Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Pennsylvania
Personal Injury Attorney Helping the Injured Get the Compensation They Deserve Throughout PA
Though society frequently mischaracterizes motorcyclists as “daredevils” who feed on pure adrenaline, bobbing and weaving dangerously through traffic, the reality is that motorcyclists are usually quite conscious about safety — which, to some extent, they have to be. The smaller size profile of motorcycles (which makes them somewhat more difficult to spot than four-wheelers) and the lack of external structural protection means that motorcyclists are involved in a disproportionately greater numbers of accidents, and the injuries resulting from these accidents tend to be much more severe.
In fact, a 2014 study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that motorcyclist deaths occurred 27 times more frequently than fatalities in other vehicles, while injuries occurred 6 times more frequently.
PA motorcyclists are just as entitled to a safe roadway experience as drivers of cars and trucks. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident due to another person’s negligent acts, then you may be legally entitled to recover damages as compensation for your injuries. To recover such damages, you’ll have to bring a legitimate motorcycle accident claim against the defendant(s) pursuant to Pennsylvania personal injury law.
Bringing a motorcycle accident claim in Pennsylvania can be overwhelming for those unfamiliar with injury litigation. In order to maximize your recovery, you’ll want to consult with a skilled motorcycle accident attorney with years of proven experience. To get connected today, call The Law Office of Mark A. Smith at (412) 567-9598 for a free consultation with lead Attorney Smith, who — over the course of his career — has helped numerous clients obtain damages for their accident claims.
Negligent Acts in PA Motorcycle Crashes
If you were injured in a Pennsylvania motorcycle accident caused by another, then it is likely that one of the following negligent acts are implicated (this is not an exhaustive list, however):
- The defendant driver failed to yield right-of-way.
- The defendant driver was driving inattentively and failed to notice the presence of the motorcyclist, resulting in a collision.
- The defendant driver was speeding.
- The motorcycle itself was defective, which led to mechanical issues on the road.
- The roadway was designed or maintained in an unsafe manner.
- The roadway did not have proper signage warning of non-obvious and unexpected dangers.
These acts of negligence can lead to a variety of injuries, including but not limited to:
- Road rash
- Head injuries (external and internal)
- Brain damage
- Bone fractures
- Torn ligaments
- Spinal injuries
PA Motorcycle Accident Claims Have Deadlines
Regardless of the facts and circumstances underlying your motorcycle accident, it’s critical that you consult with an experienced attorney as soon as possible after your injury. Pennsylvania law imposes a two-year statute of limitations for personal injury cases. What this means is that you have two years from the date of injury to file your lawsuit against the defendant(s). If you fail to do so, then your legal right to recover damages pursuant to Civil litigation will be relinquished.
Further, if your motorcycle accident claim involves a public defendant (i.e., the city government, a public employee such as a bus driver, etc.), then you must notify the applicable public entity of your intent to file a civil action within six months of the date of the accident. Just as with lawsuits against private entities, failure to notify the public entity before the deadline passes will prevent legal recovery.
Contact The Law Office of Mark A. Smith Today to Discuss Your PA Motorcycle Accident Claim
Attorney Mark A. Smith takes great pride in complete client representation. When you work with Mark, you can be sure that your concerns are heard, and that your claims will be treated with the seriousness and priority they deserve. Clients are connected directly to Attorney Smith, and communication is kept open and honest.
Interested in setting up a free consultation? Call (412) 567-9598 or use the online contact form.