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Allentown Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

As the roads get more crowded with vehicles, the risk of serious collisions for motorcyclists is increasing. Motorcyclists are more vulnerable than other motorists and often suffer severe and debilitating injuries in accidents. At Cordisco & Saile LLC, our team fights for motorcycle accident victims to get them the justice and compensation they deserve. Put our Allentown motorcycle accident attorneys to work for you.

This page has been written and edited by a team of experienced legal writers . This page was approved by Managing Partner, Michael Saile who has more than 20 years of legal experience as a personal injury attorney.

This page has been written and edited by a team of experienced legal writers . This page was approved by Managing Partner, Michael Saile who has more than 20 years of legal experience as a personal injury attorney.

Key Takeaways
  • Motorcyclists are at an increased risk of injury or wrongful death in motor vehicle accidents. 
  • Motorcycle accident victims have a legal right to seek compensation for injuries and losses, including medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages.  
  • Family members of those who die from motorcycle accidents may be eligible to pursue compensation through a wrongful death case. 
  • Motorcyclists comprise about 13.8 percent of all crash victims in the United States.
  • Common causes of motorcycle crashes include drunk and distracted driving.
  • Working with Cordisco & Saile LLC will protect your rights and fight for the compensation you deserve.

Why Hire Cordisco & Saile To Fight Your Motorcycle Accident Case?

Motorcyclists have little protection in a collision. Thus, motorcycle accidents often cause catastrophic injuries that pose lifelong challenges. Along with physical injuries, you also may face significant medical debt, lost wages, and other financial issues that cause considerable stress and frustration. 

By working with an Allentown motorcycle accident attorney, you can protect your rights and seek compensation for your losses. Our award-winning law firm has a team of nationally recognized personal injury lawyers with decades of combined experience. 

Additionally, we have a long track record of successful results. One highlight is a $2,900,000 settlement for a motorcyclist who suffered a traumatic brain injury when a corporate box truck improperly blocked his lane.

You don’t have to take our word for it. Testimonials from satisfied clients attest to the advantages of working with our dedicated and compassionate personal injury lawyers.  

Let our award-winning team handle all the details. We’re personal injury lawyers who fight for our clients in Bucks County, Montgomery County, the Lehigh Valley, Philadelphia, and throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

What Does a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Do?

After a motorcyclist is involved in an accident, the resulting injuries and financial fallout can be catastrophic. Motorcyclists often suffer severe or life-threatening injuries that take many months or years to heal. Some end up with life-changing disabilities or struggle financially from being unable to work. 

Choosing the right Allentown law firm to represent you in court is critical to ensure you receive the full compensation you deserve. A motorcycle accident attorney will do the following:

  1. Investigate your accident, determine how it happened, and identify those responsible.
  2. Gather evidence, such as witness statements and videos of the collision.
  3. Evaluate your losses, including the economic, non-economic, and punitive damages available to you, so you can seek the full compensation you’re entitled to by law. 
  4. Negotiate with the insurer. Insurers aren’t your friends and often don’t have your best interests at heart. Your attorney will advocate on your behalf to obtain a fair settlement.
  5. Prepare and file paperwork with the insurance company and court.
  6. Represent you in court if a settlement cannot be reached.

If a loved one has died from a motorcycle accident, a wrongful death lawyer can help the victim’s family file a claim against at-fault drivers and other liable parties.

Leading Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Because motorcycles are much smaller than most vehicles, drivers may not see them. Motorcycle accidents often occur because the other driver fails to notice them in the lane. 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 5,932 motorcyclists died in traffic accidents in 2021—the highest number since the agency began collecting data in 1975. Motorcyclist deaths accounted for 13.8 percent of all traffic deaths in the country. In Pennsylvania, 211 people died in motorcycle accidents. 

These deaths often resulted from the following types of accidents: 

  • Broadside collisions
  • Overturns
  • Collisions with an object
  • Rear-end collisions
  • Sideswipe collisions

The top causes of crashes in 2021 were traveling at unsafe speeds and alcohol-impaired driving. Other common causes and factors of motorcycle accidents include the following:

  • Driving with limited experience
  • Sudden stops
  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Lane splitting
  • Reckless driving

Whatever the cause of your accident, you deserve solid representation to seek all compensation you’re owed under the law.

