Allow a Local Philadelphia Motorcycle Accident Attorney Defend You
Philadelphia motorcycle accident lawyer Edith Pearce and The Pearce Law Firm want safe lanes for all motorcyclists. Riders have the same rights to the road as any car or truck and Edith Pearce wants to make sure these rights are observed by all motorists. The Pearce Law Firm also wants to protect riders who are forced into unfortunate accidents with careless drivers.
Insurance companies like to find reasons to blame motorcyclists for their own accidents and pay them as little as possible in an accident claim. Edith Pearce believes injured victims shouldn’t have to face insurance agents and adjusters alone.
If you are injured as the result of a mistake by a negligent driver, you should receive compensation for every dollar lost to medical bills and missed time at work and even emotional hardships you and your family have faced. Edith Pearce will fight to get the compensation that is due to any victim and is personally involved in every case that her firm represents. You will not be treated like just another file or case number.
Motorcycle Hazards In Philadelphia
Philadelphia’s historic atmosphere and bustling downtown make it much more fun to ride a bike than drive a car. Anyone who rides here should be able to safely navigate the roads.
If other drivers on the road would give proper attention to motorcyclists then more safe rides would be possible. But wherever distracted drivers use the lanes, motorcyclists will always be at risk. Drivers who cause accidents often say they couldn’t see the lower profile motorcycle in front of them or beside them. This is often an excuse for not checking mirrors and blind spots properly. Many won’t admit when they weren’t paying attention and veered into the path of an oncoming motorcycle.
The results can be catastrophic for riders who only have a helmet and clothing to protect them in an impact. The Insurance Information Institute found that motorcyclists were 27 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash per vehicle mile traveled.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation released its latest numbers that show the tragic incidents that happen every day on state roads. In 2019, they reported 2,860 motorcyclists were injured in accidents and another 174 were tragically killed.
Common Motorcycle Accidents in Philadelphia
Motorcyclists often must monitor all other drivers on the road just to steer clear of obvious accident-prone situations. Some of the most common set-ups for devastating accidents will be recognizable to many experienced riders. A few are listed below:
- Left-Turn Accidents – A driver turning left across the path of an oncoming motorcycle.
- Lane-Splitting Accidents – When a motorcyclist pulls between slow-moving or stopped traffic and shares a lane with another vehicle. A maneuver that is currently illegal in Pennsylvania.
- Lane Changing Accidents – Usually a failure to check a blind spot leads to a motorist veering over on a motorcycle traveling right beside them.
- Rear-End Accidents – Motorists will somehow misjudge the distance between them and a motorcycle ahead, running right into them.
- Intersection Accidents – Motorcyclists can take off quicker than many cars, but sometimes that’s a danger when a rider jumps out on a green light and doesn’t notice someone blowing through a red light.
- Dooring – When someone inside a stopped or parked car opens a door quickly without seeing a motorcycle coming up alongside.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do I have to file a motorcycle accident claim for damages?
The state of Pennsylvania has a two-year statute of limitations on filing a claim for damages after an accident. You must file your claim within 24 months of the date of the collision. The attorneys with The Pearce Law Firm do not recommend waiting months or years to file your claim. The sooner you file the easier it will be to gather evidence and locate documents and witnesses to prepare your argument against an insurance company.
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. You would still receive compensation based on the at-fault driver’s percentage of the blame.
If I’m a passenger on a motorcycle, and the at-fault driver was the operator of the bike I was on, can I sue him or her 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. As a passenger, you can sue anyone responsible for an accident you were hurt in. If the at-fault driver is a friend or family member you may feel conflicted filing a civil lawsuit against them. You shouldn’t look at it as “targeting” a driver you know. Your case will seek to get compensation from the motorcyclist’s insurance company and generally won’t target him or her directly. This is why people pay insurance premiums, to assist victims in their time of need.
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. This can include future treatment costs and future lost paychecks from your job. Non-economic damages are things like mental anguish and pain and suffering where it’s much more difficult to put a value on. The cost of psychological counseling may be something included in an award.
Local Philadelphia Representation
Edith Pearce is a Pennsylvania motorcycle accident lawyer whose years in the insurance industry have taught her how to get the compensation her clients are entitled to. This includes recovering expenses, replacing income, vehicle replacement, and making sure that medical bills, 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 compensation to cover your entire recovery.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a motorcycle accident in Philadelphia or anywhere in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, contact us for a free consultation to discuss your legal options.