Motorcycle accidents are often extremely serious. The impact from another motor vehicle or with a fixed object typically throws the rider from the motorcycle, resulting in painful, debilitating injuries. When the negligence of other drivers has caused a motorcyclist to sustain bodily harm and other losses, an Altoona motorcycle accident lawyer may be able to help.
You may be facing a long road to recovery from broken bones, road rash, head trauma, and internal injuries, and you may suffer permanent impairments as a result. Consulting a personal injury lawyer in this situation may be highly beneficial.
Causes of Altoona Motorcycle Accidents
Many situations that can lead to motor vehicle accidents can also result in motorcycle accidents. Distracted drivers who are focused on their cell phones, talking with their passengers, or mapping their course on a GPS device can cause crashes with motorcycles. This level of distraction may cause drivers to leave their lanes, fail to obey traffic signs and signals, or engage in other reckless driving behaviors.
Impaired drivers also regularly cause motor vehicle collisions, including those involving motorcycles. Whether impaired by drugs or alcohol, those drivers tend to have slowed reaction times, poor judgment, and poor motor skills which can make it impossible to avoid an accident. A second of hesitation could easily lead to disaster.
The size and weight of most motor vehicles, as compared to motorcycles, is also a crucial factor in the severity of the accidents that can result. When combined with the lack of safety features for motorcycle riders, such as seatbelts and airbags, injuries for motorcyclists are often very severe. A motorcycle accident lawyer in Altoona could represent the interests of those motorcyclists who have been injured in collisions with much larger cars and trucks.
Negligence in Motorcycle Accidents
When motorists are negligent in operating their vehicles, they can be liable for any accidents that cause property damage and personal injuries to others. Drivers have a legal obligation to drive in a way that is reasonably safe for others on the roadway. When they drive recklessly or carelessly, they may be negligent. In this situation, drivers may be responsible for any injuries that occur as a result of their careless behavior.
In some cases, motorcyclists may also be partially negligent in causing the accident that led to their injuries. Under 42 Pa.C.S. § 7102, however, if motorcyclists are less at fault for the crash than other negligent parties, they still can pursue compensation from those parties based on principles of comparative negligence. Their recovery of damages, however, decreases proportionately according to their percentage of fault for the accident.
Call an Altoona Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today
Involvement in a motorcycle crash can result in devastating injuries that may leave you facing a long period of rehabilitation, an inability to work, and suffering from physical and emotional trauma. All these items may be compensable through a personal injury claim. An Altoona motorcycle accident lawyer could assess your situation and determine whether you have a viable claim for damages relating to your injuries. Contact the Marcus & Mack Law Firm today to schedule a consultation.