If you were hurt in a motorcycle accident in the Lehigh Valley, contact an Allentown motorcycle accident lawyer at Munley Law for a free case evaluation.
When a motorcycle accident occurs, the results can be catastrophic. Motorcyclists have little protection besides the gear they wear to protect themselves from the impact of an accident, and as a result riders are prone to life threatening injuries that often take months or even years to heal. The aftermath of a motorcycle accident adds lots of stress to the victim and their families, both physically and financially. In order to get proper compensation for your injuries, it is important to have an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer by your side.
For over 60 years, motorcycle accident lawyers at Munley Law have represented motorcycle accident victims and their families throughout the state of Pennsylvania. Our lawyers have consistently been ranked among the Best Lawyers in America and have received the highest peer-review ratings from Martindale-Hubbell. If you suffer an accident, your choice of attorney matters. Over the years, we have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for highway and motorcycle accident victims.
If you or a loved one suffered an injury in a motorcycle accident, do not hesitate to fill out our contact form, chat live, or call for a free consultation. Rest assured that we take no fee unless we win.
How a Lehigh Valley motorcycle attorney can help
Motorcycle crashes are typically caused by careless drivers more often than the riders themselves. Because motorcycles are less stable, less visible, and do not provide the same protection as an enclosed vehicle, motorcyclists are more likely to be injured or killed. In fact, the federal government estimates that per mile traveled in 2016, the number of deaths on motorcycles is nearly 28 times the number of deaths in cars.
When the acts of a careless driver cause serious injuries or even fatalities, the driver at fault must be held accountable. But after a crash, the victim often finds roadblocks preventing him- or herself from getting the compensation needed to recover. It is common for insurance companies to blame the motorcyclist for the accident, as insurance companies profit from paying as little as possible to motorcycle policyholders and accident victims.
Insurance coverage for a motorcycle accident differs from that of a regular car accident. Our attorneys at Munley Law will answer your questions at no charge and help you determine what to do next. Our motorcycle accident lawyers will help you file a personal injury lawsuit to recover compensation for:
- Pain and suffering
- Rehabilitation and physical therapy
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
We also help families pursue wrongful death claims against at-fault drivers to get justice for their loved ones in worst cases, and provide future security for their family.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash may include:
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord damage, paralysis
- Severe burns
- Loss of limbs
Motorcycle Crash Facts
Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that 80% of all reported motorcycle accidents result in injury or death. These injuries often result in physical and financial stress with expensive medical bills, loss of income or the inability to work, and both physical and psychological pain and suffering. While your insurance company may make a settlement offer, people with legal representation typically receive far greater benefits than those who do not. Experienced motorcycle accident attorneys like those at Munley Law will help you obtain the compensation you are owed.
At Munley Law, we charge on a contingent-fee basis. This means that we do not collect a fee, which comes from a portion of the settlement, unless we win your case. We cover all costs, and if we are unable to produce results for you, you will not owe us anything. Furthermore, our initial consultation with you is completely free, so there are no risks involved in coming to speak with one of our lawyers about your case.
In the days following your motorcycle accident, the most important thing you should do is seek medical attention for any injuries you may have obtained. Your next steps should include getting a copy of the police report from the accident and taking photos of damaged property and your physical injuries. You should also keep a record of your physical symptoms, medical visits, treatments, tests, and medications, as well as your days missed from work. It is important to remember to never give a statement or supply information to anyone other than your own doctor and insurance company. You are not obligated to speak with the insurance company of the other driver. Lastly, do not accept a settlement offer from an insurance company until you have consulted with a lawyer at Munley Law.
Accident Prevention Tips
Here are some quick and easy precautions you can take to avoid an accident while out on the road.
- Gear up. Always wear long pants and sleeves made of leather or another thick, protective material, as well as gloves, eye protection, and durable boots that cover your ankles.
- Be seen. Wear bright colors and add reflective elements to your clothing and bike. Use your headlight both day and night, and ride in the section of the lane that is most visible to other drivers. If you’re not sure you can be seen, honk.
- Always wear a full-face, Department of Transportation-approved helmet. Helmets have proven to be 37% effective in preventing deaths and 67% effective in preventing brain injuries. Yet only 19 states require riders by law to wear a helmet when riding, and Pennsylvania is not one of them. A good rule of thumb is to replace your helmet every five years or after a crash.
- Be alert. Maintain awareness of texting or distracted motorists and be ready for sudden lane changes and swerves. Also watch out for patches of sand, potholes, railroad tracks, and other road hazards.
- Beware of intersections. Half of all motorcycle crashes occur at intersections, with motorists turning left in front of you being the most common cause.
- Never drink or speed. More than 40% of riders who die in single-vehicle accidents are under the influence of alcohol, and speed is at play in over 1/3 of fatal crashes.
- Avoid bad weather. Study safe ways to ride in the rain, wind, or whatever type of weather Mother Nature tends to throw at you in your locale.