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Motorcycle Accidents

Getting into an accident with a motorcycle can be devastating. It can result in serious injuries, property damages, and even death. When a motorcycle accident negatively affects your life, it is crucial that you get legal help for your medical bills, loss of income, and other financial losses.

If you have sustained injuries as a result of a motorcycle accident that was not your fault, your first call should be to the Philadelphia, Wilkes-Barre, and Scranton motorcycle accident lawyers at Fellerman & Ciarimboli. With offices in Philadelphia and Northeastern Pennsylvania, we are ready to assist anyone who has been injured in such a crash. We work hard to get you the compensation that you need.

The Dangers of a Motorcycle Accident

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, motorcycle deaths have been on the rise since 2008. In 2016, 4,976 motorcyclists had lost their lives and accounted for 13 percent of all motor vehicle crash deaths — more than double the number of deaths in 1997.

In Pennsylvania, motorcyclist deaths have been on the rise in since 2013. In 2016, 192 motorcycle riders had lost their lives and 3,321 were injured following a motorcycle crash. Motorcycles accounted for 17.4 percent of all fatal crashes in Pennsylvania in 2016.

Why are motorcycle accidents so fatal? Besides the vulnerability of motorcyclists, motorcycles are less stable and are more likely to lose control or even tip over than other types of motor vehicles. Along with the physical aspects of a motorcycle, operating a motorcycle takes a significant amount of skill and can become more difficult when passing through different terrains and driving environments, especially if road conditions are less than optimal.

Pennsylvania Motorcycle Helmet Law

In 2003, Pennsylvania had repealed its mandatory helmet law. However, this does not mean that anyone can ride without a helmet. According to state law, the following conditions must be met in order to ride without a helmet:

  • The driver must be over the age of 21
  • The driver has either been licensed to operate a motorcycle for two years or completed a PennDOT-approved safety course
  • The driver is riding in a three-wheeled cycle equipped with an enclosed cab

If the operator or passenger is under the age of 21, they must wear a helmet, no matter how long they have been licensed. In addition, all motorcyclists must wear eye protection that has been approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

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How Our Philadelphia Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Can Help

In most motorcycle accident cases, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant was negligent in some way. The process of proving negligence is certainly difficult for the average person. A few key aspects must be demonstrated to show negligence on behalf of the defendant:

  • The law required the defendant to drive carefully
  • The defendant did not drive carefully
  • The defendant caused the plaintiff's injuries
  • The plaintiff was injured and/or suffered losses

In addition to proving that the defendant was negligent, a personal injury attorney may also need to prove that their plaintiff was acting carefully while operating the motorcycle. With evidence, attorneys will want to establish some of the following:

  • The motorcyclist was driving carefully
  • The motorcyclist is experienced
  • The motorcyclist has had formal motorcycling safety training
  • The other driver acted more dangerously than the motorcycle driver

Our attorneys can also help a motorcyclist to obtain police reports and get statements from witnesses about the nature of the crash.

Fellerman & Ciarimboli knows how to answer all of the above questions. We know how to value a case. We are patient, and will not rush to assign a value to these items until we are certain that they are accurate. This area of the claim doesn't follow a formula. It takes years of experience to determine a fair amount and only then all factors of the case are considered including scarring, residual symptoms and permanent disability.

Contact Our Pennsylvania Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Now

At the Philadelphia law firm Fellerman & Ciarimboli, we have successfully litigated a number of cases where a motorcycle accident has tragically affected the life of a victim or victim’s loved ones. We understand how complex these accidents can be and are prepared to fight your claim both inside and outside the courtroom. We stand for the injured and will make sure your voice is heard.

Time is of the essence; don't hesitate to contact our firm a second longer. Contact our Philadelphia, Wilkes-Barre, and Scranton motorcycle accident lawyers now for a free consultation.

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