Motorcycle crashes can be some of the most catastrophic accidents to occur on roadways throughout Western Pennsylvania. Due to the size and weight of a motorcycle – and the lack of a protective frame – a motorcycle crash can be devastating and even fatal. That’s why motorists are expected to be aware of nearby motorcyclists. With one act of negligence, an enjoyable day of riding could take a turn for the worse. As medical bills pile up, insurance companies may try to avoid paying the full extent of your losses.
You deserve better. An experienced Western, PA motorcycle accident lawyer will fight to maximize your compensation. We know how to gather the facts and hold the other motorist – and their insurance company – accountable. We at Marcus & Mack won’t settle for anything less, and neither should you.
Common Motorcycle Accidents in Indiana, PA
We possess a vast amount of legal knowledge to handle any type of motorcycle crash. Some of the most common types of motorcycle accidents include:
- Head-on collisions: This occurs when the front of a motorcycle collides with another vehicle.
- Rear-end collisions: When inattentive drivers fail to pay attention to the road in front of them, rear-end collisions can occur.
- Broadside accidents: This is the most common type of motorcycle accident. This typically happens when a motorcyclist has the right of way but is cut off by a vehicle making a left-hand turn or failing to yield the right of way.
- A vehicle veers into your lane: This type of accident typically happens on roads and highways with more than one lane. A vehicle veers into the same lane as the motorcyclist, causing a sideswipe.
No matter what type of motorcycle accident you were injured in, an experienced Western PA attorney knows how to gather all the facts to piece together a strong case. We’ll never approach a motorcycle accident with a one-size-fits-all approach. We’re here to help you recover for your injuries and damages, and we’ll stop at nothing to ensure that you’re compensated for your injuries.
What are Common Injuries Sustained in Motorcycle Crashes?
Road rash: This type of injury occurs when a motorcyclist slides across the pavement causing severe abrasions to exposed skin. Permanent skin and nerve damage can occur – and if untreated – the injury can lead to infected and irritated skin.
Head injuries: This type of injury is not to be taken lightly. A head injury sustained in a motorcycle crash can range from a concussion to severe brain damage – and in extreme cases – even death. Wearing a helmet, which is required by Pennsylvania law for motorcyclists under 21, can help prevent or reduce the severity of a head injury. However, it doesn’t always guarantee that a head injury will be prevented.
Broken bones: In a motorcycle crash, bones in various parts of the body can be broken, fractured, or shattered. Motorcyclists injured in high-speed crashes are especially vulnerable to broken bones.
Hand and arm injuries: When a motorcyclist’s exposed hands and arms make contact with the ground, the abrasions caused by the road’s surface can cause permanent nerve damage. This type of injury is also known as “biker’s arm,” and can often occur during a wipeout or side-swipe.
Leg injuries: The most common injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents are damage to the lower extremities. They can include cuts, bruises, abrasions, and broken bones. In some extreme cases, motorcyclists may lose functionality in one or both legs.
Which Factors Cause Motorcycle Accidents?
There are many factors that contribute to the cause of a motorcycle accident including, but not limited to:
Inattentive driving: Motorists are expected to be aware of their surroundings, especially of nearby motorcyclists. When a driver claims he/she didn’t see the motorcyclist, their excuse is unacceptable.
Distracted driving: Operating hand-held devices, built-in devices, eating, or any other activity that may take a driver’s attention away from the road, puts the safety of motorcyclists at risk.
Driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol: Operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance, not only put’s others at risk, but can lead to criminal charges.
Speeding and aggressive driving: Driving above the speed limit, tailgating, and weaving in and out of traffic causes many accidents and puts the safety of others at risk.
Failing to yield the right of way: Drivers are always expected to obey traffic signals and signs. Running a stop sign or red light results in some of the most catastrophic auto accidents.
Our attorneys are a knowledgeable legal team in Western, Pennsylvania that will fight to recover your compensation after a motorcycle accident. We will hold the other motorist and their insurance company accountable for your pain and suffering.
Statute of Limitations in Western PA
Every type of lawsuit in Western Pennsylvania is subject to a statute of limitations. These laws control when a court may consider a case.
Motorcycle accidents fall under the same legal deadline as all other personal injury suits. According to 42 Pa.C.S. §5524, injured motorcyclists have no more than two years following the date of the incident to file a claim. A Indiana, PA motorcycle accident attorney could help to pursue claims within the applicable time limits.
Motorcycle accidents can result in devastating losses. These include physical injuries, emotional trauma, and lost earnings. A defendant who is at-fault for an accident is responsible for providing compensation for these losses. However, it is up to the injured biker to prove these claims.
A Western PA motorcycle accident lawyer may be able to help you to pursue your case. They could investigate the cause of the accident, gather evidence, and help you to measure your losses. A knowledgeable attorney could protect your rights in court and during talks with insurance companies. Contact Marcus & Mack today to schedule your free consultation.