Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer Serving Motorcycle Accident Victims in Philadelphia
Whether you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, or whether or you are caring for a motorcycle accident victim, you probably have a number of questions about your legal rights and Pennsylvania motorcycle accident lawsuits. On this page, I have answered some of the most common questions that I receive about motorcycle personal injury cases.
Do I need a motorcycle accident attorney?
If you are filing a claim with an insurance company after a motorcycle accident, a Pennsylvania personal injury attorney can help you secure a fair amount of compensation and make certain that your claim is not denied, delayed, or underpaid. In addition, if the insurance company refuses to negotiate or settle your case, an experienced personal injury attorney can take your case to court, where a jury or judge will make the final decision.
Can’t I just hire a general personal injury attorney? Do I need an attorney with motorcycle accident claim experience?
Although all personal injury attorneys are technically able to help you with your injury claim, an attorney who has extensive experience with motorcycle accident cases may prove to be the better choice. Motorcycle accidents differ from other types of vehicle accidents in several key ways, and having an accident attorney in Philadelphia who is familiar with the special nuances of motorcycle accidents could affect the final outcome of your case. It only makes good sense to choose a PA personal injury attorney who is skilled in motorcycle injury cases.
My loved one died in a motorcycle accident. Can I file a wrongful death lawsuit?
Tragically, a high percentage of motorcycle accidents end with a fatality. If your loved one’s motorcycle accident was caused by the negligence of another party, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim and collect compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, lost future wages, and pain and suffering. Your loved one might not have been at fault for his or her accident if the crash was due to another driver, an unsafe roadway, or a defective product (such as a motorcycle part or motorcycle helmet).
How long do I have to file a motorcycle accident injury claim?
The Pennsylvania statute of limitations for personal injury claims is two years from the date of your accident. If you were a minor at the time of your accident, you have two years from the date of your 18th birthday to file a claim. Filing a claim sooner rather than later increases your chances for a fair settlement and allows you to access your compensation more quickly.
Can I still get compensation for medical expenses if I wasn’t wearing a helmet at the time of my motorcycle accident?
In most cases, under Pennsylvania law, experienced motorcycle riders over the age of 21 are not required to wear a safety helmet. This means that you may sue an at-fault party for medical expenses and other damages whether or not you were wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, even if your injuries included a head injury or traumatic brain injury.
Can I still get compensation if I was partially at fault for my motorcycle accident?
Yes, Pennsylvania has comparative negligence laws that allow injury victims to collect damages even in some instances in which they were partially at fault for their accident. For example, if you were 20% liable for your injuries, you could collect 80% of your losses from the other at-fault party. If you are not sure whether you were at fault for your accident, or if you believe more than one party was at fault for your accident, speak to a motorcycle accident attorney today.
Get All of Your Questions Answered Personally By An Experienced Injury Attorney in Philadelphia
These are just a few answers to the most basic questions about motorcycle accident law in Pennsylvania. To learn more about your own case, including how much your injury case may be worth, you may wish to speak directly to an experienced Philadelphia personal injury attorney. I offer all motorcycle accident victims and their family members a free, no-obligation meeting to discuss their case and get their questions answered. To schedule yours, please call me anytime at 1-215-771-0430 (Cell) or 1-800-InjuryLaw (1-800-465-8795) or fill out the online contact form and I will get back to you within 24 hours.