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What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident in Pennsylvania?

How Long Do I Have to File a Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit in PA?

Motorcycles are fun, fast, and inexpensive to operate. Unfortunately, there are also a great number of motorcycle accidents, some fatal, that occur each year in Pennsylvania. 

Whether you were riding on the road or on a trail, our motorcycle accident lawyers at Justice Guardians will thoroughly investigate and prepare your case so you can focus on healing.

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What Do I Do If I Crash My Motorcycle In Pennsylvania?

Motorcycles are an amazing form of transportation. They provide speed, power, and adventure. However, riding motorcycles is not without its risks. One of these risks is crashing your motorcycle.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcycle accidents account for approximately 30% of fatal traffic crashes. Crash injuries can cause serious harm to your health and lead to permanent disability. This is especially true if you crash your motorcycle in Pennsylvania. Injuries sustained in crashes involving motorcyclists include head trauma, spinal cord injury, broken bones, internal organ damage, and death.

So what should you do if involved in a motorcycle accident:

  • First, call 911 immediately. This is the first step toward receiving proper medical care.
  • Second, find out whether any witnesses saw the crash. Witnesses may provide valuable information regarding the cause of the accident.
  • Third, write down everything you remember about the accident. Write down details such as the direction of travel, weather conditions, speed limits, traffic signs, and roadway markings.
  • Fourth, note the location of the accident scene. Take pictures of the area where the accident occurred.
  • Fifth, gather evidence. Collect any debris found near the site of the accident. Note the condition of the vehicle and its parts.
  • Sixth, contact the police department. Contact the police department to report the accident. They will investigate the incident and determine fault.
  • Seventh, file a claim against the insurance company. File a claim against the insurance carrier for damages caused by the collision.
  • Eighth, consult a personal injury attorney. Consult a personal injury lawyer to discuss your case and obtain expert testimony.

What Rights Do I Have If I Am in a Motorcycle Accident in Pennsylvania?

Motorcycles are one of the most popular vehicles used for transportation. They provide an affordable means of transport, especially for those living in rural areas. However, motorcycles are dangerous machines that can cause serious injuries and death.

In order to protect yourself against these risks, you may be entitled to compensation after suffering an injury due to another person's negligence.

Pennsylvania law provides several rights and protections for motorcycle riders. This includes the right to receive medical care following an accident, the right to file a lawsuit against the responsible party, and the right to recover damages for pain and suffering.

If you believe that you have been injured due to another person's negligence, contact our office immediately. We can review your case and advise you on your legal rights. We offer free consultations and accept cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that we will represent you for free unless we win your case.

How Do I Get Compensation for My Motorcycle Accident?

Motorcycles are an amazing mode of transportation. They provide speed, agility, and power. However, motorcycles come with risks. If you're involved in a motorcycle accident, you may suffer serious injuries. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), 3,398 crashes in 2020 involved motorcycles. Nearly 93% of these accidents resulted in injuries or fatalities, with 215 deaths.

In addition, you may face significant medical expenses. And if you don't have insurance, you may find yourself struggling to pay for these costs. Fortunately, there are several types of compensation available to injured motorcyclists.

Here are three common types of compensation you may receive after a motorcycle accident:

#1. Medical Expenses

Medical bills can add up quickly. That's why it's important to seek compensation for medical expenses after a motorcycle accident. This compensation can include payments for emergency room visits, hospital stays, doctor visits, prescriptions, physical therapy, rehabilitation services, and much more.

#2. Lost Income

After a motorcycle accident, you might miss work due to pain and injury. You might also struggle to return to work. If you're unable to work, you'll need compensation for lost wages.

This compensation can include payments for missed work days, reduced hours, and unpaid leave.

#3. Property Damage

Property damage caused by a motorcycle accident can result in expensive repairs. Fortunately, you can recover compensation for property damage after a motorcycle accident. For example, you may be eligible for payments for vehicle repair costs, rental car costs, and any other damages to your vehicle. 

These are just a few examples of the types of compensation you may be entitled to after a motorcycle accident. To learn more about your rights, contact our office today.

Should I Hire a Lawyer for my Motorcycle Accident in Pennsylvania?

If you were injured in a motorcycle collision involving multiple parties, you may need to hire a lawyer to ensure that everyone pays their fair share of compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

This means that you may need to hire an attorney to negotiate settlements with insurance companies, collect evidence, and file lawsuits against those responsible for causing your injury. It also means that you may need a lawyer to prepare expert witness reports and testify in court.

How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After a Motorcycle Accident in Pennsylvania?

In such cases, victims may file a lawsuit against the responsible party. This is usually done after the statute of limitations has expired.

However, the statute of limitations for filing a motorcycle accident lawsuit varies depending on the state. For example, in Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations is two years. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident in Pennsylvania, you have until two years after the incident occurred to file a claim.

What does this mean for you? If you were injured in an accident involving a motor vehicle in Pennsylvania, you have two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit.

Injured in a Pennsylvania Motorcycle Accident? Speak to an Attorney Today

Motorcycle accidents are, unfortunately, a regular occurrence in Pennsylvania. Our motorcycle accident lawyers have seen it all, from side-swipe collisions to head-on collisions, rear-end accidents, T-bone accidents, and accidents where our clients were hit by commercial trucks, buses, and delivery vans.

At Justice Guardians, our motorcycle accident lawyers start your client experience off the right way. We ensure you understand the process for a motorcycle accident claim. Our lawyers answer your questions, and we set out a plan after thoroughly researching and investigating your motorcycle accident. We know how to aggressively deal with insurance companies.

Whether you suffered neck pain, back pain, concussion, broken bones, or a loved one was killed in an auto accident, our lawyers can help you navigate the complex civil litigation system in order to get justice.

Contact us today for a free consultation if you were injured in a motorcycle accident.

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David Petrone
Date Published: September 16, 2022
David Petrone is a personal injury attorney at Justice Guardians.
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