Although there is a bit of a popular misconception that motorcyclists and bicyclists regularly disregard traffic laws and dangerously weave through vehicles, in reality, most motorcycle and bicycle riders are incredibly safety-conscious. This is because motorcycle and bicycle riders are at a far greater risk of injury in accidents with other vehicles on the road. The lack of protection that motorcycles and bicycles provide their riders means that when they are involved in accidents, they tend to suffer far more severe injuries than occupants of other vehicles.
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, in 2017 there were 3,194 accidents involving motorcycles and 1,141 accidents involving bicycles on the roads of Pennsylvania. These motorcycle accidents resulted in 185 fatalities, while there were 1,127 injuries to bicyclists as a result of a bicycle accident.
Motorcycle and bicycle riders are entitled to use of the roads of Homestead and throughout Pennsylvania just as any other vehicle. If you or a loved one have been injured by another motorist while riding your motorcycle or bicycle, you may be entitled to compensation for the injuries and other damages you’ve suffered in your accident.
Motorcycle and bicycle riders are subject to many different kinds of negligent behavior by other motorists on the road that can lead to an accident. Some of the common causes of motorcycle and bicycle accidents include:
In addition to driver negligence, motorcycle and bicycle riders can be involved in accidents caused by defective design, the manufacturer of their motorcycle or bicycle, or by negligent maintenance of the road. No matter the reason for your motorcycle or bicycle accident. The Law Office of Mark A. Smith will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
Attorney Mark A. Smith has helped numerous motorcycle and bicycle riders to seek compensation after being victims of accidents with vehicles. He knows that riders involved in accidents tend to suffer severe, life-altering injuries. That is why he works tirelessly to help injured victims of motorcycle and bicycle accidents obtain financial recovery they need to help pay for their medical expenses. Attorney Mark A. Smith knows that it can be difficult for motorcycle and bicycle riders to pursue compensation in legal claims against drivers, who all too often will try to deny liability or responsibility for the accident.
Attorney Mark A. Smith takes great pride in his track record of success in helping injured victims of motorcycle and bicycle accidents seek financial compensation for their injuries and losses. He will take the time to get to know you and your family and to understand your concerns and goals so that your claims are given the effort and priority they deserve.
When you are involved in an accident on the road as a motorcycle or bicycle rider, you are subjected to the risk of a significant, life-altering injury. Recovering from such an accident can be an expensive, time-consuming endeavor. You deserve to receive compensation for your medical expenses, your lost income, and other damages such as pain and suffering. If you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle or bicycle accident, you need experienced legal representation that will help you obtain maximum compensation. Contact The Law Office of Mark A. Smith today to schedule a consultation to discuss your case and to learn more about your legal rights and options.
Homestead is a borough in Allegheny County, located in the Monongahela River valley approximately seven miles southeast of Pittsburgh. The first settlers arrived in present-day Homestead in the 1770s. The surrounding land was purchased a hundred years later and laid out in lots to form the town of Homestead. Homestead experienced a period of rapid growth in the 1880s as railroad, glass, and iron/steel factories were founded in the town. Homestead was the site of the Homestead Strike, a famous event in labor history that involved a violent clash between striking ironworkers and hired Pinkerton guards. Homestead’s steel industry closed in the 1980s, but the borough began a financial recovery in the mid-2000s.
FAQ: What do I do if the driver who hit me fled the scene of the accident? If you’ve been the victim of a hit-and-run accident while on a motorcycle or bicycle and it is impossible to track down and identify the driver who hit you, it may still be possible to obtain compensation for your injuries and losses. If you are covered by an auto insurance policy that included uninsured motorist coverage, you may be entitled to make a claim against your uninsured motorist coverage for your losses up to the limits of your coverage. Bear in mind that it is permissible to waive uninsured motorist (UM) coverage when purchasing auto insurance, so if you have waived UM coverage for your policy you cannot seek uninsured motorist coverage after your accident.
FAQ: Can I still recover compensation even if I was partially at fault for the accident? Possibly. Pennsylvania is a comparative fault state. This means you are entitled to recover compensation, even if you were partially at fault for the accident, so long as the percentage of your share of fault does not exceed 50 percent. The total damages you would be entitled to recover will be reduced by the percentage of your share of fault — for example, if a jury finds you 40 percent responsible for your accident, your recovery will be reduced by 40 percent to reflect your share of fault for your damages.