Ironically, the very reason riding a motorcycle can be so exhilarating is also the reason motorcycle accidents can be so disastrous. It is your freedom from a car’s “cage” that makes you so vulnerable in a motorcycle accident.
However, the fact remains that you should be free to ride a motorcycle if you choose without fearing that a careless driver will strike and potentially injure you.
At the same time, if you have indeed experienced a motorcycle crash and need someone to fight for your right to recover restitution for your injuries, trust a Moran Law Group motorcycle accident lawyer in Scranton, PA.
How Motorcycle Accidents Happen
According to studies by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 75% of all motorcycle accidents, and 50% of fatal accidents, involve two vehicles. The second is usually a car, and the motorcyclist almost always fares worse.
The most common factors in motorcycle accidents include:
- Inexperienced riders or drivers
- Alcohol & drugs
- Distractions (texting, talking on a cell phone, eating)
- Weaving in and out of traffic
- Not using a turn signal
- Driving on the wrong side of the road
- Lane splitting
- Poor weather conditions
- Unexpected obstacles
- Over braking
- Vehicle defects
- Road defects (potholes, broken asphalt)
- Harassment and road rage
- Failing to wear protective gear (helmet, leather)
The High Cost of Motorcycle Accidents
You should know that if you are riding a motorcycle and get into a car crash in Scranton, PA, it is usually the front of the motorcycle that gets hit. This is also the point of impact that results in the most incapacitating and fatal injuries. If you have been in a motorcycle accident, you may already have a good idea of its cost, including physical and emotional pain, expensive medical bills, lost wages, and property damage.
Identifying every potential factor in an accident is important in determining who is at fault (or what percent each person is at fault) and financially responsible.
“Fault” can be a complex issue on which you, the other driver, police and emergency responders, and insurance companies do not agree. It is even further complicated if there were equipment failures, poor road conditions, public vehicles, commercial trucks, or obstacles involved.
A Moran Law Group attorney can help prepare your strongest arguments and may even retain a private investigator to help build your case. But you must act quickly. The insurance companies will want to settle as quickly as they can. They will not want to wait to discover that you have long-term medical and disability issues.
To them, it’s just business. To you, it is your future. Do not agree to any settlement without talking to an attorney.
Seek Help from a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Scranton, PA
An experienced motorcycle accident lawyer in Scranton, PA, can help you:
- Understand your legal options
- Investigate the accident
- Challenge the police report’s findings
- Help prevent insurance companies from settling too soon
- Ensure that your long-term medical, psychological, and financial needs are identified
- Fight for compensation
Recovering from a motorcycle accident can be a long, hard road. The extent of your injuries in a motorcycle accident will be determined by what kind of crash you experienced.
A large truck going up against a motorcycle will likely not end well. Additionally, with commercial interstate trucks, the laws become more complicated regarding liability and insurance, so you’d need an expert Scranton truck accident lawyer to help you work through the details.
Whatever the extent of your injuries, you should not have to travel down that road to recovery alone if someone else’s carelessness caused your accident. If another driver caused your motorcycle accident and subsequent pain and suffering, we want to talk to you. We will defend your rights as a victim and ensure that you are not burdened with bills you are not rightly responsible for.
Contact the Moran Law Group now for a free consultation, and let’s work together to get you the compensation you are owed.