Philadelphia Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Motorcycle accident lawsuits are different from car accident cases because the injuries tend to be more serious and often involve permanent consequences such as grafting, loss of limbs, paraplegia, quadriplegia, and/or head injury. More than 80 percent of all reported motorcycle accidents result in serious injury or death to the motorcyclist. This is especially true in Pennsylvania, as Pennsylvania repealed its motorcycle helmet law in 2003.

Under the current Pennsylvania motorcycle law, Pennsylvania motorcycle riders are not required to wear a helmet if they are 21 years or older and have either had a license to operate a Pennsylvania motorcycle for at least 2 years or if they have completed an approved Pennsylvania motorcycle rider safety course.

Special Issues

Successfully litigating motorcycle accident lawsuits requires specialized skill, knowledge and experience because these cases involve issues particular to motorcycle accidents such as the extent and expense of the injuries, and motorcyclists’ rights. For example, motorcycle riders often don’t get the respect and right-of-way they deserve. Because bikes are smaller than cars, trucks and SUVs, drivers often overlook motorcycles or fail to give them proper rights on the road. That’s why you need an experienced Philadelphia motorcycle accident lawyer like Edith Pearce and The Pearce Law Firm.

The Pearce Law Firm has a wealth of experience and expertise to handle your motorcycle accident case. Edith Pearce, the founder of The Pearce Law Firm knows the “ins and outs” of the auto insurance business, as she worked as an attorney for years for a major auto insurance company. With her wealth of inside knowledge, Edith Pearce has achieved multi-million dollar settlements for victims and their families who have suffered tragic results of motor vehicle accidents. We have inside knowledge of how the other side works, and we know the “tricks of the trade” to get you the maximum settlement. However, we also are not afraid to go to trial if we cannot achieve a good settlement. If your case goes to trial, you will know you have one of the smartest attorneys in the courtroom, with Edith Pearce (a member of MENSA) personally trying all motorcycle accident cases. Her legal ability has been featured in Newsweek, and her firm has received the highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards from Martindale-Hubbell. Unlike some large personal injury law firms, we give you personal attention and compassion, with the founding attorney of the firm, Edith Pearce involved in every case. You will not be treated like just another file or case.

Frequently Asked Questions

If I get injured in Pennsylvania while not wearing my helmet, can I still get compensation?

If you are injured and not wearing your helmet, you can still get compensation for your injuries so long as the other driver was negligent. If you sustained a head injury, the jury might assign some of the blame on you for not wearing a helmet which would reduce the amount of compensation the jury will award in the case.

If I’m a passenger on a motorcycle, and the fault of the accident was the operator of the bike I was on, can I sue him for compensation?

If the bike operator was negligent in driving the motorcycle and you were injured as a result, then you can make a claim against him or her for compensation. The reason for this is Pennsylvania law says that anyone who negligently harms another person is liable for their injuries, and it doesn’t require the victim to be in a different vehicle.

What type of damages can I claim in a motorcycle accident?

The law allows you to be compensated for all injuries and both economic and non-economic damages so long as the other driver was negligent. Economic damages are those that can easily have a dollar value assigned like medical bills and lost time from work. Non-economic damages are things like mental anguish and pain and suffering where it’s much more difficult to put a value on.

Additional Frequently Asked Accident Questions


Damages that a motorcycle accident victim and the victim’s family are entitled to recover may include: hospital and medical expenses; past and future lost earnings; past and future permanent physical disability, such as a limp, scars, loss of a limb; emotional distress, such as depression and anxiety; grief and emotional suffering caused by the death of a loved one; loss of love and companionship caused by the death or serious injury of a loved one; damage or destruction of property; physical pain and suffering; loss of enjoyment of life.

To protect your legal rights following a motorcycle accident in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, it is wise to consult a personal injury law firm for a Philadelphia motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible. Within the first week, important physical evidence can be lost, and witnesses may become hard to find.

Experience and Expertise: Getting You The Compensation You Deserve

Edith Pearce is an experienced Pennsylvania motorcycle accident lawyer, whose years in the insurance industry have taught her how to get the compensation her clients deserve, including recovering expenses, replacing income, vehicle replacement, and making sure that your medical bills, losses and suffering, are fairly compensated. The firm will thoroughly investigate your motorcycle accident and work diligently to arrive at a timely settlement or proceed to trial to obtain the compensation you deserve.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a motorcycle accident in Philadelphia or anywhere in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, please call us for a FREE MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT CONSULTATION or send us an instant e-mail.

We are dedicated to protecting your rights and obtaining full and fair compensation for you.

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If you or someone you know has been injured in a motorcycle accident in Philadelphia or anywhere in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, please call us for a FREE MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT CONSULTATION or send us an e-mail.