Motorcycles can be exciting to ride, fun to own, and economical to drive. However, due to their size, weight, and structure, motorcycles are also more dangerous to operate than many other vehicles on the road. In fact, motorcycle riders are significantly more likely to incur catastrophic or fatal injuries in a traffic accident than those traveling in a closed passenger vehicle.
Far too many people assume that motorcycle accidents are always the fault of the rider, and, unfortunately, negative stereotypes that involve reckless driving, speeding, and driving under the influence are prevalent. However, the truth is that a significant number of motorcycle accidents take place because other drivers do not share the road or do not see approaching bikes. In other cases, motorcycle riders may be victims of poor road maintenance, faulty road design, and/or defective motorcycle parts.
At the Law Offices of Jeffrey H. Penneys, Esq. I will examine your PA motorcycle accident case with an open mind and an extensive knowledge of motorcycle personal injury cases. I can help you determine who was at fault for your crash and whether you may be able to seek compensation.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics & Facts
Why do you need an attorney who has specific experience working on Pennsylvania motorcycle accident claims? Simply put, motorcycle accidents are very different than other types of traffic accidents. Your case may benefit greatly from an attorney with extensive familiarity with these types of accidents as well as with Pennsylvania motorcycle law.
Here are just a few state and national motorcycle statistics:
- According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to die in an accident than a person in a passenger car.
- Also according to the NHTSA, 11% of all traffic accidents involve a motorcycle.
- According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), fatal motorcycle accidents in Pennsylvania have increased 35% since the state’s helmet law was changed in 2003.
- According to PennDOT, about 200 motorcycle riders in Pennsylvania are killed in crashes each year, while another 4,000 are seriously injured.
Motorcycle Insurance Laws & Coverage in Pennsylvania
Because motorcycle accidents often result in heavy damages and serious injury, Pennsylvania law requires all riders to carry a certain amount of motorcycle insurance. If you drive a two-wheeled motorized vehicle, such as a motorcycle or moped, you are required to carry:
- $15,000 of personal injury protection coverage for a single rider.
- $30,000 of personal injury protection coverage for all people involved in an accident.
- $5,000 of property damage protection.
Unlike some states, these limits are the same whether or not you wear a helmet. Also, keep in mind that the above requirements represent the minimum coverage required by law and that many riders choose to purchase more coverage and more comprehensive coverage before riding.
Not carrying motorcycle insurance, allowing your motorcycle insurance to lapse, or not carrying enough motorcycle insurance can have a huge negative impact on your motorcycle accident claim. An experienced motorcycle lawyer can discuss all of these issues with you, so please contact me to discuss these and all other cycle related questions.
Request a Free Philadelphia Motorcycle Accident Case Review
Whether you have been injured in a PA motorcycle accident or whether you have lost a loved one in a motorbike accident, I am here to listen to your story and answer your legal questions. Find out if you should file a personal injury claim, how much compensation you might deserve, and what steps you should take to win your case.
Schedule your free consultation and case review at the Law Offices of Jeffrey H. Penneys by calling 1-800InjuryLaw or filling out the online contact form. I am available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.