Motorcycles are quite popular in the state of Pennsylvania. With a vast network of open roads in York and Lancaster County, our area hears about motorcycle accidents regularly. Everyone who has experience riding a motorcycle understands that in a collision with a larger, heavier motor vehicle, the vehicle is going to win. Motorcycles are simply not crashworthy. In addition, without the safety of cars, the aftermath for the biker could be catastrophic. A collision at any speed is generally going to mean disaster for the rider. Worst of all, the at-fault motorist very often blames the rider for the accident. It takes a knowledgeable York personal injury attorney to successfully fight the bias against motorcyclists and prevail. If you are a biker and have suffered a serious injury in an auto accident, you may need to take legal action to protect yourself from the financial aftermath of your accident and your road to recovery. Contact Ilkhanoff & Silverstein for a free initial consultation to discuss your legal situation with a seasoned civil trial attorney.
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In-depth studies of motorcycle accidents and their causes have identified an inability on the part of many motorists to even register the presence of a motorcycle on the road. This failure to “see” a motorcycle causes a lot of trouble at intersections and in moving traffic. Avoiding vehicles which turn right into the path of a rider, or one which suddenly tries to occupy the same space as the motorcycle is a constant challenge for riders. Injuries which commonly result from accidents include:
- Lacerations and road rash
- Soft tissue damage to joints, neck, and back
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Brain injuries
- Other catastrophic injuries
Who pays my medical bills after an accident?
Unfortunately for bikers, no-fault insurance rarely covers motorcycles. This means, unlike a car accident, your policy will often not cover medical bills and lost wages after an accident. This means that, in order to be compensated after a motorcycle accident, you would most likely need to take legal action against a faulty party.
It is difficult to prove fault in an accident every single time. If you are in an accident, you should call the police and ask for medical attention. Doing so can help document much of the accident and help your case. In most cases, it is best to call someone to the scene to preserve evidence on your behalf. An investigation into the accident can include taking photographs of the site of the accident, interviewing witnesses, examination of any vehicles, accident reconstruction, along with reviewing police reports and medical reports. Our firm has the resource to do just that. We are prepared to send experts to the scene of the accident at a moment’s notice and uncover the true cause of your accident, even if others try to prove otherwise.
Negligence can be shared
If you are involved in an accident, you may share some of the fault associated with the crash. Pennsylvania recognizes a legal principle called contributory negligence. This means that your percentage of fault in an accident could directly correlate to your entitlement for damages. With this in mind, if you were over 50% at fault for the accident, you could be barred from any compensation.
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You may be entitled to compensation to cover you for the financial, emotional, and physical aftermath of someone’s negligence. A dedicated personal injury lawyer with our firm will aggressively protect your rights to the compensation you are owed. Contact Ilkhanoff & Silverstein for a consultation.