Helping Philadelphia Motorcycle Accident Victims Recover the Monetary Compensation they Deserve
Motorcycles can be thrilling to ride, but they can also be dangerous machines. This is especially true in the context of motorcycle accidents. Motorcycles offer their operators and passengers very little protection. When a serious accident occurs, motorcyclists are often forced off their bikes and onto the ground, significantly increasing their chances of injury. Injuries sustained in this type of accident are often serious and can include traumatic head injuries, fractures, broken bones, and spinal cord injuries.
Insurance coverage requirements are also different for motorcycle operators than for car and truck operators. Motorcycle operators, for example, are not required to hold the same types of insurance as automobile drivers, and their available coverage is sometimes less.
If you have suffered injuries in a serious motorcycle accident, The Law Offices of Joel J. Kofsky may be able to help. Our experienced Philadelphia lawyers can work with the at-fault party’s insurance company to try and reach a favorable settlement on your behalf. If the insurance company refuses to offer you full and fair compensation for your injuries, our motorcycle accident attorneys have the knowledge and skills to effectively litigate your case and take it to trial.
Typical Causes of Philadelphia Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle crashes occur in a variety of different contexts. Some of the most typical causes of these accidents include the following:
- Drunk motorcycle operation – There is no disputing that alcohol impairs a driver’s reaction time. When motorcyclists operate their bikes while under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol, they can cause serious injuries for themselves and their passengers.
- Construction work – Roadway construction work is often accompanied by uneven lanes, potholes, and other road defects. Defective road conditions at construction sites can cause motorcycles to veer off the road, tip over, or dislodge the operator and any passengers from the bike. In this context, motorcycle accident victims may be able to sue the construction company.
- Road defects – Cities, counties, and other municipalities are responsible for maintaining their roadways in a reasonably safe condition at all times. When defective road conditions lead to motorcyclists to crash, the City of Philadelphia may be a potential defendant in any claim or lawsuit that is filed.
- Negligent drivers – When cars and trucks collide with motorcycles and other small vehicles, the sheer impact of the accident can cause motorcyclists to fall from their bikes and suffer serious injuries. Negligent driving can take many forms, but it typically involves distracted driving or disregarding the rules of the road.
Motorcycle crash attorney Joel J. Kofsky and his legal team can review the circumstances of your situation with you and help you decide on the appropriate legal action to pursue.
Defendants in a Motorcycle Accident Case
A variety of individuals may be on the line for negligence in a Philadelphia motorcycle accident case. For example, if you were injured as a motorcycle passenger, you may be able to file a claim or lawsuit against the operator of the motorcycle if he or she behaved negligently. You may also have a claim against another driver if that driver somehow caused or contributed to the motorcycle accident.
In the case of hazardous road conditions, you may be able to file a claim against a construction company or against the City of Philadelphia, a county, or other municipality. When it comes to governmental entities, however, special notice requirements sometimes apply, and an accident victim must fully satisfy these requirements before filing a lawsuit with the court.
If you have suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident, time may be of the essence in your case. This is because in Pennsylvania, all personal injury claims and lawsuits must be filed within two years of the date of accident and injury. At The Law Offices of Joel J. Kofsky, our legal team can ensure that every potentially responsible party is named in your claim or lawsuit – and that your claim or lawsuit is timely filed.
Filing a Negligence Lawsuit
An injured motorcyclist can file a claim for negligence if the defendant – usually another driver – failed to act in an ordinary, reasonable, and prudent manner under the circumstances. The accident victim must then be able to demonstrate that this violation caused the accident, as well as the injuries and other damages sustained.
Proving negligence in a motorcycle accident case can sometimes be difficult, given the number of factors and potential defendants in play. Joel J. Kofsky has litigated many motorcycle cases in and around Philadelphia and can help you prove the legal elements necessary to prevail in your case.
Proving Economic and Noneconomic Damages
Crashes can bring about significant injuries for both motorcycle operators and their passengers. Accident victims may incur high medical bills and may have to undergo lengthy and painful medical procedures. They may also miss long periods of time from work, resulting in significant wage loss. In addition to these economic damages, motorcycle accident victims also deserve to be compensated for all of the pain, suffering, and inconvenience they must endure.
When it comes to proving damages in personal injury cases, insurance companies are usually skeptical. The insurance company will look for any reason to pay out as little compensation as possible, often pointing to an accident victim’s preexisting injuries or medical conditions.
The motorcycle accident lawyers at The Law Offices of Joel J. Kofsky regularly retain medical specialists, economists, vocational rehabilitation experts, and other experts to maximize a victim’s damages in a Philadelphia personal injury case.
Talk to an Experienced Philadelphia Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today
No one asks to be involved in a serious motorcycle accident. At The Law Offices of Joel J. Kofsky, we make it our job to obtain money damages for our clients – many of whom are victims of serious motorcycle accidents. Our firm operates on a contingency fee basis, which means that we do not get paid unless you recover monetary compensation for your personal injuries.
To schedule a free consultation and case evaluation with a Philadelphia motorcycle accident attorney, please call us today at 215-735-4800 or contact us online.