Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Bucks County
If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident, then you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. An experienced Bucks County motorcycle accident lawyer, like one of the professionals at Cordisco & Saile LLC, can help you evaluate your case and even possibly get you a cash settlement depending on what happened in your case. Read on for more information about motorcycle accident cases in Pennsylvania.
What Is My Motorcycle Accident Case Worth?
What your case is worth depends on a number of factors. These may include the following:
- The circumstances surrounding the accident
- The extent of your injuries
- Whether your own negligence contributed to the accident, and if so, by how much
The best way to find out how much your case may be worth is by contacting a local, experienced personal injury attorney in Bucks County.
Available Damages for Motorcycle Crash Victims
Under Pennsylvania law, many types of damages may be available to motorcycle crash victims. More information about the most common types is provided below.
Most people would expect to be paid for medical expenses following a motorcycle accident, but many may not realize the complexity or extent of medical expenses. Depending on the circumstances of your case, these may include:
- Medical treatment costs, including doctor visits, surgeries, and hospitalizations
- Therapy costs, including physical therapy and occupational therapy
- Medication costs, including for pain management
- Medical equipment costs
In addition, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical costs in the future. Medical expenses don’t necessarily end just because you have reached a settlement or filed suit.
Lost Wages, Both in the Past and in the Future
If you miss work because of your injuries, you should be paid for lost wages. This may include loss of vacation time or sick time.
If you cannot return to work because of your injuries, then you may be entitled to compensation for the lost wages you would have earned until retirement age. In addition, if you cannot collect a full retirement or pension because of your inability to work, you may also receive compensation.
If you are able to work but have a lower earning capacity because of your work, you may receive compensation for the difference. Your injuries may have affected your ability to work so that you are only capable of performing a lower-paying job than you were able to perform before your injuries. In that case, you should receive compensation for the loss of your future earnings that you could have made if not for your injuries. This often requires expert testimony to establish your earning potential if not for the accident and how your earning potential has been impacted.
If your motorcycle or other property was damaged in the accident, you may be entitled to repair or replacement costs. You may also receive compensation for other property damaged in the accident, such as your helmet.
Pain and Suffering
Pain and suffering damages can be difficult to measure. They include any emotional distress that you incurred because of the motorcycle accident itself, as well as any emotional distress that you experienced because of your injuries.
If you are the surviving spouse, child, or parent of someone who died in a motorcycle accident, or you are the personal representative of the deceased person’s estate, then you may be able to sue for wrongful death. In a wrongful death suit brought by a family member, the damages may include the loss of the victim’s future earnings and the loss of the person’s love and companionship, as well as any out-of-pocket expenses.
Common Injuries We Handle in Motorcycle Accident Cases
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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.
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.
Why Choose Cordisco & Saile LLC to Represent You?
If you need a motorcycle accident lawyer in Bucks County, then Cordisco & Saile LLC is the best choice. The attorneys at Cordisco & Saile LLC have years of experience representing victims of motorcycle accidents. One of our motorcycle accident lawyers will be able to evaluate your case and give you the best chance at getting compensation for your injuries.
We have a track record of obtaining large settlements for our clients. In one case, we got a $2.9 million settlement for a client who suffered a traumatic brain injury following a motorcycle accident.
Talk to a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in 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.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How long do I have to file an injury claim in Pennsylvania?
You have a relatively short time to file suit against someone who negligently caused your injuries in a motorcycle accident. In Pennsylvania, you must file suit within two years of the accident.
What should I do after a motorcycle accident in Bucks County?
After a motorcycle accident, the first thing you should do is take care of yourself. Do not delay in seeking medical treatment. After you've been checked out and have reached a stable condition, contact an experienced Buck's County personal injury attorney immediately to help you with your next steps.
What are the leading causes of motorcycle accidents?
Most motorcycle accidents with other vehicles occur because the driver of the other vehicle did not see the motorcycle. Motorcycles are smaller with a lower profile than cars, making them harder to see. The most common circumstances surrounding motorcycle accidents include the following;
- Collisions at intersections. Approximately 35 percent of motorcycle accidents in 2020 occurred at intersections.
- Left turns. Approximately 42 percent of fatal motorcycle accidents with other vehicles in 2020 involved the other vehicle turning left and hitting a motorcycle in the process.
- Speeding. Often, an automobile or motorcycle driver is speeding at the time of the accident.
Contrary to popular misconceptions, most motorcycle accidents involving fatalities occur despite the motorcycle driver's care. In most cases, the following are true:
- The motorcycle driver was not impaired by alcohol.
- The accident occurred during daylight hours.
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