IF YOU HAVE A COLLISION WHILE DRIVING A MOTORCYCLE, YOU ARE AT INCREASED RISK OF SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH BECAUSE YOU DO NOT HAVE THE PROTECTION OF AN ENCLOSED VEHICLE OR SAFETY BELTS. MANY PEOPLE ARE HURT AS PASSENGERS ON MOTORCYCLES AS WELL.
Although helmets and anti-lock brakes make motorcycling safer, statistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation show that bikers are 35 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than occupants of cars; and motorcyclists who ride without helmets are 40% more likely to die of head injury. Motorcyclists face more threats on the road for several reasons, including having to deal with drivers who are negligent, unaware, or unwilling to share the road.
In 2014 there were 3,284 motorcycle accidents in Pennsylvania, and 186 of these accidents were fatal. If you have lost a loved one or have been seriously injured in an accident involving a motorcycle, you are entitled to be compensated for the physical, emotional, and financial damages you suffered. If you were hit while riding a motorcycle, or if you were forced to veer off the road to avoid a car and you were injured, or even if you were a driver forced into an accident because a motorcyclist was not following the laws, the experienced and compassionate personal injury attorney Cliff Rieders at Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann can help by making sure you get the settlement or verdict you deserve.
Pennsylvania does not require helmets to be worn by motorcyclists. This is a terrible law, causing much more serious injury and a drain on the health care system.
The following are among the most common causes of motorcycle accidents:
Recognize the most common injuries that happen in motorcycle accidents so you can take extra precautions to avoid them. These include:
Head injuries can cause your skull to crack in an accident, and your brain to swell and push against your skull. Head injuries can result in a concussion and brain damage, and can even be fatal. Neck injuries can paralyze your body and also can kill.
Wearing a helmet is your best protection against head and neck injuries, and you should use a helmet every time you ride your motorcycle.
Road rash is an injury caused by sliding across the road after being thrown from a motorcycle in an accident. Injuries caused by concrete rubbing against your body can lead to more permanent damage such as skin irritations, infections, and nerve damage.
Road rash should be cleaned and treated by medical professionals. Prevention involves wearing protective clothing such as leather garments, heavy motorcycle jeans, kneepads, gloves, and jackets.
Damage to the muscles of your body may become permanent and lead to paralysis after a motorcycle accident. To prevent this, wear protective clothing and seek medical attention after an accident.
Loud noise causes damage to your eardrums and leads to bursting and deafness. Helmets actually increase sounds, so wear ear plugs designed for your ear, that allow some sound from the driving environment.
Biker’s arm occurs when bikers land on their arms in an attempt to deflect the impact of an accident. This may result in permanent nerve damage to the arm and upper body. Protective jackets and elbow pads may help protect against severe damage.
These injuries include scrapes, cuts, severe bruising and broken bones, and may be permanently disabling. Protective clothing, kneepads, and motorcycle boots help limit these injuries.
If you have lost a loved one or have been seriously injured in an accident involving a motorcycle, you may be entitled to be compensated for the physical, emotional, and financial damages you suffered.
The experienced attorney Cliff Rieders of Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann knows that accidents can happen even if a motorcyclist takes appropriate safety measures. We have spent decades honing our skills and successfully representing Pennsylvania families who have suffered an injury or loss due to someone else’s negligence. We offer personal attention and loyalty to every client, and aggressively fight for their right to compensation. Whether in settlement negotiations or pursuing a favorable trial verdict, we are thoroughly prepared and committed to achieving a just outcome.
Do not delay — when it comes to accidents, prompt legal consultation can ensure the collection of relevant facts and the preservation of evidence. Contact Cliff Rieders of Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann today by calling 800-326-9259 for a free consultation, or use our online contact form.