Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Philadelphia
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We Treat Our Clients Like Family
At Cousin Benny, we treat our clients like family. When you place your motorcycle accident case in our hands, rest assured you will be taken care of and apprised of developments every step of the way.
No FEE Until You Win
We take Philadelphia motorcycle accident cases on a contingency basis, which means there are no up-front costs for you and we do not get paid unless and until you do.
How a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Philadelphia Can Help?
Legal Representation for Victims of Motorcycle Crashes
An experienced motorcycle accident lawyer helps you by handling all aspects of your case, giving you the time and energy to recover from your injuries. We will:
What To Do If You’re Injured in a Motorcycle Accident
Seek Medical Attention
Be sure to document all license plate numbers of those involved and get their names, addresses, and insurance information when possible. If the other driver was operating a SEPTA vehicle or a commercial vehicle, note the identity of their employer. Even just taking pictures of the other vehicles and drivers with your phone will help.
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What Damages are Available After a Motorcycle Accident
There are three types of monetary damages that are available to a victim of a motorcycle accident in Philadelphia. These are economic damages such as medical bills, lost wages, and property damage, noneconomic damages, and punitive damages.
If you were injured and it was someone else’s fault, they (or their employer or insurance company) are responsible for paying for your medical expenses. These may include ambulance or helicopter transport, emergency room treatment, scans, medications, surgical procedures, and physical and occupational therapy.
If your motorcycle was damaged in the accident, you are entitled to recover the cost of repairs or replacement.
If you missed work due to the injury you suffered in a motorcycle accident, you are entitled to the earnings you would have otherwise gotten.
Noneconomic damages are a bit more difficult to prove, but an experienced Philadelphia motorcycle accident lawyer will know what the monetary awards are for the different types of noneconomic damages and get you the compensation you deserve for pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life if the injury is serious or has lasting effects. If your loved one was killed in a motorcycle accident in Philadelphia, you may be entitled to compensation for your loss of your loved one’s companionship and loss of their economic support.
Compensation is available to motorcycle operators who are victims of an accident caused by egregiously reckless or intentional acts. For example, if someone driving a car drives recklessly close to a motorcycle operator and causes an accident, that driver may be subject to punitive or “punishing” damages. If SEPTA did not adequately maintain a bus and the bus’ brakes failed, causing a motorcycle accident, SEPTA may have to pay punitive damages.
Common Injuries Sustained in a Motorcycle Accident
Road rash ranges from minor scraping of the outer layer of skin to the peeling off of multiple layers of skin that requires plastic surgery and leaves a rider scarred or disfigured for life. Road rash typically occurs when a motorcyclist is not wearing protective clothing or headgear
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries are all too common in motorcycle accidents, especially when a rider is not wearing a helmet. Spinal cord injuries range in severity from herniated discs to partial or total paralysis.
Head and Brain Injuries
Head and brain injuries are common impact injuries in motorcycle accidents. Severity ranges from concussion to brain bleed and death.
Arm and Leg Injuries
In a motorcycle accident, the rider often gets caught under the skidding motorcycle or is violently thrown from it. This can result in injuries to limbs ranging from bruising and minor fractures to crushing, bone breaks, and possible amputations.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Distracted driving by the rider or by other motorists is a common cause of motorcycle accidents. Using your phone, texting, adjusting your clothing, smoking, talking with a passenger, or drinking or eating while driving can distract someone from the surrounding conditions, causing them to fail to react to changing conditions.
Unsafe Weather Conditions
Motorcycles are not the vehicle of voice in some weather conditions, such as driving rain, sleet, hail, or snow. These conditions reduce visibility and cause slippery roads, making an accident more likely.
Dangerous Road Conditions
Motorcycles are less able to cope with dangerous road conditions such as large potholes, roads open for construction, and unforeseeable obstacles in the road, and may crash as a result.
Unsafe speeds are perilous for any driver or rider and those they share the road with. Whether it is the motorcyclist speeding or some other motorist speeding, everyone around them has less time to react if the speeder loses control or does something unpredictable, such as changing lanes.
Lack of repair and maintenance or actual defects in manufacturing can and do cause motorcycle accidents. Faulty brakes or brake lines and bald tires frequently cause accidents.
Driving Under the Influence
Whether the motorcyclist or some other motorist is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they and everyone on the road with them are in danger. Perception is altered, reaction time is slowed, and coordination suffers while under the influence, making an accident more likely.
Unsafe Lane Changes
Motorcyclists are less visible than other motor vehicles. If a rider changes lanes suddenly other motorists may not recognize what is happening in time to react. If another motor vehicle changes lanes suddenly not seeing the motorcyclist, or if the motorcyclist is riding in their blind spot, an accident can occur.
Statistics about Motorcycle Accidents in Pennsylvania
Where Do Most Motorcycle Accidents Occur?
Most motorcyclists occur in urban areas and on freeways and highways. Unfortunately, this is also where most of the fatalities occur. Philadelphia has both crowded city streets and major interstates, making it particularly perilous for motorcyclists to navigate safely.
Pennsylvania Motorcycle Accident Laws
Motorcycle License Required in PA
You must have a valid driver’s license with a Class M designation or a valid motorcycle permit while riding with an approved supervisory rider to operate a motorcycle in Pennsylvania.
Motorcycle Helmet Required in PA
Pennsylvania requires most motorcyclists and their passengers to wear a helmet that meets the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Standards. An approved helmet will have a “DOT” sticker.
The following people are not required to wear a helmet while operating a motorcycle in Pennsylvania:
Motorcycle Insurance Required in PA
Pennsylvania requires insurance but allows motorists and motorcyclists to choose which type of insurance to procure, either no-fault or fault-based.
Lane Splitting is Illegal in PA
Lane splitting is when a motorcyclist rides on the line between two lanes of cars heading in the same direction. In Pennsylvania, lane splitting is strictly prohibited. Specifically, no person is allowed to operate a motorcycle between lanes of traffic.
The Following Types of Road Behavior are Illegal in PA
Motorcycle Accidents in Pennsylvania FAQS
Whether you seek to file a personal injury case or a wrongful death suit, the statute of limitations for a motorcycle accident in PA is two years.
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Compensation for Motorcycle Accident Victims in Philadelphia
Compensation for victims of motorcycle accidents in Philadelphia can include:
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Spend your time and energy healing from your motorcycle accident. We will take care of the rest. The Philadelphia motorcycle accident lawyers at Cousin Benny will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Call our motorcycle accident lawyers today to discuss your case.