Cruising open roads on two wheels with nothing between the rider and the air rushing by – this is the thrill sought by many motorcycle enthusiasts. While many motorcyclists enjoy a lifetime of safe riding, accidents happen, many of them catastrophic events ending with severe injuries or fatalities. A motorcycle provides no barrier or protective cage for the rider. This fact combined with high speed capability makes it the most dangerous vehicle on the road. In the event of a crash, the rider is almost always thrown from the vehicle at high speeds and lands hard. According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) motorcyclists are 26 times more likely to lose their lives in a motor vehicle crash than passenger car occupants.
Motorcycles have fewer safety features than other motor vehicles and are more susceptible to weather and road hazards. They are smaller and therefore less visible to cars, and also easily hidden by obstacles making them vulnerable to being hit. The number one cause of motorcycle accidents is cars turning left. Motorists are trained to look for other cars in traffic situations and many drivers just do not see a motorcycle or incorrectly estimate its speed. Other causes of motorcycle accidents include cars changing lanes, adverse road conditions, high speeds, and alcohol.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in West Chester you should enlist the help of the experienced West Chester motorcycle accident lawyers from Eckell, Sparks, Levy, Auerbach, Monte, Sloan, Matthews & Auslander, P.C. We use a team of medical experts and accident reconstruction experts to investigate every personal injury claim. Motorcycle accidents can result in serious injuries including:
Many injuries have lasting effects after the initial healing period. Long term damage to nerves, muscles, or tendons can leave accident victims in chronic pain. Catastrophic accidents may even result in amputations or disfigurement. Medical treatment often requires lengthy hospital stays and therefore can be prohibitively expensive. Reconstructive surgery and physical therapy may be necessary.
If your accident was due to a negligent party you may be compensated for your medical costs – past, present, and future, prescription medication, lost wages and lost future wages if necessary, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and property damage. Even if you were partly responsible for the accident you may be able to collect some damages.
If you are involved in a motorcycle accident and you are able you should:
An experienced attorney can make a significant difference in the outcome of your case should negligence of another party prove to be the cause of the accident. A skilled Media motorcycle accident lawyer will collect evidence on your behalf, research the driving records of those involved in the accident, question witnesses, obtain police reports, and consult with medical professionals about your injuries.
If you are not able to consult an attorney immediately after an accident, never sign any forms from an insurer or admit fault in any way. You may be signing away your rights.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence of another party you may be entitled to compensation. At Eckell, Sparks, Levy, Auerbach, Monte, Sloane, Matthews & Auslander, P.C. our dedicated Media motorcycle accident lawyers will make sure all your legal needs are taken care of so that you can concentrate on your recovery. Call 610-565-3700 today or contact us online. We have offices in Media and West Chester, Pennsylvania serving clients throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania, including Chester County, Delaware County, and Montgomery County.