If you are a motorcycle rider, that does not necessarily mean you own a motorcycle. In many cases, people choose to rent a motorcycle to take a trip or enjoy riding for a few days. Regardless of whether you own a motorcycle or rent one, there are risks. Motorcyclists face more risks than those in regular passenger vehicles. At SMT Legal, we want to talk about what happens if you are in an accident involving a rental motorcycle. Our motorcycle accident lawyers in Pittsburgh are ready to step in and help you get through this.
During the latest reporting year for Pennsylvania, we know that there was a total of 3,194 motorcycle accidents. Out of those, there were:
It is not uncommon for us to see the following after a motorcycle crash:
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You will not be allowed to rent a motorcycle if you do not have a valid Pennsylvania motorcycle license. To get a motorcycle license in the commonwealth, a person must pass a basic motorcycle knowledge test. They then have to obtain a permit to ride with a qualified instructor or motorcycle license holder. A rider then has to pass a skills test to obtain a fully valid motorcycle license. A rider can also choose to take a Motorcycle Safety Program approved by Pennsylvania to waive the skills test requirement.
If you are renting a motorcycle, you will need to have insurance coverage. The company you are renting from will likely have information available about insurance you can purchase. You can also use your personal insurance carrier. Simply call them and ask for temporary coverage for however many days you will have the motorcycle. You can typically get this coverage for around $15 to $25 per day.
If you get into a crash while on a rental motorcycle, treat it like any other crash – seek medical care for any injuries, ensure the police are called to make a report, and document all evidence at the scene.
If you or a loved one are involved in a rental motorcycle accident, you need to seek legal assistance regardless of who was at fault in the incident. At SMT Legal, we are ready to help you get through this. If you are injured or there is property damage, we want to make sure you are treated fairly and get the compensation you need. This can include:
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