We have plenty of motorcyclists in and around Philly. This is a wonderful place to ride, especially once you get a little bit out of the city and onto the open roads. We know that you do your best to ride safely, however you cannot control the actions of the drivers around you.
When you need a Philadelphia motorcycle accident attorney, Soloff & Zervanos, P.C. is standing by. Our qualified and experienced team is ready to investigate your case and work to secure the compensation you deserve for all of your crash-related expenses.
What Can Happen?
Anyone who owns a motorcycle knows that there are added risks when they hit the roadways. Even when a rider is wearing a helmet, they will never have as much protection as a regular vehicle passenger. This makes them more vulnerable to the actions of negligent and careless drivers.
For the latest reporting year in Pennsylvania, there were:
- 185 motorcyclist fatalities
- 3,052 motorcyclist injuries
Nearly every motorcycle crash results in some kind of injury or fatality.
Why is that?
Consider that the average passenger vehicle weighs around 4,000 pounds. When a motorcyclist is struck, they will absorb the impact of the vehicle and then an impact with the ground. It is not uncommon for us to see the following injuries in the aftermath of a motorcycle crash:
- Spinal cord trauma (possible paralysis)
- Head injuries/traumatic brain injuries
- Internal organ damage or internal bleeding
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Severe lacerations, amputations, or road rash
The cost of these injuries can become tremendous and extend well beyond initial medical expenses. In many cases, multiple surgeries and extended rehabilitation are necessary for a victim to make a recovery. If a person is unable to work and earn an income, this will compound the financial problems.
Motorcyclists are vulnerable to getting struck by negligent and careless drivers. It is not uncommon for a cyclist to be injured as a result of:
- Impaired drivers
- Distracted drivers
- Those who speed or drive aggressively
- Drivers following them too closely
- Improper driver lane changes
We also need to point out that motorcyclists are much more vulnerable to crashes due to poorly maintained roadways. Government agencies and private companies tasked with ensuring roadways are drivable should perform regular inspections and maintenance and immediately repair any damages or remove hazards from the road.
What Your Attorney Can Do
Your first priority after a motorcycle crash needs to be dealing with your injuries. This can make it difficult to deal with insurance companies and other parties. At Soloff & Zervanos, P.C., we are ready to step in and help if someone else’s negligence has caused you harm. We want to ensure that you are compensated for all of your injury-related expenses, including:
- Coverage of medical expenses
- Recovery of lost wages if you cannot work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages