Because of the nature of motorcycle-versus-car collisions in Pennsylvania, the biker often suffers severe injuries, and may even have significant impairments for the rest of their life. For both the rider and their family, this type of crash is life-altering. They often face physical and emotional injuries, as well as serious financial implications. A motorcycle accident lawyer in Bucks County might be able to help you pursue compensation for these damages.
At Cordisco & Saile LLC, we strive to help the victims of motorcycle accidents and their families to recover from their injuries. A financial payout makes it easier to pay for treatment or ongoing care. If you or an immediate family member suffered a serious injury because of another driver’s careless or reckless actions, we might be able to help you recover compensation.
Call us today at 215-642-2335 for your free case review.
Damages Available After a Bucks County Motorcycle Accident
Medical expenses add up quickly after a serious motorcycle crash. Spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, burn injuries, and limb amputations are all common. Our team will try to help you recover the cost of your treatment and rehabilitation, including:
- The cost of emergency transportation from the accident scene;
- The cost of treatment, including surgery and hospitalization;
- Prescription drug costs and pain management;
- Inpatient rehabilitation;
- Physical therapy, occupational therapy, and other prescribed therapies;
- Any necessary medical equipment, such as a hospital bed or wheelchair;
- Ongoing and future care costs;
- The cost of reconstructive surgery for burns and other disfiguring injuries; and
- Prosthetics, in the event of a limb amputation.
We will also fight for compensation to help pay some of the other costs you have incurred. These expenses could include:
- Renovations to your home for wheelchair accessibility or other necessity;
- Lost wages for time away from work;
- Diminished earning capacity, if you cannot return to work;
- Lost retirement and pension, if you cannot return to work; and
- The cost of paying for help with household tasks you can no longer perform.
There may also be damages available for the property damage you suffered, such as:
- The repair or replacement of your motorcycle;
- Replacement of your helmet and other damaged protective gear; and
- Replacement of any other damaged accessories or personal property, such as your smartphone.
Finally, we will pursue a payout for you based on your non-economic damages, like:
- Pain and suffering damages;
- Mental anguish and emotional distress;
- Loss of enjoyment of life; and
- Loss of consortium, for the spouse of the injured party.
If your case goes to court, the judge might award punitive damages on your behalf. This occurs when the judge believes the liable party acted in a purposeful or willfully negligent way. For example, if the driver was drinking at the time of the accident, you might be eligible for punitive damages.
Proving Liability in a Bucks County Motorcycle Crash
To win your case, we will need to prove exactly how the driver of another vehicle caused your crash. To do this, we often conduct a full investigation and may even enlist the help of an accident reconstruction expert.
Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents are:
- Failure to yield the right-of-way to the motorcyclist;
- Improper lane changes, often without a turn signal;
- Drunk or drugged driving, distracted driving, or driving while sleepy;
- Following the motorcycle too closely and causing a rear-end crash;
- Opening their car door into the street with an oncoming motorcycle;
- Poorly maintained roads; and
- Motorcycle defects.
In any of these situations, we can collect the evidence necessary to prove a third party acted negligently. With this proof, we can build a strong case and try to hold them financially responsible for your accident-related expenses and other losses.
Motorcycle Accident Liability and the Pennsylvania Helmet Law
Under Pennsylvania state law, you must wear a helmet unless:
- You are over age 21; and
- You have two years experience riding; or
- You completed an approved safety course.
Your helmet must meet the strict standards set by the United States Department of Transportation, have a DOT sticker on the helmet, and have a label stating the:
- Name of the manufacturer;
- Model of the helmet;
- Size; and
- Manufacturing date.
You must also wear eyewear to protect you from flying debris that might impair your vision.
If You Were Not Wearing a Helmet When You Crashed
You could face an uphill battle if you were not wearing a helmet and you suffered injuries to your head or face. The insurance company representing the responsible party will likely claim you could have prevented some of your injuries if you were wearing more protective equipment. We will fight this claim, but it could lead to a reduced payout in some cases.
The Role of a Motorcycle Accident Attorney in Your Case
The insurance company is not on your side. An insurance adjuster’s goal is to get a quick settlement in your case, so they can begin paying out before your medical bills start to arrive. This is why it is key to understand the full extent of your injuries and discuss your case with an attorney before signing anything.
When you enlist our help, we will investigate your accident and take an honest look at the extent of your physical, emotional, and financial damages. We will help you see what a fair settlement looks like, and we will not settle for less.
We know how to counter the tactics insurance companies use to try to reduce an accident victim’s payout. We will aggressively negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance company or take your case to trial and ask a judge to award you a fair payout.
Talk to a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer From Bucks County Today.
Under the statute of limitations, we only have two years to take action and file a lawsuit against the liable party to collect compensation in your motorcycle accident case. This may seem like a long time, but it pays to act quickly so we can build a strong case and fight for the full payout you deserve.
Call our Bucks County office today at 215-642-2335 for your free consultation with a member of the Cordisco & Saile LLC motorcycle accident team.