Even the most defensive motorcyclists can experience an accident. With traffic congestion increasing in many cities and distracted driving on the rise, all it takes is a lapse in concentration from one motorist for a catastrophe to occur. Because motorcycles lack many of the protections of a car, truck, or SUV, the rider often bears the brunt of a crash, suffering severe injuries and extensive property damage.
Motorcycle accident injuries often include head trauma, broken bones, and neck and other spinal injuries. Extensive and costly medical care often follows a crash. Sometimes, even with months or years of rehabilitation, the rider never fully recovers.
Even with a full recovery, the psychological trauma from a motorcycle accident often does not go away easily. The rider might have flashbacks to the event or develop an extreme fear of getting back on a motorcycle, causing them to cease an activity that once gave them enjoyment.
The attorneys at Cordisco & Saile LLC focus on personal injury law, helping motorcycle accident victims receive the compensation they deserve after a crash. If you were in an accident, we want to help you put your life back together. We offer free initial consultations to new clients, and we do not collect a fee until we recover money for you. To schedule an appointment with a motorcycle accident lawyer in Middletown, call our office today at 215-642-2335.
Who Is Responsible for My Motorcycle Accident Injuries?
A motorcycle accident can occur for a variety of reasons. The effects of a wreck are often devastating for riders. In many motorcycle crashes, one or more motorists were at fault, often because they did one of the following:
- Failed to yield the right of way;
- Made an unsafe lane change;
- Exceeded the posted speed limit;
- Drove under the influence of alcohol or drugs;
- Followed too closely; or
- Opened a car door into a motorcycle’s path.
Sometimes, a party other than a motorist is partly or fully at fault for an accident. For instance, a state or municipal government might fail to maintain safe road conditions or a vehicle or part manufacturer might install a defective component on a car or motorcycle.
Regardless of who the responsible party or parties are in your crash, we gather the evidence we need to build a strong case against them, helping to ensure that you receive the fair compensation you deserve. To set up your free consultation with one of our motorcycle accident attorneys in Middletown, PA, call us today.
What Damages Can I Recover After a Motorcycle Accident in Middletown?
If someone else was responsible for your motorcycle accident, you might be eligible to receive several types of compensation. This money would cover your economic and non-economic losses.
Economic losses include all damages that you can quantify in dollar terms, such as:
- Current and future medical costs;
- Lost wages and reduced earning capacity;
- Emergency transportation to a hospital or medical facility; and
- Property damage.
Then there are non-economic losses, which are less tangible and more subjective. These can provide compensation for:
- Pain and suffering;
- Emotional anguish;
- Loss of enjoyment of life; and
- Loss of consortium.
If your loved one lost their life in a motorcycle accident, we can pursue a wrongful death claim against the responsible party. In extreme cases where the responsible party’s actions constituted reckless or malicious behavior, we can seek punitive damages. A court awards this type of compensation on top of all other damages for which you are eligible. Punitive damages punish the responsible party for their actions.
Can I Still Recover Damages If I Was Not Wearing a Helmet?
Pennsylvania law does not require motorcyclists to wear a helmet unless they are under 21 years old or lack two years of riding experience. Riders of three-wheeled motorcycles are exempt from wearing a helmet regardless of age or experience level.
That said, failing to wear a helmet can present additional challenges when trying to recover damages from the responsible party in a motorcycle accident. The responsible party and their attorney will probably claim that your lack of helmet made your injuries worse than they otherwise would have been, so you bear some of the liability for your damages.
Our attorneys can anticipate such a challenge and build a strong case that helps you recover the largest settlement possible in your case.
Do Not Speak With the Insurance Company Without Speaking to Us First.
In the case of many motorcycle accidents, recovering compensation requires dealing with one or more party’s insurance company. This process is fraught with challenges. Despite what TV commercials might lead you to believe, insurance companies do not always have accident victims’ best interests at heart.
If another party caused your motorcycle accident and the fault was obvious, you might get a call from their insurance company in the days following the crash. Chances are, the insurer will offer you a fast settlement and make it look attractive by emphasizing how quickly you can get paid. If you are anticipating costly medical bills or you have to miss work and are not getting a regular paycheck, the allure of a quick settlement can be tempting.
However, if you accept the initial offer the insurance company puts in front of you, you almost always end up forfeiting money that should be yours. That is why you should never accept an insurance company’s call before speaking with one of our motorcycle accident attorneys. We can deal with the insurance company on your behalf, helping you get paid the full compensation you deserve as quickly as possible.
You Can Count on Cordisco & Saile LLC to Help You With Your Motorcycle Accident Claim.
Since motorcycle accidents often involve severe injuries and extensive property damage, thousands of dollars could be at stake in your case. That means your choice of legal representation matters a great deal. At Cordisco & Saile LLC, our legal team focuses on helping motorcycle accident victims recover the compensation they deserve after a crash. We have helped many victims win fair compensation, and we want to put our extensive resources to work for you. For a free consultation and case review, call us today at 215-642-2335.