Motorcycle riders have the same rights to the road as other vehicles. However, sometimes the drivers of other vehicles fail to share the road or keep a proper lookout for bikers. Even the most responsible rider is at the mercy of other motorists. In the event of an accident, insurance companies and defense lawyers often defend motorcycle injury claims on the basis that the rider is at fault simply because riding a bike has risks. We don’t think that kind of treatment is fair and won’t give up until you are fully compensated for your injuries.
Philadelphia Motorcycle Accident Lawyer with Experience
The Wieand Law Firm is a strong advocate for motorcycle riders. Motorcycle accident attorney, Brent Wieand, is familiar with the bias motorcycle riders face in the event of an accident. Public opinion and sometimes even police reports go against the rider. He will fight to make sure you are treated fairly and work zealously on your behalf to defend your legal rights associated with motorcycle riding.
If you are involved in a motorcycle collision, the last thing you want to deal with are legal proceedings. Let the Wieand Law Firm take on this burden for you. The right motorcycle accident lawyer can help you put your life back together and get you compensation for losses such as medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering, and wrongful death.
Do I need to Wear a Helmet When Riding a Motorcycle in Pennsylvania?
Pursuant to Pennsylvania’s helmet law which became effective on September 4, 2003. A motorcycle rider who is over 21 years old and has been licensed to operate for 2 full calendar years, or has completed a motorcycle rider safety course, is not required to wear a helmet. However, that certainly doesn’t mean you shouldn’t.
Helmets Save Lives!
Traumatic brain injuries are the leading cause of death in motor cycle crashes. A helmet can help protect a rider in a crash by distributing the force across the outer shell and the impact-absorbing liner. Statistics show that wearing a helmet can reduce your risk of dying in a motorcycle accident by almost one third.
What if I was Injured in a Motorcycle Accident but I was Not Wearing a Helmet?
A motorcyclist may be able to recover compensation for personal injuries or wrongful death even if he/she was not wearing a helmet. Failing to wear a helmet does not necessarily bar recovery after an accident in Pennsylvania, regardless of your age or driving experience. To recover for personal injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident, you must prove negligence on the part of another party. If your own negligence contributed to the accident or your injuries, the amount of compensation awarded may be reduced. However, Pennsylvania is a comparative negligence state. This means that if you are partially at fault for the accident, your recovery will be reduced pro-rata for your comparative negligence.
To discuss your legal rights following a collision contact an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer at the Wieand Law Firm today.
Motorcycle Accident Injury Statistics
•42% (1,998) of motorcyclists in 2011 were killed in two vehicle accidents of which 38% (757) were the result of another vehicle turning left in front of the motorcycle.
•2,449 (49%) of all fatal motorcycle accidents in 2011 were the result of a bike colliding with another vehicle — only 6% of deaths were due to a bike being hit from behind. The Centers for Disease Control also reported on motorcycle accidents from 2001 through 2008.
•Over 34,000 motorcyclists are killed in accidents each year.
•The most likely age groups to be injured or killed on a motorcycle are persons 20-29 years of age.
•More than 50% of non-fatal injuries are to the back, neck, legs and feet.
•Over 1,222,000 motorcyclists have been treated in the emergency room for non-fatal injuries. The minimal amount of protection offered to motorcyclists makes them vulnerable to the unexpected on our roadways. Even with mandated safety precautions, too many serious injuries occur.
Free Legal Consultation with Motorcycle Accident Attorney Brent Wieand
For a free and friendly, no obligation consultation, call Brent Wieand, an experienced Philadelphia personal injury lawyer at 1 (800) 481-5206. Attorney Wieand represents injured clients on a contingency fee basis. This means you will never owe costs or attorneys fees unless he recovers money for you.
Philadelphia motorcycle accident attorney, Brent Wieand, has been chosen a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Brent represents motorcycle accident victims throughout all of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He is proud to serve clients in Southeastern Pennsylvania including Berks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties, as well as the New Jersey areas of Pennsauken, Gloucester and Camden NJ.
***This article is for informational purposes only. It is not legal advice and should not be used as legal advice.***