Pennsylvania has some of the most scenic motorcycle routes in the country. Unfortunately, the state also has one of the highest fatality rates for motorcycle accidents, with 184 fatalities recorded in 2017.
As a motorcyclist, you need to know the laws that affect you in Pennsylvania and what actions you should take after being involved in an accident.
What Action Should I Take After a Motorcycle Accident ?
- If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, it can be challenging to know what actions to take to protect yourself and your rights. After an accident, consider the following steps:
- If you have sustained injuries, call 911 for medical attention or have someone call on your behalf. If you do not have injuries, then check on anyone else involved in the accident.
- If your injuries initially appear minor, you should still see a doctor as soon as possible. Some injuries, such as whiplash or head injuries, may not be apparent for several days. By seeking a medical examination as soon as possible, you create an evidentiary record.
- If able to do so, collect all contact information from other parties involved in the accident and any witnesses such as pedestrians or other road users. This includes names, contact numbers, insurance information, and license plates.
- Collect as much photographic or video evidence you can before any involved vehicles are moved. Record evidence of the other vehicles as well as anything that contributed to the accident. This can include weather conditions, obstructions on the roadway, poor or inadequate signage, and roadwork.
- Report the accident to your insurance company as soon as possible. Most insurance companies have a strict time limit to make a claim. Keep to the basic facts of what happened. Never get into conversations about who was to blame.
- As soon as it is available, obtain the crash report. It can be ordered by mail or online for $22. Having a copy of this report can help you with your insurance claim or lawsuit.
- Keep a detailed record of all expenses and financial losses.
- Engage an experienced Philadelphia auto injury and motorcycle lawyer to help navigate the complex auto accident laws in Pennsylvania.
What are the Pennsylvania Laws Regarding Motorcycle Insurance ?
Pennsylvania is one of 12 states in the U.S. that is a no-fault state. If a motorcyclist has no-fault insurance, then they can claim for the following damages under their insurance:
- Medical costs
- Lost wages
- Property or vehicle damage
- Compensation for any loss of services
- Funeral expenses if the accident resulted in a death
- Permanent impairment or permanent serious disfigurement
- Loss of companionship
- Death benefitsYou cannot claim for pain and suffering, inconvenience, or mental anguish under no-fault insurance. The statute of limitations for making a claim after a motorcycle accident is two years from the date of the accident.
In some cases, if the motorcycle accident was the result of a fault in the performance or design of the vehicle, you may be able to file a product liability suit against the manufacturer to receive compensation.
Should I Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer to Pursue my Claim ?
Our law firm has extensive experience representing the victims of motorcycle accidents in negotiations with insurance companies and in the courtroom.
As experienced personal injury lawyers, we can work to ensure a positive outcome, and we always operate on a no-win, no-fee basis. If you would like to know more or to schedule a free consultation, call us at (215) 735-4800.
At the Law Offices of Joel J. Kofsky, we are committed to protecting the rights of motorcycle victims, and we are ready to seek the justice and compensation you deserve.