When motorcycles are involved in collisions, the consequences are often severe. While safety equipment can reduce or prevent some injury, the speed and forces involved can result in catastrophic injury for motorcyclists.
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, you may need legal representation. A Philadelphia motorcycle accident lawyer from Youman & Caputo can help. We have extensive experience handling cases involving serious injury and a demonstrated ability to maximize compensation for our clients. In fact, we have recovered over $850 million dollars in settlements and verdicts. When you are ready, call today for a free and confidential case evaluation.
In a collision, there is nothing between a motorcyclist, the other vehicle, and the road. As a result, injuries to motorcyclists are often significant. These can include:
Additionally, not all motorcycle accidents involve actual collisions with a vehicle. In many cases, vehicles maneuver unexpectedly or change lanes without seeing or noticing the motorcycle, forcing the rider to swerve or lay their bike down to avoid a collision. Our motor vehicle accident attorneys in Philadelphia understand how to fight for the rights of bikers injured by careless drivers.
Unfortunately, motorcyclists often face bias in the event of an accident. Law enforcement, insurance companies, and even witnesses may have preconceived notions about the rider’s responsibility for a crash. Therefore, it is vital that injured cyclists speak with an experienced attorney. A Philadelphia motorcycle accident lawyer can conduct a thorough investigation into the accident and collect evidence to overcome this bias and prove that another party may be responsible.
Additionally, insurance companies are notorious for taking steps to devalue or deny valid claims. An attorney can take over all interaction with insurers and work to recover full and fair compensation for your injuries. While Pennsylvania is a choice no-fault state with a full tort or limited tort insurance option, injured motorcyclists are always considered full tort if they have motorcycle insurance in the state. This means that they are eligible to recover damages (financial compensation) for pain and suffering even if they do not suffer permanent injury.
In motorcycle accidents, victims may be entitled to compensation for:
While most injury claims are resolved through settlement with insurers, in the event that a fair settlement cannot be reached, a Philadelphia catastrophic injury attorney can take your case to trial on your behalf.
In Pennsylvania, motorcyclists generally have two years from the date of the accident to file a claim. This time frame is referred to as the statute of limitations. While two years may seem like a long time, it is important to speak with an attorney as soon as possible if you believe you may have a case.
Important evidence such as tire skid marks, eyewitness testimony, or surveillance footage may disappear or become unreliable over time. If your injuries are severe, it takes time to fully document the extent of your injuries and estimate what your future medical needs may be. Additionally, there are certain circumstances that can lengthen or shorten the statute of limitations.
You don’t have to deal with the aftermath of a serious injury alone. If you or a loved one have been injured in a preventable motorcycle accident, our attorneys can help. Call Youman & Caputo for a free and confidential case evaluation today.
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