Motorcycle accidents can—and do—happen to the most careful and conscientious riders. Motorcycles are fast, agile, and missing the protections of more conventional modes of transportation. Unfortunately, distracted or otherwise inattentive motorists can overlook a motorcyclist, resulting in a life-altering collision.
In addition to physical pain, victims may face traumatic memories of the accident or other psychological damages. The most serious accidents can result in coma, traumatic brain injury, limb amputation, multiple surgeries, and even death.
Those who recover might have lingering fears of getting back on a motorcycle, losing out on an activity they formerly enjoyed. When this type of devastating crash happens, you owe it to yourself to speak to a qualified motorcycle accident lawyer.
At Cordisco & Saile LLC, our goal is to help motorcycle accident victims and their families. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries because of someone else’s negligence, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact us at 215-642-2335 to schedule a free evaluation of your claim with a motorcycle accident lawyer in Trevose.
Who is responsible for my crash-related injuries?
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), fatal injuries from motorcycle crashes increased 7.3 percent from 2015 to 2016. There were 948 fatalities between the years 2012 and 2016. In cases where another driver or other third party was at fault for the crash, the most common causes of these accidents were:
Mistakes involving rights-of-way or failure to yield;
Improper or unsafe lane changes;
Speeding, which reduces the ability to see and react to motorcyclists;
Operating a vehicle while intoxicated or under the influence of alcohol or drugs;
Rear-end accidents from vehicles following motorcycles too closely;
Opening a driver’s car door into the path of an oncoming motorcycle;
Improperly maintained roads, causing dangerous road conditions; and
Defects with a negligently manufactured motorcycle.
If another party’s negligence caused your crash, we can hold them responsible for your accident-related losses. We can build a strong case showing their fault when we prepare your personal injury claim. We know what to look for when it comes to proving negligence in motorcycle accidents and are ready to go to work for you.
What costs are eligible for compensation after a crash?
You may be eligible for compensation to cover a variety of your costs after a motorcycle accident. While the exact details of your claim will vary depending on how your accident occurred, we commonly win money to cover our clients’ expenses in several categories.
We will work to recover your medical expenses, including:
Past and future medical bills for surgery, hospitalization, transportation, pain management, and other treatments;
Physical therapy, occupational therapy, and vocational therapy; and
The cost of purchasing medical equipment.
Our attorneys will also consider your incidental costs, like:
Paying for household help for work that you cannot perform due to injury; and
Contractor expenses for making disability-related living accommodations.
You are also eligible for compensation for your lost income, including:
Lost wages or self-employment income for missed work; and
Lost earning capacity, including loss of retirement or pension benefits.
In cases of disfigurement, we will seek damages for:
The at-fault party must also pay damages related to property damage, including the price of:
- Motorcycle repair or replacement; and
- Helmet or other damaged accessory replacement.
We will also seek retribution for the non-economic damages you have endured. These include:
Emotional distress; and
Loss of enjoyment of your life.
If your spouse suffered the injury, you may file a claim for loss of consortium. This would compensate you for a loss of companionship, protection, guidance, and the usual pre-accident relationship that you once enjoyed.
In limited cases, we can request punitive damages on your behalf. A judge awards these damages for particularly wrongful conduct on the part of the responsible party or parties.
What if I was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash?
Pennsylvania law requires any person who operates or rides a motorcycle to wear a helmet unless he or she is over 21 years of age and has either had two years of riding experience or has completed an approved motorcycle safety course.
If you were not wearing a helmet, the at-fault party’s insurance company may try to apportion blame for the damages on you. We will fight for the maximum amount of compensation possible in your case, even if you were not wearing a helmet or shared partial blame for the wreck.
Our lawyers will deal directly with the insurance company while you focus on healing.
Sometimes there is a battle with the insurance company about what caused the accident and a claims adjuster will deny liability altogether. They may also try to offer you a quick settlement before you understand the full extent of your injury and have the chance to contact a lawyer.
Insurance companies make money by pocketing premiums and paying as little as possible for claims. They will have their own view of the extent of your injuries and their own ideas of how long it should take you to recover. They usually do not have your best interests at heart.
That is why you need our help. We will stand up against these tactics to win you the compensation you need to recover. We will use hard evidence to prove your damages. We can seek testimony from accident reconstruction experts to establish who was responsible for your wreck. We will negotiate directly with the insurance company until you receive a fair settlement for your suffering. We can even take your case to trial, if necessary.
Cordisco & Saile LLC can help you win your motorcycle accident claim.
If you are recovering from a motorcycle accident, your choice of legal representation can make all the difference in your case. At Cordisco & Saile LLC, we will thoroughly review all the contributing causes of your accident, accurately assess all of your damages, hold all accountable parties responsible, and fight for your rights.
Our lawyers work diligently for our clients to make their recovery as smooth as possible. We maintain open lines of communication throughout the claims process, so you always know where your case stands. Let us help you. Call us call us today at 215-642-2335 for a free case evaluation.