Common Injuries in Motorcycle Accident Cases

Because motorcyclists have little protection on the road, motorcycle accidents can result in severe—even lifelong—injuries. Some of the most common injuries that result from motorcycle accidents include the following:

  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Road rash
  • Skull fractures
  • Limb amputations
  • Concussions
  • Burns
  • Brain injuries
  • Wrongful death

Handling a legal claim while dealing with such injuries can be too overwhelming. Working with a Pennsylvania wrongful death lawyer can ensure your case gets handled correctly while you focus on your recovery.

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Compensation for Motorcycle Crash Victims

Motorcycle crash victims in Pennsylvania can receive many different types of compensation, depending on the circumstances of the crash. Some types include payment of your medical bills, compensation for lost and future wages, compensation for property damage, and pain and suffering.

Medical Expenses

Medical bills can add up after a motorcycle accident, and you may have ongoing medical issues requiring treatment because of your injuries. Compensation for medical expenses can include one or more of the following, including reasonable future costs:

  • Doctor visits and examinations
  • Surgery and hospitalization bills
  • Tests and screenings
  • Therapy, including physical therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy
  • Rehabilitation facility fees
  • Medication, including prescription and over-the-counter medications
  • Medical equipment

Lost Wages

Compensation for lost wages may include three possibilities, depending on the severity of your injuries and whether they affected your future ability to work. The first is available to anyone who had to miss work in the past due to an accident and usually includes any lost paid time off.

The second possibility is for crash victims who can never return to work because of a disability caused by their injuries. This form of compensation includes any future wages you would have earned until retirement age. In addition, further compensation is available if your inability to return to work means you will not be eligible for your full retirement or pension.

Finally, the third possibility is for victims who can return to work but no longer have the same earning capacity as before the accident. Sometimes this is called diminished earning capacity damages, and it is compensation for the difference between your future earning capacity before the accident and after the accident. To get this form of damages, you will usually need expert testimony about your previous earning capacity and how it was affected by the accident.

Pain and Suffering

Pain and suffering damages include compensation for emotional distress due to the accident and the emotional effects of your injuries. Pain and suffering can be challenging to measure and may require an expert witness.

Wrongful Death

Compensation for wrongful death is available for some individuals who have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident. Wrongful death suits can be filed by one or more of the following:

  • Spouse
  • Child
  • Parent
  • The personal representative of the deceased person’s estate

In a wrongful death suit, damages may include the loss of the victim’s future earnings, the loss of the person’s love and companionship, and any out-of-pocket expenses.

Understanding Liability in Motorcycle Accidents

Liability in a collision can be tricky. However, the driver who caused the accident is typically held liable. Sometimes, additional parties can be held liable, including the following:

  • Mechanics who worked on a car or motorcycle involved in an accident
  • Manufacturers of defective motorcycle and auto parts
  • Employers of commercial drivers 
  • Road maintenance contractors 
  • Government entities responsible for road maintenance

Liability also can be complicated if more than one driver contributed to the crash. Pennsylvania has a comparative negligence law allowing you to seek compensation if you are less than 51 percent at fault for the accident. However, your recovery will be reduced in proportion to your share of the fault.

You cannot recover any compensation if you are 51 percent or more at fault for the accident.

What To Do After a Motorcycle Accident

After a motorcycle crash, there are several steps you need to take to protect yourself:

  1. Seek medical treatment. Your priority should be your health. Call 911 immediately, even if you don’t think you need medical care. Delayed-onset injuries can appear after the shock of the accident subsides, so it’s best to see a doctor. 
  2. Collect evidence. Ask witnesses for contact information, exchange insurance information with the other drivers, and take photos. If you can take notes or a video, those are helpful pieces of evidence as well.
  3. Limit your discussions. At this point, you need to protect your best interests. Limit what you say to the police or others involved. Do not apologize, and keep any statements you make factual. 
  4. Report the accident. Report the collision to the police and your insurance company as soon as possible. When you speak with them, limit the conversation and only make the statements you need to create a report. Don’t assume that your insurance company has your best interests at heart.
  5. Contact an Allentown motorcycle accident lawyer: Finally, contact our team at Cordisco & Saile LLC to speak with an attorney who can help. The sooner you call, the better. We will help evaluate and investigate your case, discuss the situation, negotiate a settlement with your insurance provider, and take your case to court to represent your best interests if necessary.

Contact an Allentown Motorcycle Injury Lawyer Today

Cordisco & Saile LLC is the right choice when you’re looking for an Allentown motorcycle accident attorney. Our lawyers fight hard for you to ensure you have the best chance of getting fair compensation for everything you’ve been through. 

Contact us online or at 215-642-2335 for a free consultation.

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