Have You Suffered an Injury in a Motorcycle Accident?
Our Philadelphia Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Helps Victims Receive Rightful Compensation
Whenever you get in a car, you are putting your life in the hands of the driver and every other motorist on the road. This is often a sobering thought that goes doubly for motorcyclists.
Motorcycles offer less protection for riders and their passengers. As a result, injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents are often consistently more severe than those sustained in passenger vehicle accidents.
If you have suffered an injury or wrongful death of a loved one in a motorcycle accident that was caused by a negligent driver, then know that you have legal rights and options.
Our Philadelphia motorcycle accident lawyer has been representing victims who have been wrongfully injured due to another’s negligence for over a decade. He is an active member of both the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Bar Association as well as the Pennsylvania Association of Justice.
Since opening the doors of his law firm, Adam has built up his experience litigating personal injury claims in Philadelphia and New Jersey district courts. He represents each client with the same steadfast dedication that he shows the last with a singular goal in mind: ensuring that each client receives the compensation they deserve. If you need a Philadelphia motorcycle accident law firm, then we are here to help.
What Are Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents?
According to a report released by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), there were 3,547 motorcycles involved in accidents that resulted in 192 fatalities in 2016. Further, PennDOT’s report says that “occupant fatalities of motorcycles increased” between 2015 and 2016.
The top three common causes of motorcycle crashes include:
- Inclement weather. Rain, fog and snow can impair a driver’s vision and make roads more dangerous to drive. Adverse weather conditions reportedly caused 23,549 motorcycle accidents across Pennsylvania in 2016.
- Vehicle Defects. PennDOT’s report states that “tire/wheel and brake-related failures contributed to the majority of vehicle defect related crashes”. Examples of such vehicle defects include “steering system failure”, faulty suspension and cosmetic defects on the hood/doors/body. Always pay attention to any recalls that are announced by your vehicle manufacturer and stay on top of routine maintenance.
- Lack of Maintenance. All motorists are responsible for maintaining his or her vehicle. Maintenance includes ensuring appropriate stickers, insurance and physical maintenance is up to standards.
If you were injured in an accident, then you may have a viable claim to recover compensation for your injuries.
Motorcycle Accident Without a Helmet: What If I Was Hurt?
You are likely entitled to compensatory damages even if you were not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. Generally, you can file a claim against a negligent driver if you were struck by a vehicle and subsequently suffered severe personal injuries. Personal injuries can include emotional injuries, such as panic, anxiety and fear that diminishes quality of life.
Keep in mind that the prosecution’s defense may use the fact that you were not wearing a helmet against you. Even so, under Pennsylvania motorcycle laws, motorcyclists over the age of 21 who have held a motorcycle license for at least two years have the right to not wear a helmet. Therefore, if the prosecutor brings up that you were not wearing a helmet, it can often be successfully contested in court.
It is a good idea to talk with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney after a crash. At Grutzmacher Law Firm, we can help you determine the best legal actions for your situation and help build the strongest case possible for you.
Questions About Your Accident? Our Motorcycle Accident Attorney Has Answers
Being injured is stressful enough on its own. Do not let legal hassles be something else you have to contend with. If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident due to another driver’s negligence, you have the right to file a personal injury claim.
Our Philadelphia motorcycle accident lawyer has been representing fellow Philadelphians for more than 10 years. He has the resources, passion and dedication to ensure that his clients receive favorable outcomes. Call us today at (215) 261-7975 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.