The aftermath of a serious motorcycle accident can leave victims and their families feeling overwhelmed. If you suffered injuries in a motorcycle crash, you may worry about how to keep up with bills, chronic physical pain, and missed time from work. You may also wonder how to hold those responsible for the accident accountable for these losses.
You do not have to face these battles alone. The attorneys at Cordisco & Saile LLC can help. We pride ourselves on our customer service and treat each client with the respect they deserve.
Our award-winning trial advocacy has helped victims such as yourself recover maximum compensation for life-altering accidents. We provide free case evaluations to victims of motorcycle accidents. Call 215-642-2335 today to schedule your no-obligation consultation with a motorcycle accident lawyer in Bensalem.
Who is responsible for my motorcycle accident injuries?
If another driver’s negligence caused your crash, they are responsible for the losses you have suffered as a result. Negligent driving occurs any time a motorist fails to uphold their duty of care to keep others on the road reasonably safe from harm. This can occur in a variety of situations, including:
- Driving while intoxicated;
- Distracted driving;
- Reckless behavior behind the wheel;
- Changing lanes without signaling;
- Failing to look for motorcycles when backing up, turning, or entering a roadway;
- Ignoring traffic signs and signals; and
Due to their low profile, motorcycles are particularly vulnerable to accidents. That, coupled with their lack of safety features, means motorcyclists face danger every time they ride.
What if I was partially at fault for my motorcycle wreck?
When we file your personal injury claim, the other driver’s insurance company may try to blame you for your injuries. This is especially true if you were not wearing a helmet. Pennsylvania law requires all motorcyclists under 21 to wear a helmet. If you are over age 21, this rule may not apply if you either have two years or riding experience or have completed an approved motorcycle safety course.
Furthermore, if you engaged in any reckless behaviors—like speeding or lane splitting—you may bear some of the blame for your wreck. Our attorneys can still help you recover partial compensation. Under Pennsylvania’s modified comparative negligence statute, you can still recover damages for your injuries, as long as you were less than 51 percent responsible for the crash.
How much compensation can I recover after a motorcycle crash?
If your crash occurred because of someone else’s negligence, we can hold that party responsible for your damages. The specific amount of compensation we can recover in your case will depend on the details surrounding your motorcycle accident.
While we cannot provide you with a precise claim value until we go over the details of your crash, most motorcycle crash victims are eligible for certain damages after an accident.
You can recover economic damages, or damages for which you have invoices, bills, statements of accounts, or evidence of a specific dollar amount. These would include the cost of any medical care you received, emergency transport after the crash, hospitalizations, prescription drug treatments, and any post-treatment rehabilitation. We can also include your lost wages from any time you spent unable to work during your recovery.
You may also recover non-economic damages, or those that are difficult to value. Pain and suffering is a common category of non-economic damages, because it has no distinct price or cost. Despite this, our lawyers will work to provide you with an accurate dollar value of these emotional damages.
Keeping a careful record of all of your medical expenses, receipts for prescriptions, costs to repair or replace your motorcycle, a mileage log for treatment-related travel, and other out-of-pocket expenses will help your case. We will put in the work to show proof of any other damages you have incurred due to your crash.
After we come up with accurate numbers for your claim, we will file your claim and begin negotiations with the insurance company to win you compensation.
How can I deal with the other driver’s insurance company?
If you have not yet spoken with the at-fault driver’s insurance adjuster, call us before you do. Any insurance company—even your own—can use the information you volunteer as evidence to reduce your claim or deny it completely. We can deal directly with the insurer while you recover. This is the best way to protect your right to full compensation.
If you have already spoken to an insurance adjuster for the at-fault party, you may have noticed an attempt to shortchange you. Unfortunately, this is a common tactic. Many insurers hope to lure accident victims into an early settlement so they can avoid paying more later. They may offer an immediate payout that will cover the bills you currently owe, but this low settlement will do nothing to pay for the future medical care costs you will face down the road.
Our attorneys understand these tactics and know how to defend you against them. We will handle every step of the claims process by collecting the evidence we need to prove your injuries, the other party’s fault, and your total damages. Then, we will file a claim with the at-fault party’s insurer and begin the negotiation process. We will not stop until you receive a fair settlement to aid in your recovery process.
If the insurance company refuses to come to a fair agreement, we will take your case to court. We have an experienced trial team that can employ technology and other evidentiary presentation methods to make your case as compelling to a jury as possible.
Cordisco & Saile LLC has the experience you can trust.
You have been through a difficult ordeal. At Cordisco & Saile LLC, we want to help you put the worst behind you. Our first priority is helping our clients get the justice they deserve after an injury. We are available to answer any questions you may have about your claim and the legal process we use to get compensation.
If you are ready to put us to work, call 215-642-2335 to get started today.