Helping Victims in Motorcycle Accidents Recover
When motorcyclists are involved in accidents, even low-speed crashes can result in devastating injuries. Easton motorcyclists on the I-78 and other highways and roadways are exposed to the elements with no restraints or protection outside of what the driver is wearing. In addition, motorcyclists can find themselves at greater risk of accidents in the first place, as drivers in larger vehicles may miss a motorcycle when changing lanes or making turns.
If you have been the victim of a motorcycle accident, you can turn to the Easton motorcycle accident attorneys at Munley Law for help with your claim. We have over six decades of experience in representing victims in motorcycle personal injury cases, and we have recovered impressive settlements for motorcycle accident victims throughout Pennsylvania.
$32 Million Wrongful Death
$26 Million Truck Accident
$17.5 Million Car Accident
$12 Million Product Liability
$9 Million Truck Accident
$8 Million Truck Accident
$8 Million Truck Accident
$7.5 Million Auto Accident
$6.9 Million Garbage Truck Accident
$6.5 Million Traumatic Brain Injury
$5 Million Medical Malpractice
$5 Million Bus Accidents
Common Injuries in Motorcycle Accidents
Most cars and trucks have protections to mitigate harm done to a passenger or driver in an accident, such as airbags, seatbelts, and impact-absorbing frames. However, motorcycles offer little to none of these protections. Motorcycles are additionally typically the smallest vehicles on the road at any given time. This means any motorcycle collision with a vehicle will result in injuries to the motorcyclist both at the instant of impact and if or when the driver is thrown from their motorcycle.
Some common injuries seen in motorcycle accident cases include:
- Traumatic brain injuries, concussions, skull fractures, and other head injuries
- Road rash
- Broken bones or dislocated limbs
- Spinal cord injuries
Any of these injuries can require extensive and costly medical care. Victims of motorcycle accidents may miss weeks of work, losing income as they recover. Additionally, motorcycle accidents can result in long-term temporary or permanent disability, requiring rehabilitation, lifelong medical care, and lifestyle adjustments for victims.
What Causes Motorcycle Accidents?
Negligence is the leading cause of most motorcycle accidents. Drivers on the road may be careless or otherwise negligent in their duty to drive with safety and care for other drivers.
Some common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Speeding – Drivers in larger vehicles may speed through intersections or around corners, swiping a motorcyclist.
- Improper left turns – Left turn accidents accounted for 42% of all fatal motorcycle accidents in 2020, according to the NHTSA. Drivers turning left with no right-of-way or without properly checking for a motorcycle can collide head-on with a motorcycle.
- Improper merging – Lane splitting is not permitted in Pennsylvania, but drivers still have a duty to watch for motorcyclists as they change lanes or merge.
- Distracted driving and poor visibility – Motorcycles are already hard to see on the road compared to most vehicles. When the driver in the larger vehicle is distracted or otherwise has limited visibility, they can easily entirely miss a nearby motorcycle, making reckless decisions as a result.
Other risk factors commonly seen in motorcycle accidents include motorcycle part defects and road hazards. If any of these were a factor in your case, your motorcycle accident claim may include an element of product liability or government entity liability.
Proving Fault in a Motorcycle Accident
After getting in a motorcycle accident, you will need to prove another driver or drivers were at fault. In the moments after a crash, it is important to take the steps that you can to preserve your claim:
- Take photos and video of the crash scene, your injuries, and damages to your vehicle
- Call the police, ensure they file a report, and request a copy of the report
- Take down the contact information of anyone involved in the accident, as well as nearby witnesses
- Get medical attention as soon as possible, even if you don’t believe you were injured
You may have been unable to take one or more of these steps due to the severity of your injuries. In this case, your motorcycle accident lawyer can work with you to conduct a thorough investigation of the crash. Your attorney can reach out to experts, reconstructionists, and investigators to determine who is ultimately at fault in your motorcycle accident.
Damages You Can Recover After a Motorcycle Accident Injury
You may be tempted to accept an insurance settlement after your accident. However, this offered settlement will likely not be nearly enough to cover the full damages you are suffering after the accident. Insurance companies are not on your side and have a vested interest in not fully compensating you. Calculating the full worth of your case can be complicated without involving the expertise of a motorcycle accident injury attorney.
Damages you can recover in a motorcycle accident include:
- Current and potential future medical treatment
- Lost wages and other income
- Property damage
- Rehabilitation and long-term medical care
- Lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of life enjoyment
- Wrongful death
Calculating long-term financial impact and emotional damages can be particularly challenging for the average person. At Munley Law, we can reach out to economic and financial experts to calculate projected losses as a result of your accident. We can work with you to recover the full compensation you deserve for these damages.
Why Hire an Easton Motorcycle Accident Attorney?
While you can legally pursue any legal claim yourself, there are important benefits to hiring experienced legal representation in your motorcycle accident claim. Retaining the right attorney can better ensure your chances of receiving full compensation for your injuries.
Your motorcycle accident attorney can:
- Ensure you meet important deadlines. All legal cases have specific filing deadlines to meet, which can be difficult to manage if you are already recovering from injuries.
- Calculate the true worth of your case. Without the resources needed to calculate your total losses, you may end up settling for far less than what your case is actually worth.
- Negotiate on your behalf. Even if you have experience in negotiation, you are likely recovering from injuries suffered during the accident. Instead of fighting against insurance companies or other involved parties, you should be focusing on your recovery at this time.
- Protect your claim from errors. Even small procedural errors can damage your claim, possibly even entirely preventing you from collecting at all. An experienced attorney will know how to avoid these costly mistakes.
With trusted legal counsel on your side, you can rest easy knowing all the most complex parts of your claim are being handled and focus on your recovery. Our attorneys will review all the details of your case and pursue every possible avenue to hold the at-fault party or parties accountable. With our many decades of experience, we know what tactics insurance companies and liable parties will employ to avoid responsibility. We can work to build your personal injury case to seek maximum compensation for all of your losses.
Contact Munley Law Today for Your Motorcycle Crash Case
Were you or a loved one injured in a motorcycle accident? Reach out to the team at Munley Law right away for help. We’ve been helping people just like you recover huge settlements in motorcycle injury cases for the last 60 years. We have the experience and resources you need to aggressively pursue your claim.
Don’t wait – crucial evidence can be lost if you delay starting your claim with a lawyer. Contact our Easton motorcycle accident attorneys today to schedule a free consultation. We are available 24/7 and have locations throughout the state of Pennsylvania.