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Philadelphia Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Motorcyclists deserve the same legal protections as others on the road. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, we want to help. A skilled Philadelphia motorcycle accident lawyer at Cordisco & Saile LLC will identify the responsible party and fiercely pursue the maximum compensation you deserve. Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation to tell us your story and learn more about your options.

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.

While many people from Philadelphia ride motorcycles to enjoy the open road or get from place to place, it can be dangerous when vehicle drivers fail to look out for motorcyclists. If you’ve been hurt in a motorcycle accident, you probably have several questions, such as “Should I hire a lawyer?” and “What if the insurance company calls and offers a settlement?”

Let us put our talents and experience to work for you. We level the playing field with the insurance companies and don’t get paid unless we recover compensation on your behalf. That means there’s no risk in working with a seasoned Philadelphia motorcycle accident lawyer; our results are as important to us as they are to you. Call our office today at 215-642-2335 to schedule a free consultation. 

Our Team Knows What It Takes To Build a Strong Case

The insurance company has skilled adjusters and lawyers on call to protect its interests. You need a dedicated motorcycle accident lawyer looking out for yours. Cordisco & Saile LLC has a strong track record of helping our personal injury clients win big settlements and verdicts, including a $2.9 million motorcycle accident settlement for a client who suffered a traumatic brain injury.

Here are some additional reasons you should work with our award-winning team:

  • We have over three decades of experience helping injury victims achieve justice. 
  • We handle cases throughout Philadelphia County and the surrounding area.
  • Our firm has recovered tens of millions of dollars for our injured clients. 
  • Insurance companies know we won’t back down from a tough fight. 

When your motorcycle accident injury attorney takes your case, they will investigate and gather evidence to build the strongest possible claim for compensation. The evidence we will gather on your behalf includes:

  • Police reports
  • Witness statements
  • Photos and video
  • Medical records
  • Doctor’s opinions
  • Expert witness testimony

If the insurance company refuses to offer fair compensation, we won’t hesitate to take your case to court. Let us put our experience to work for you. 

What Our Clients Say About Our Philadelphia Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

We understand you have a choice in motorcycle accident law firms in Philadelphia. Our experience and hard work pay off for our clients, which is evident in our client testimonials:

You Are Eligible for Many Forms of Compensation

Motorcycle accidents can cause serious physical, emotional, and financial hardships for accident victims and their loved ones. The minimum motorcycle insurance requirements in Pennsylvania are relatively low. But if the accident wasn’t your fault, you have the right to claim compensation for the following types of damages from the responsible party:

  • Current medical bills
  • Future cost of medical care
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of future earning capacity
  • Property damage
  • Costs associated with rehabilitation and disabilities
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress

If a crash results in a loved one’s death, our compassionate Philadelphia motorcycle accident lawyers will help your family pursue a wrongful death case. Our team fights for all of these damages and more on behalf of our clients and is standing by to discuss how we can help you seek compensation and justice. 

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We Know How To Identify the Liable Party in Your Case

Many different parties can cause a motorcycle accident. Another driver could have caused the crash if they engaged in reckless behaviors, like speeding, drinking and driving, or ignoring traffic signals.  

If a defective bike part caused your wreck, we can hold the manufacturer responsible. If a road hazard or visual obstruction contributed to the crash, we may be able to go after the government agency that failed to maintain the roadways in a safe condition. Multiple parties may sometimes be at fault and liable for damages. 

Our team will review all available evidence to determine who may be responsible for your damages. Once we determine who caused your crash, we can file a claim with their insurance company.

Before Speaking With the Insurance Company, Contact Our Legal Team

The weeks and months following a motorcycle accident are understandably stressful. You are probably dealing with a lot of pain. If you have to miss work to recover from your injuries, you might have financial worries, too. Then there is the endless to-do list that follows any vehicle accident, which includes the following:

  • Receiving initial medical treatment
  • Undergoing physical therapy or rehabilitation
  • Purchasing assistive devices if the wreck impacted your mobility
  • Repairing or replacing your motorcycle
  • Securing alternative transportation
  • Keeping track of bills and receipts
  • Tracking missed time from work and lost income

Often, the insurance company calls the victim shortly after the crash—sometimes within a day or two—and offers a settlement. It can be tempting to take this offer, especially when your bills are piling up and you need money. However, this is almost never the right decision to make.

