Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
A motorcyclist’s biggest danger is other drivers – Contact a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
For many people, motorcycles are more than a means of transportation – they are a way of life. The freedom of the open road is enjoyed by thousands of motorcyclists. Unfortunately, even though motorcycles are a common sight on our roadways, they are also too often overlooked by other motorists. Some drivers of larger vehicles, such as cars and trucks, often ignore or fail to see motorcyclists on the highway. Other motorists drive recklessly in the presence of motorcycles without considering the consequences, crowding bikers and giving them inadequate room to move.
How a Motorcycle Accident Attorney Can Help
Attorneys are on the front lines for their clients. They handle the routine aspects of filing a claim, including filing paperwork and serving as the go-between in correspondence with insurance companies or other attorneys. They make sure that everything moves along smoothly and all deadlines are met.
A skilled, experienced motorcycle accident attorney goes beyond the day-to-day processes of filing a claim. At Wapner Newman, we conduct investigations, research laws and relevant cases, interview witnesses, consult experts and prepare presentations to aid our client’s case.
We understand that getting maximum compensation requires assertive, dedicated legal representation, which is why we prepare every case to go all the way. The other side always knows that we mean business and that we won’t rest until we get our clients the payment they deserve.
Common Injuries in Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents are notorious for causing some of the worst injuries imaginable. One crash often results in multiple injuries. A few examples include…
- Head, neck and brain injuries
- Back and spinal cord injuries
- Internal injuries and organ damage
- Complex fractures, including hip, knee and ankle fractures
- Extensive soft tissue damage
- Road burn.
The Consequences of a Motorcycle Accident Injury
Motorcycle accidents almost always result in catastrophic personal injury. There are minimal crash safety features on motorcycles, and the lack of a protective enclosure makes many accidents turn fatal. Even so, there is an unspoken prejudice against motorcyclists both within and outside of our legal system, often preventing them from obtaining the full amount of compensation they are due.
The consequences of a serious injury go well beyond the pain a motorcyclist suffers. A serious injury is often very expensive to diagnose and treat. Medical expenses can include ambulatory care, hospitalization, tests, rehabilitation, prescription medication and ongoing care.
Injuries can also limit a person’s ability to work, which has both financial and psychological consequences. When someone is unable to return to full-time work, it makes paying medical bills even more difficult and has a deep impact on the injured person’s sense of self-worth.
A personal injury claim can help an injured person cope with the overwhelming financial costs of a motorcycle accident. At Wapner Newman, our Philadelphia motorcycle accident attorneys know what it takes to deliver results for our clients. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.
How Motorcycle Accidents Happen and How We Can All Share the Road Safely
Wrongful Death and Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents have incredibly high fatality rates compared to crashes involving other vehicles. For every death in a motorcycle accident, there are loved ones that are forced to deal with the consequences. When a motorcyclist suffers a fatal injury due to the negligence of another driver, the surviving family members can file a wrongful death claim to get compensation for the financial and emotional hardships they’ve suffered.
What to do After a Motorcycle Crash
If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, you need immediate medical attention. If possible, contact 911 so an ambulance can take you to a hospital. A police officer will also respond to the scene to conduct a brief investigation and file a report. Cooperate fully with the officer and provide them with the information they request.
In the days, weeks and months that follow the crash, follow all your doctor’s orders and keep copies of any medical or repair bills stemming from your crash. If you believe that a negligent driver was responsible for the crash, you should consider contacting an attorney to further explore your legal options.
Dealing with Insurance Companies After a Motorcycle Accident
When dealing with your own insurance company, you’ll want to cooperate to the best of your ability. However, you don’t have to accept an offer if it is insufficient. Many people make the mistake of accepting the first offer given to them, believing that it is their only option. This is a mistake. You can negotiate for more payment if your costs exceed their initial offer.
If you are contacted by the insurer of the other driver, you DO NOT need to speak to them. They will want you to make a statement, and they’ll likely use your words against you to lessen the amount of money they will offer you. Make no statements and refer the representative to your attorney.
Building a Motorcycle Accident Claim
Like any motor vehicle accident claim, we will first need to establish fault. We will evaluate every factor and circumstance involved in your motorcycle accident to develop a strong case against the negligent party.
In some instances, responsibility may be equally shared. In these cases, you are still entitled to recover some of your damages. A motorcycle accident lawyer will work to ensure blame is properly assessed, and that you are awarded all you are due.
