Recovering Compensation After a Motorcycle Accident in Pennsylvania

motorcycle driver's view of driving on rural road
August 7, 2019
Legally Reviewed By Attorney Rand Spear, Esq.

There are many different types of vehicles on the road in Pennsylvania at any given time of the day. Out of these, motorcycles are the smallest of them. It is because of their size that these vehicles can be very dangerous and highly susceptible to accidents. According to statistics, a motorcyclist’s chance of dying in an accident is 18 times greater than passengers in other automobiles. In addition to their size, motorcycles do not offer any protection to their riders from hazards on the road. This is why motorcyclists can sustain serious injuries if they are involved in an accident with another vehicle on the road. This can include broken bones, concussions, spinal cord damage, and brain injuries. It is because of this that riders should be extra cautious while on the road.

Causes of Accidents

There are some accidents that may happen simply due to a person’s own mistakes or wrongdoing. However, one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents is negligent driving. When drivers, including motorcyclists, do not follow the rules of the road and operate their vehicles safely, they can cause great harm to others sharing the road with them. There are many ways a motorcycle accident can happen, including the following:

  • Distracted driving
  • Dangerous driving
  • Drunk driving
  • Defective motorcycle parts
  • Poor weather

It is important to know that drivers who cause accidents and injuries due to their own negligence can be held liable for the harm they cause to others.

Receiving Compensation

Injured victims of personal injury accidents often want to hold the party who harmed them liable for their behavior. This can be done through a personal injury lawsuit in which they are required to prove the other party acted negligently, thus causing their injuries. This can be done by satisfying the burden of proof with evidence. Evidence can include medical documentation of the injuries, pictures of the scene of the accident, and eye-witnesses to the incident.

If the motorcyclist is successful in proving negligence, they may be eligible to recover compensation. This provides coverage for any damages that may stem from the accident, allowing the individual to recover from the accident without worry. Compensation can be pursued for the following damages:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Medical care
  • Rehabilitation costs
  • Loss of current and future wages
  • Funeral expenses in the event of wrongful deaths

Contact our Firm

If you or a loved one has been in a personal injury accident in Pennsylvania, it’s important that you contact an experienced Philadelphia personal injury attorney to help you with your case. Contact Spear Greenfield to get the right attorney in your corner.