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Pennsylvania Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Motorcyclists are some of the most vulnerable folks on the road. Motorcyclists involved in accidents often suffer severe, life-altering injuries with substantial monetary losses.  If you or someone you love was injured in a motorcycle accident, the Pennsylvania motorcycle accident lawyers at Cordisco & Saile LLC can guide you through your legal options and help you take action against the responsible parties. 

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.

 Pennsylvania motorcyclists injured in an accident may be entitled to file a claim for compensation against an at-fault driver or other liable party. If someone else’s negligence or recklessness caused you to suffer injuries in a motorcycle accident, an accident claim could help you access the necessary resources to rebuild your life. 

Cordisco & Saile LLC is dedicated to helping victims of motorcycle accidents seek justice, closure, and compensation. You do not have to face this challenging ordeal alone—our award-winning Pennsylvania motorcycle accident attorneys are here to guide you through each step of the legal process. Get help today by calling our team at (215) 642-2335 for a free consultation.

Why Choose the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Accident Lawyers at Cordisco & Saile?

At Cordisco & Saile, LLC, we’ve represented injured people throughout Pennsylvania for over 30 years. During that time, our lawyers have achieved millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for our clients. 

We have obtained many successful results for motorcycle accident victims, including a $2.9 million settlement for a motorcyclist who suffered a traumatic brain injury and multiple bone fractures when a corporate box truck blocked his lane. Some of the nation’s most distinguished legal organizations, including the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, the National Trial Lawyers, and the American Trial Lawyers Association, have recognized our team

Numerous positive testimonials from former clients further demonstrate our commitment to supporting injury victims and their loved ones. Here is one example:

"I am very grateful for the help I received from the lawyers at Cordisco & Saile and their associate Maria. They explained the legal processes every step of the way in this long procedure. Although it might sound cliché, but they honestly treated me like family. Any time I had a question they were always quick to answer even on the weekend. I have become a client of Cordisco & Saile for life and I would definitely recommend their services to all of my friends and family."

When you turn to our firm, we’ll deal directly with the at-fault party’s insurance company for you. You won’t have to worry about gathering evidence, negotiating with insurance adjusters, or submitting paperwork. Our motorcycle crash lawyers in Pennsylvania will handle it all so you can focus on what matters most—your recovery.

Injuries for Motorcyclists Are Often Severe

Unlike passenger cars, motorcyclists have very few protections while riding—no seatbelts, restraints, or doors to act as a barrier. Sadly, many riders also go without a helmet. Thus, when an accident happens, there is often nothing between the road or other cars and the motorcyclist’s body, and the motorcyclist’s injuries are often severe. 

Injuries that a motorcyclist may sustain include traumatic brain injuries, back or spinal cord injuries, broken or fractured bones, internal organ injuries, road rash, and more. Victims may also suffer psychological and emotional injuries, such as post-traumatic stress disorder. Sometimes, these injuries are treatable with surgery or therapy; other times, they are permanent, resulting in long-term disabilities affecting the victim’s ability to work and enjoy the activities they once loved. 

Pennsylvania Motorcycle Accident Statistics

According to data from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, 3,148 motorcyclists were injured in accidents on Pennsylvania’s roads in 2022. Another 217 motorcyclists were killed in traffic crashes that same year. While these injuries and fatalities represent only a small portion of the 798,764 licensed motorcyclists across the commonwealth, any number of serious motorcycle accidents is too many.

Certain factors, like helmet use, can contribute to the severity of a motorcycle accident injury. Out of all the injured Pennsylvania motorcyclists in 2022, only 55.1 percent were wearing helmets at the time of the accident.

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How to File a Motorcycle Accident Injury Claim

The best way to start a motorcycle accident claim is to contact Cordisco & Saile LLC. Our motorcycle accident law firm in Pennsylvania will help you file a claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company, detailing the grounds for your claim and the compensation we seek. This will launch a series of negotiations between our attorneys and the insurance company in hopes of settling the case without going to court. 

Most motorcycle accident cases result in a settlement. However, if the insurance company refuses to offer a fair settlement for your motorcycle accident, we may consider filing a formal lawsuit. This could bring your case to trial, and a jury would decide your compensation amount after considering evidence and arguments from both sides.

How Long Do I Have to File a Motorcycle Accident Claim?

You must act quickly if you have grounds to bring a Pennsylvania motorcycle accident claim. Under  P.A. Const. Stat. Sec. 5524, Pennsylvania’s statute of limitations for filing a personal injury suit is two years. 

This means that, in most cases, you have only two years from the accident date to take legal action. If you miss this deadline, you may be ineligible to seek compensation for your losses, even if you have an otherwise valid claim. That’s why it’s vital to speak with our attorneys as soon as possible if you believe you may have a personal injury case.

Pennsylvania’s Insurance Laws & Motorcycle Accidents

When Pennsylvania drivers buy their automobile insurance policies, they must choose between limited and full tort. 

Both policy types allow injured victims to recover damages related to medical and other out-of-pocket expenses, such as lost wages, loss of earning capacity, and more. However, limited tort policies restrict policyholders from pursuing damages for pain and suffering and other non-economic losses from at-fault drivers unless they meet certain requirements, like an injury resulting in a “serious impairment of bodily function.”

Meanwhile, full tort policies allow recovery of pain, suffering, and other non-economic damages, even for relatively minor injuries. 

Unlike automobile insurance policies, riders insuring their motorcycles in Pennsylvania do not choose between limited and full tort.  Their only choice is full tort. In addition, Pennsylvania law specifically exempts motorcycle accidents from limited tort requirements. Thus, injured motorcycle passengers who have limited tort automobile policies are not bound by those restrictions. The motorcycle accident exception to limited tort allows motorcyclists and their passengers to pursue non-economic damages for their injuries. 

Speak with our Pennsylvania motorcycle accident lawyers for a more thorough understanding of insurance laws and your damages.

Proving Liability for a Motorcycle Accident & Resultant Damages

As you file a tort liability claim, you must prove that the person who caused the accident acted negligently or wrongfully and that the negligence caused the accident. All drivers have a duty to drive safely and reasonably prevent harm to others on the road. If a driver breaches that duty and causes an accident, they may be liable for any resulting injuries or damage. 

For example, if a drunk driver caused a motorcycle accident, it may be easy to prove that the driver acted negligently during the accident. However, you’ll also have to link the negligence to your wreck.

Other cases of negligence may be more difficult to establish. Our experienced motorcycle accident attorneys in Pennsylvania can work with you to gather appropriate evidence to prove the other driver was negligent. Such proof may include eyewitness testimony, surveillance video, photographs, and police reports.

Speak With Our Pennsylvania Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident in Pennsylvania, the time to act is now. At Cordisco & Saile LLC, our motorcycle accident attorneys in Pennsylvania can assist in filing an insurance claim or lawsuit and ensure you get the full compensation you deserve. 

To schedule a consultation, call us today at 215-987-4353 or use the form on our contact page.

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