While only 20% of passenger vehicles result in a fatality, 80% of all motorcycle accidents result in death. The number of deaths resulting from motorcycle accidents has increased every year since 1997. Motorcycle accidents are devastating to the victim’s finances, health, and their families. Just because riding a motorcycle can be riskier than driving a car, doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s the motorcyclist’s fault when an accident occurs. If you or a loved one is an injured victim of a motorcycle accident and is unsure if their case is worth pursuing, you should consult with a professional motorcycle accident lawyer to discuss your rights and if actions should be pursued.
Factors That Determine a Motorcycle Accident Case
To determine if your motorcycle accident if worth pursuing, the following factors are important to consider:
- How did the motorcycle accident occur?
- Who else was involved in the accident?
- What were the road conditions?
- Was weather a factor in the accident?
Timeline of a Motorcycle Accident Case
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident and have never filed a personal injury claim before, the process may seem intimidating. Don’t let the fear of the unknown keep you from filing your case. Instead, educate yourself on the process of a personal injuries case and consult with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer like Stuart Carpey to ease your anxieties, prepare yourself for what you can expect, and make the overall claim process smoother.
Note: Not every step will be applicable in every case.
How Does My Motorcycle Insurance Affect My Claim?
In Pennsylvania, no motorcycle rider can be subject to the limited tort threshold. This means that if you are injured while riding your motorcycle, no restriction is placed on your ability to bring a claim for money damages that you can receive for pain and suffering. You will nonetheless be restricted in the amount you can claim dependent on the insurance coverage the at-fault defendant carried on his or her insurance policy, and whether you purchased uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage in sufficient amounts to protect you.
Uninsured motorist coverage and underinsured motorist coverage protects the rider in the event that they are injured by a person who doesn’t have enough – or any – insurance to cover the claim. Riders should always add medical expense coverage to their motorcycle policies as well.
Are Motorcycle Helmets Mandatory in Pennsylvania?
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