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In 2003, Pennsylvania had repealed its mandatory helmet law.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.