, the severity of your injuries, and the insurance company's willingness to work out a reasonable settlement are some of these variables. Certain cases might be finished in a few months, while others might take longer—especially if a trial is necessary. It is best to speak with a knowledgeable motorcycle accident lawyer who can assess the particulars of your case in order to receive a more accurate estimate of the time frame.

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