A motorcycle accident can be one of the catastrophic things to ever happen to a person and their family. The serious physical injuries caused by a motorcycle accident can be traumatic – severe burns, amputations, spinal cord damage, brain injuries or even death from motorcycle accidents occur all too frequently in Pennsylvania.
If you or your loved one has been injured in a serious motorcycle accident, our Pittsburgh Personal Injury Lawyers are here to answer any questions you may have – contact us today for a free case evaluation.
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It is unfortunate that so many motorcycle accidents could have been avoided if the drivers of the automobile who caused the accident had been less negligent. The most common cause of motorcycle accidents is negligence by another driver. Oftentimes drivers of cars, pick-up trucks, SUVs and large trucks do not give motorcyclists enough space causing rear end crashes.
Other vehicles may also cause limited visibility crashes by failing to check their mirrors closely before changing lanes. If motorists do not see the motorcyclist in their mirror, they may overlook them altogether, not bothering to check blind spots. Or, other drivers may be distracted or texting or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
The difficulty lies in proving the other driver was negligent and caused the motorcycle crash. Having an aggressive and compassionate motorcycle attorney who specializes in guiding accident victims and their families through the legal process of personal injury is crucial to getting the best outcome for your case.
The personal injury attorneys at SMT Legal will do everything possible to get you and your family the money you deserve and help you recover what you are owed for your injuries and lost wages and future lost wages.
We help minimize your stress by aggressively fighting the insurance company or responsible party. We are here to answer your questions and we offer free case evaluations. We do not charge a fee unless we win your case.
Our personal injury law firm was established based on the partnership of two experienced attorneys – one who spent decades representing injured people and the other with an extensive background in representing insurance companies. Our attorneys understand how both sides work and use this knowledge to maximize the outcomes for our clients.
Our law firm does not believe in backing down to insurance companies when they are offering our clients an unreasonable settlement. Instead, we advise our clients that we are ready, willing and able to prepare their case for trial. Of course, sometimes our clients are not interested in going to court, and in those instances we work hard to resolve the matter without involving further litigation.
As a motorcycle accident victim or the loved one of a victim, you may be entitled to recover damages such as:
We will conduct an extensive investigation into your accident, collecting evidence and talking to witnesses and law enforcement officers as needed to present a strong case.
We have a team of lawyers, investigators, and field experts who work together to build a strong case for our clients. We will fight the insurance companies aggressively with the number one goal of achieving the best possible outcome. Contact our attorneys for a free case evaluation today.
We know when to negotiate, when to go to court and how to get you money for your injuries. We will try to get the maximum compensation you deserve.
If you or your loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident due to someone else’s negligence, you have the right to seek fair compensation for medical bills, damages, suffering and lost time at work.
Contact the attorneys at SMT Legal for a free legal case evaluation.
In addition to motorcycle accidents, we also help injured people involved in:
Motorcycle crashes are considered the most dangerous type of motor vehicle accidents on our roads because the vast majority of these accidents involve high speeds. Besides, unlike occupants of passenger vehicles, motorcycle riders are not protected by multiple layers of metal and steel, and thus are more likely to sustain a serious injury or die at the scene.
Due to the severity of motorcycle accidents and the seriousness of injuries sustained by motorcyclists, the average personal injury settlement following a motorcycle crash is nearly $74,000, according to law. Your personal injury case can be worth considerably more if you are represented by a Pittsburgh motorcycle accident attorney.
Here at SMT Legal, our experienced motorcycle accident lawyers in Pittsburgh have recovered more than $20 million on behalf of our clients who suffered harm in motorcycle crashes.
Statistically speaking, motorcycle accidents are deadlier than any other type of motor vehicle collisions. But why is that? Because motorcycle riders lack the protection of an enclosed vehicle, they are more likely to get injured or die in motor vehicle accidents.
Per mile traveled, the number of deaths on motorcycles was nearly 28 times the number in passenger cars, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Our Pittsburgh motorcycle accident attorney notes that motorcycle crash fatalities have doubled in the past decade, largely due to the fact that an ever-increasing number of people purchase motorcycles.
