Bikers simply do not have the same amount of protection as car drivers and injuries can be devastating and life-altering. If you suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident, and someone else is responsible, our expert lawyers will make them pay for their negligence. Our team will help you obtain compensation for your suffering when you contact our experienced motorcycle accident attorneys at Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman for help.
The insurance company for the driver who caused your crash will do everything possible to decrease the amount it will have to pay to settle your claim. Our team of experts will do everything possible to fight them and increase the amount they will have to pay to settle your claim.
During the latest reporting year in Pennsylvania, there were over 3,000 motorcycle crashes that caused 180 fatalities and over 3,000 injuries. If you have been in a motorcycle accident, the first thing you need to do is seek medical treatment for any injuries you have sustained, no matter how minor they seem. Please understand that many injuries do not begin to present signs and symptoms until hours or even days after a motorcycle crash. Any gap in treatment from the time of a crash to the time you receive treatment can be used against you by the other driver’s insurance company.
While at the scene of a crash, do everything you can to document what happened. This includes taking photographs and recording witness statements. Be sure to get copies of all police reports related to the crash.
Motorcyclists are vulnerable to serious injuries on the roadway. Even when a rider is wearing a helmet, they can still get seriously hurt. A typical passenger vehicle weighs around 4,000 pounds. When a motorcyclist is struck, they usually suffer from two impacts – one with the vehicle and one with the ground.
The most common injuries a motorcyclist suffers from in a crash include:
Do not underestimate the potential severity of the injuries you may sustain if you are ever involved in a motorcycle accident. Again, motorcyclists do not have the same degree of protection enjoyed by the operators and occupants of cars and other such enclosed vehicles.
A car or other enclosed vehicle has a metal frame and windows that can serve as a barrier between a driver and another vehicle or other such hazards when a collision occurs. Additionally, enclosed vehicles are typically equipped with safety features like airbags and seatbelts.
Motorcycles do not offer such safety features. It is therefore relatively common for motorcyclists to sustain major injuries when they are involved in accidents that might otherwise only cause minor harm to someone in a car, truck, or another such vehicle. Statistics even indicate that when a motorcyclist is involved in an accident, their chances of losing their life are 29 times greater than they would be if they were driving or riding in a car.
It is imperative that you exercise caution and obey all the rules of the road when riding a motorcycle. Other steps you can take to minimize your chances of being involved in an accident include the following:
If you are taking out your motorcycle and plan on riding far from your home you must consider the fact that the weather conditions in the areas where you will be riding may not be the same as the conditions outside your door. Before taking your motorcycle out for a trip, check weather reports. Strongly consider rescheduling if they indicate the possibility of dangerous conditions.
This is another tip to remember if you plan on riding your motorcycle in areas with which you may not be entirely familiar. When planning your route, check to see if the counties or municipalities in which you may be riding track data regarding where collisions are most common. Many local governments do so in an effort to identify particularly dangerous roads and intersections.
This task may add some time to the planning phase of your trip. However, it could save your life. If you learn that motorcycle accidents are relatively common in certain areas, you can plan your route to avoid those areas.
This is a critical factor that many people overlook when considering motorcycle safety. You already know that it is extremely unsafe to operate a motorcycle (or any other motor vehicle) while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
What you might not know is that operating a motor vehicle when you have not gotten sufficient sleep can be just as dangerous as operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. In the days before a motorcycle trip, prioritize getting enough rest.
Even if you exercise caution and heed these warnings, you may still one day be involved in a motorcycle accident resulting from the negligence of someone else. You deserve to be compensated for your medical bills and other such losses if this happens. Contact an Erie, PA motorcycle accident attorney to learn more about your legal options.
Did you suffer critical injuries in a motorcycle accident in Erie, PA? Are you feeling overwhelmed and intimidated by the thought of going to court? Get a strong legal advocate on your side who can support you during these difficult times. Contact a respected Erie, PA motorcycle accident attorney at Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman to get started on your insurance claim today. Schedule your no-cost, risk-free case review when you fill out our convenient contact form or call our office at 888-988-9467.