When you’ve been injured in a motorcycle collision, you need a legal team that will fight aggressively for your rights. A Philadelphia motorcycle accident lawyer from Shrager & Sachs can give you the counsel and justice you deserve. We’ve proudly protected the rights of Philadelphia citizens for years and will continue to protect yours. Our team will do everything to get you a successful settlement.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
Plenty of people enjoy riding motorcycles, especially when the weather is nice. Some people choose the open road as their main way of getting around the city, while others may prefer to save their bikes for long highway drives on the weekend. In any case, there are many responsible motorcyclists on the road at any given time. But riding a motorcycle also presents with certain risks. If a motorcyclist is in an accident with a car or large truck, they lack the protection that a passenger vehicle offers and tend to suffer from more serious injuries.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation reported that in 2017, the year’s accident totals had motorcycle accidents resulting in:
- 185 fatalities
- 3,052 injuries
- 3,275 motorcycles involved in accidents
While the total fatalities and injuries are lower than in 2016, they still mark that motorcycle accidents have a significant impact on the safety of drivers. Overall, most motor vehicle crashes occurred at an angle and collided with a fixed object. Rear-ending and sideswiping were also major kinds of crashes. These situations can easily throw a motorcyclist from their vehicle and cause devastating injuries.
What Causes Motorcycle Accidents in Philadelphia?
Some motorcycle accidents cannot be avoided but the overwhelming majority are caused by factors that can be avoided by both the driver of the passenger vehicle and the motorcyclist following safe driving practices and the laws of the road. Negligent driving can take many forms in a motorcycle vs. car crash, whether the driver of the passenger vehicle knowingly made a dangerous decision or made a mistake on the road.
The following behaviors are some of the most common reasons for motorcycle accidents.
- Aggressive Driving. When other drivers are speeding or tailgating, they give themselves less time to react to the vehicle in front of them. They may not see a motorcyclist merging or changing lanes.
- Failure to Yield or Share the Road. Sometimes, drivers aren’t good at sharing the road with motorcyclists. It could be because they’re choosing not to acknowledge a motorcyclist’s right of way, but it could also be from inexperience with sharing the road. Drivers may incorrectly gauge a motorcyclist’s speed or distance and cause an accident.
- Traffic Weaving. A motorcycle is more difficult to spot than other motor vehicles. A driver who is weaving through traffic may not spot a motorcyclist in between two cars.
- Distracted Driving. Drivers who are trying to text and drive or multitask while they’re at the wheel have a greater risk of colliding with others around them.
The Stigma Against Motorcyclists
You may be wondering about the benefits of hiring a motorcycle accident injury lawyer. There’s an unfortunate bias against motorcyclists that often occurs when they’re involved in accidents. Insurers and adjusters may be more inclined to believe that the motorcyclist caused the accident or was doing something unlawful. Your situation may be complicated further if the other side isn’t fully owning up to their actions or are trying to put some of the fault on you.
These situations could affect your claim. If you weren’t at fault for your accident, you deserve to have representation willing to stand up for you and hold the right person accountable for their unsafe actions.
The Severity of Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Motorcyclists lack the protection that a car gives its driver. At best, a motorcyclist will have a helmet and thick, long-sleeved clothing. In an accident, there’s more potential for the motorcyclist to sustain devastating injuries.
Motorcyclists are at risk of getting catastrophic injuries that could cause permanent damage or disability. Injuries with lifelong consequences include:
- Traumatic Brain Injury. Motorcyclists can still hurt their head when they are wearing a helmet. Some states don’t have any motorcycle helmet laws. Traumatic brain injuries can reduce a person’s ability to speak, process information, and may also inhibit mobility.
- Neck/Spinal Cord Injury. Injuries to the spinal cord can cause paralysis, including paraplegia and quadriplegia.
- Burn Injury. The friction from skidding on the ground could potentially cause serious burn injuries – also called road rash. There’s a chance of permanent scarring, nerve damage, and skin grafts.
- Loss of Limb. Motorcyclists can potentially lose an arm or a leg in a serious collision, or they may lose the mobility of one of their limbs.
All of these injuries could require hospitalization, surgery, and have a long path to recovery. Other injuries motorcyclists can receive are lacerations, broken bones, and bruises. These injuries may not have permanent consequences, but can be painful and will take a considerable time to heal.
Motorcycle collisions can also result in fatalities. If you’ve lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, the wrongful death lawyers at Shrager & Sachs can help you with your claim. We understand that your claim won’t be able to undo the grief you’re experiencing from suddenly losing a loved one, but we can help ease the financial burden.
Get Peace of Mind from a Philadelphia Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
You can rest assured that your attorney from Shrager & Sachs will do everything possible to find the cause of your accident and prove that the other party is at fault. Our lawyers have experience in investigating an accident and how to get the evidence needed to show that you weren’t negligent and were unfairly hurt. We’ll fight to get you compensation that covers medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
Please get in touch with our office today and schedule a free consultation. Taking this first step will help you lift the weight of the claim off your shoulders, so you can look forward to the future.