Contrary to popular belief, not all motorcycle accidents are caused by young, inexperienced, and reckless motorcyclists. In fact, a large percentage of motorcycle crashes involve riders over 40 who have slower reaction times, operate the bike under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and get distracted while riding, not to mention that there is more congestion on our roads than ever before and drivers travel at faster speeds.
Statistics show that the rider’s legs and feet account for about 30 percent of all motorcycle accident injuries, while injuries to the head and neck account for more than 22 percent of all motorcycle injuries. A large percentage of head injuries and deaths can be prevented by helmet use. Since Pennsylvania repealed its mandatory helmet law in 2003, those who operate motorcycles are not required to wear protective headgear unless under 21 years of age.
Fact: Helmets are about 37 percent effective in preventing motorcycle deaths and about 67 percent effective in preventing brain injuries, according to the IIHS.
The things you do after a motorcycle accident have a tremendous impact on your safety, recovery, and the likelihood of obtaining financial compensation.
It is critical for individuals to understand that they have a limited amount of time to file motorcycle accident claims In Pittsburgh. The Pennsylvania personal injury statute of limitations is two years from the date an injury occurs. If a motorcyclist fails to file a claim within this two-year timeframe, they will lose the ability to recover the compensation they need.
However, we do want motorcycle accident victims in Pittsburgh to understand that insurance carriers do not have the same deadline. Most insurance carriers require that motorcycle accidents be reported within a day or two after they occur. Failing to abide by insurance carrier deadlines could result in a claim delay or denial.
When we turn to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, we can see that there were nearly 3,000 total motorcycle collisions across the Commonwealth during the latest reporting year. Out of these incidents, there were 2,860 injuries reported and a total of 174 fatalities.
When we take a closer look at these statistics, we can see that the vast majority of motorcyclists involved in these accidents sustained some sort of injury or fatality. Motorcyclists simply do not have much protection from the force of a vehicle slamming into them. Additionally, these accidents often result in two impacts for the motorcyclists – one with a vehicle and another with the ground. Both of these impacts can lead to serious injuries for the victim.
Injured motorcyclists in Pittsburgh may still be able to recover compensation even if they are partially at fault for their injuries. Pennsylvania operates under what is called a “modified comparative negligence” system. This means that injury victims in the Commonwealth can recover compensation so long as they are less than 51% responsible for their injury. Any person 51% or more responsible for an accident will be unable to recover compensation for their losses.
However, as part of the modified comparative negligence system, the total amount of compensation a motorcycle accident victim receives will be reduced based on their percentage of fault. For example, if a motorcyclist attempted to change lanes and was rear-ended by an alcohol-impaired driver right after changing lanes and sustained $100,000 worth of damages, the impaired driver may be seen as being totally at fault. However, what happens if the motorcyclist failed to use a turn signal or hand signals to indicate that they were changing lanes?
In this particular situation, it is plausible that a personal injury jury will find that the motorcyclist was 30% at fault because they failed to properly signal the lane change. In this instance, the motorcyclist would receive $70,000 in compensation instead of the full $100,000 to account for their percentage of fault.
Many victims of motorcycle accidents wonder, “What can a motorcycle accident lawyer do that I can’t?” If you are one of those who have no idea how a personal injury lawyer can help in your situation, you need to understand that there are a lot of things that go into investigating motorcycle accident cases and pursuing compensation for damages and losses. In fact, it may be difficult to recover damages even when the other party’s fault is obvious.
Apart from providing you with a free consultation about your case, handling all the paperwork necessary for your legal case, handling negotiations on your behalf, and preparing your case for a trial process, your motorcycle accident attorney in Pittsburgh or elsewhere in Pennsylvania will do the following:
As you can see, there are many benefits of hiring a motorcycle accident lawyer in Pittsburgh or elsewhere in Pennsylvania. If you are still uncertain about whether or not you need legal representation from an attorney, schedule a free consultation with our lawyers at SMT Legal. Call at 412-765-3345 and let us convince you in person.
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