Motorcyclists in Philadelphia have to account for every other vehicle on the road at times. Distracted drivers are a constant risk of making a lane change or a turn without properly checking mirrors and blind spots. If their inattention can cause them to miss something big like a truck or SUV, how much more often will they miss spotting a smaller motorcycle?
The mistake can leave a vulnerable and less-protected rider suffering from serious injuries. The worst thing a driver can do at that moment is to flee the scene rather than stay and face the consequences for his or her actions.
A man on a motorcycle suffered major injuries when he attempted to make a u-turn and collided with a car in West Philadelphia on Friday. FOX-29 TV reported the accident happened near the intersection of 57th Street and Hazel Avenue on September 4, 2020.
Police say the motorcyclist was traveling southbound on Hazel Avenue before noon when he started to make a u-turn. He then struck a Volkswagen Jetta that was also traveling south. The Volkswagen continued on to crash into an unoccupied, parked car.
The motorcyclist was reportedly thrown from his bike and rushed to Penn Presbyterian Hospital where he was in critical but stable condition.
Investigators say the occupants of the Volkswagen fled the scene on foot, leaving the car behind. The occupants have not been located.
In the wake of a tragic motorcycle accident, the victim can face a long, expensive recovery from injury while also being unable to return to work and earn a paycheck. The difficulties are quickly doubled and a motorcyclist will wonder where to turn to for help after a hit-and-run accident.
If the at-fault driver is never located, a victim can still hope to get help paying for medical bills and recouping missed time at work. Motorcyclists with uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage can file a claim for damages with their own insurance company. This coverage is included with most motorist insurance policies unless the motorist declines it specifically.
In these cases, your insurance company will often make things difficult and try to limit the amount you can recover to help with your financial losses. A motorcycle accident attorney can hold your insurance company accountable and make sure their offer is enough to cover all of your physical, emotional, and financial losses now and in the future.
After any accident involving a serious injury, contact a highly rated Philadelphia Motorcycle Accident Lawyer such as Edith Pearce. Unlike the huge firms with many different attorneys handling different aspects of your case, Edith Pearce is personally involved in every case that we handle. She genuinely cares about her clients and you will not be treated like just another case or file.