You can help build your motorcycle accident claim by taking some simple steps after your accident, such as:
- Take pictures of the accident scene
- Gather the contact information of any witnesses
- Obtain the name, address, vehicle information, and insurance information of other drivers involved in the accident
- File a police report
Even if you feel relatively fine after an accident, always obtain a medical examination. Some injuries, such as brain injury, may not be apparent until days or even weeks after the accident. You will need a thorough medical examination to determine the full extent of your injuries.
The Costs of Filing an Injury Claim
While the costs of filing a claim and preparing a case can quickly add up, if you choose to hire an attorney who works on a contingency fee, you’ll be shielding yourself from these expenses in the event your claim is unsuccessful.
At Wapner Newman, we get paid only if your claim is successful. We do this because we know our team will do everything possible to get a favorable outcome for our client. We also want to protect our clients from costly fees if their claim is unsuccessful.
Settlements vs. Trials
Personal injury claims are often resolved through settlements. In a settlement, the two sides come to an agreement regarding the amount of money the injured person will be paid. If a settlement cannot be reached, the dispute goes to trial, where both sides make their case in front of a judge and jury.
We prefer to prepare every case to go all the way. We do this because we want to be sure our client’s case can be presented effectively in a trial, but we have also found that a solidly prepared case is more likely to result in a better settlement. Ultimately, the decision to proceed to trial is yours, and you can take the case as far as you’d like.
How are Motorcycle Accidents Different from Other Cases?
Motorcycle accidents often result in catastrophic injuries. The more complex and debilitating an injury, the more important it is for an attorney to fight for a bigger settlement or verdict. That’s why it’s in an injured person’s best interest to hire an experienced motorcycle accident attorney who has been through the process many times and knows what to expect.
Unfortunately, there is also a stigma attached to motorcyclists. In order to make an effective case on behalf of a client, a motorcycle accident attorney must know how to articulate the challenges their client has endured and dispel the myths and stigmas that insurance companies and juries have against them.
Our Experienced Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Get Results
The aggressive motorcycle accident lawyers at Wapner Newman are strong advocates of motorcyclist rights. Our accident lawyers will fight tirelessly to ensure you are fully compensated for all of your injuries.
Considering Pursuing a Case? Contact our Motorcycle Accident Attorneys For Help
With this information in hand, you should contact a motorcycle accident lawyer at Wapner Newman. We will begin working on your motorcycle accident claim right away to make sure you and your family are taken care of.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Crashes can be caused by several different factors, though nearly all of them involve some form of human error. This includes…
- Distracted driving
- Impaired driving
- Failure to give motorcyclists adequate space
- Failure to follow traffic signs and signals
- Failure to adjust driving behaviors according to the conditions of the road.
Some crashes can be caused by defective vehicle parts. If a motorcycle accident is caused by a defective motorcycle, the injured biker can file a product liability claim against the motorcycle manufacturer or motorcycle part manufacturer to get compensation for the costs of their injuries.
Statistics Pennsylvania Motorcyclists Should Know
- Motorcyclists are 28 times more likely than occupants of other vehicle types to die when involved in a crash.
- Every year in Pennsylvania, there are approximately 3,350 crashes involving motorcycles and 180 fatal crashes involving motorcycles.
- Supersport motorcyclists have death rates four times higher than those of other motorcyclists.
- Older motorcyclists are more likely to suffer serious injuries when involved in crashes.
Helmet Laws in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania requires all motorcycle operators and riders under the age of 21 to wear a helmet.
In 2003, Pennsylvania lawmakers decided to allow motorcyclists ages 21 and over to opt out of wearing a helmet. Since then, the number of motorcyclist deaths in Pennsylvania has increased. A study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that when a state repeals mandatory helmet laws, rates of helmet use drop from 99 percent to 50 percent. Not surprisingly, approximately half of all Pennsylvania motorcyclists who die in crashes aren’t wearing a helmet.
Helmets have been shown to greatly reduce a person’s chances of death and injury when involved in a motorcycle crash. Regardless of individual Pennsylvanians’ personal opinions about laws mandating helmets, we should all encourage motorcyclists to wear helmets in the event of a crash.
DON’T HESITATE TO CONTACT US TODAY
If you or a loved one has been injured, we encourage you to contact a motorcycle accident lawyer at Wapner Newman to schedule a free consultation. We fight for our clients to get them the compensation they deserve.