Taking the insurance company’s initial offer and not hiring a personal injury attorney to negotiate on your behalf could leave thousands of dollars on the table. Generally, an insurance company’s offer covers your property damage and medical bills—though rarely all of them—but does not consider missed work, reduced earning capacity, or pain and suffering. However, you deserve damages for all of those losses, too.

We know how to negotiate with insurance companies and maintain the upper hand. We can help you fight for every dollar you deserve, and we can start building your case today.

Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Philadelphia is the largest city in Pennsylvania and, like most big cities, has its fair share of traffic woes and road problems. Trying to navigate the City of Brotherly Love on a motorcycle can be dangerous and even deadly, whether you’re using I-95, the Schuylkill Expressway, the Vine Street Expressway, the Roosevelt Boulevard, Lancaster Avenue, City Avenue, Broad Street, Kelly Drive, or one of the many backstreets.  

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, there were 213 fatal motorcycle crashes in the state in 2022. In WalletHub’s annual “Best & Worst Cities to Drive in,” Philadelphia ended up near the bottom of the list—#95—for 2023. Some of the deciding factors were road conditions, traffic congestion, and accident rates. If you ride a motorcycle, this isn’t reassuring. 

Here are some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents:

  • Negligent or reckless drivers who text, drive drunk, speed, or don’t adhere to Pennsylvania’s traffic laws
  • Defective motorcycle parts, including poorly designed or manufactured tires, brakes, or other parts that could cause a serious accident
  • Dangerous road conditions such as unmarked construction zones, deep potholes, and major road debris left by local government agencies or construction companies

Even if someone else was at fault in one of these crashes, financial compensation isn’t guaranteed. An experienced motorcycle accident attorney in Philadelphia can help you hold the responsible party accountable. 

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries

If you were involved in a motorcycle accident in Philadelphia, there’s a good chance you’ve sustained some serious and traumatic injuries. Unlike drivers and passengers in conventional vehicles, motorcyclists have little protection in accidents. Many are thrown off their bikes or pinned beneath them, causing life-altering injuries and, unfortunately, death. 

According to the National Safety Council, motorcycles make up just three percent of all registered vehicles in the United States, yet account for 14 percent of all traffic fatalities. In 2021 alone, there were roughly 83,000 motorcycle injuries in the U.S. Some of the most common motorcycle accident injuries include:

  • Lacerations and contusions
  • Broken and fractured bones
  • Internal injuries
  • Road rash and burns
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Head injuries, including traumatic brain injuries
  • Loss of limbs

Aside from physical injuries, motorcycle accident victims must deal with many forms of emotional trauma, pain, and suffering. A dedicated Philadelphia motorcycle accident injury lawyer can fight for the fair compensation you deserve to cover your medical expenses and more. 

Will Not Wearing a Helmet Impact My Motorcycle Accident Claim?

Choosing not to wear a helmet could impact your motorcycle accident claim recovery. Under Pennsylvania motorcycle helmet laws, anyone under 21 must wear a Department of Transportation-approved helmet while riding on a motorcycle. If you are over 21, you must also wear a helmet if you have not completed a state-approved motorcycle safety course or do not have more than two years of operating experience. 

So, what if you suffered a motorcycle accident head injury or sustained other injuries and were not wearing a helmet? You may still be able to recover damages. But, since Pennsylvania is a comparative negligence state, you must be less than 51 percent at fault to recover compensation. However, your recovery would be reduced in proportion to your share of the fault. For example, if you have $100,000 in damages and were 20 percent at fault, you can still recover $80,000. But, if you were 60 percent at fault, you can’t recover any compensation.  

Contact the Philadelphia motorcycle accident lawyers at Cordisco & Saile LLC to discuss how they can defend your legal rights.

Call Today for Your Free Consultation With a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Philadelphia

To find out what the legal team at Cordisco & Saile LLC can do for you, call 215-515-6290 or contact us online immediately. We look forward to working for you.

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