Have you or someone you love been involved in a motorcycle accident in the Philadelphia area? Are you struggling with painful, debilitating injuries? If someone else is at least partly responsible for your crash, you might be entitled to compensation. This money can make a huge difference as you fight to recover and get back on your feet.
Contact the experienced Philadelphia motorcycle accident lawyers at Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC to schedule a free consultation. We understand how devastating a motorcycle crash can be. We also know how critical money can be at a time like this. That’s why we’ll do everything we can to secure a settlement or award on your behalf.
How Will a Lawyer Help Me After a Philadelphia Motorcycle Crash?
As a motorcyclist, you don’t have a lot to protect you if you’re involved in an accident. This makes you vulnerable to painful, debilitating injuries. Many motorcycle riders become disabled because their injuries are so severe. When you get hurt, pursuing compensation is one of the most important things you’ll do.
When you hire an attorney, you’ll get help from someone who has experience handling these often-challenging cases. At Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC, we know Pennsylvania motorcycle laws inside and out. We know the strict procedures that will apply to your case. Most importantly, we know the lengths to which insurance companies will go to keep you from getting the money you deserve.
Here’s why you should call our Philadelphia law office for help after you get hurt in a motorcycle accident. We will:
- Stand up to insurance companies when they try to manipulate you and trick you into accepting a lowball offer.
- Call on our team of injury experts to better understand the value of your motorcycle accident case.
- Investigate the circumstances of your crash to figure out why it happened and who is responsible.
- Protect you and your ability to recover compensation when others try to shift blame to you.
We know you’re going through an incredibly tough time. You’ve got enough on your plate without the added stress of a lawsuit or injury claim. Let us help. All you have to do is make a quick call to our office. It’s that easy.
Who’s Responsible For My Injuries After a Philadelphia Motorcycle Accident?
Motorcycle accidents usually happen because someone is negligent. Maybe someone takes their eyes off of the road for a moment to check a text on their phone. Another person might cause an accident because they’re in too much of a hurry and don’t look for motorcyclists before changing lanes. Whatever the reason, negligence is usually a factor.
Accidents aren’t always cut and dry. More than one person can certainly be negligent and cause an accident. In Pennsylvania, anyone who is negligent and contributes to your motorcycle accident can be held financially responsible for resulting injuries. This might include:
- Drivers of cars and passenger vehicles
- Other motorcyclists
- Bus drivers
- Transit companies
- Employers of negligent parties
- Companies that manufactured a defective vehicle or piece of safety equipment, or
- Government agencies, including the state of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, or the city itself.
When multiple parties share fault, you can seek damages from every single one. It’s important to work with a law firm that will do the hard work to find out who’s to blame. Naming multiple defendants in your lawsuit – or identifying the ones with the deepest pockets – can help maximize your compensation.
What If I’m Blamed For My Motorcycle Accident in Philadelphia?
Pennsylvania, like many others, is a comparative negligence state. This means that it’s possible to share fault for an accident and still recover compensation for your injuries. However, if you do share fault, it’s important to know how Pennsylvania’s comparative fault rules might affect your case.
51 Percent Bar to Recovery
There’s a 51 percent bar to recovery in Pennsylvania. Simply put, you’re allowed to seek compensation as long as you share less than 51 percent of the blame. Someone else, or several other people, have to be primarily responsible for your injuries.
Damages Reduced By Fault
Let’s say you fall under the 51 percent threshold, and can legally seek compensation for your injuries. That’s great. However, it’s important to understand that your role in the accident will affect how much money you can recover. Your damages will be reduced by however much fault for the crash is allocated to you.
Let’s say you share 20 percent of the blame for your accident because you were speeding. You’ll be able to recover, at most, 80 percent of your damages. If, between medical bills and property damage, you sustained $10,000 in damages, you’d be allowed to recover a maximum of $8,000.
It’s important to work with an attorney who can help to minimize your role in the crash. The less fault allocated to you, the more money you can potentially recover.
What Causes Motorcycle Accidents in Pennsylvania?
Motorcycle accidents have actually been declining in Pennsylvania for a few years. However, accidents, particularly fatal crashes, are still very common. In 2017, Pennsylvania motorcycle accidents only accounted for 2.7 percent of all crashes across the country. However, the state registered 17.4 percent of all fatal motorcycle accidents, nationwide. The state ranked as the fourth highest in the United States for motorcycle deaths.
Why are motorcycle accidents happening so frequently on Pennsylvania and Philadelphia roads? A lot of factors contribute to these devastating crashes. However, studies reveal that certain causes are reported more often than others.
Common causes of motorcycle accidents and injuries include:
- Distractions (e.g., texting, talking on the phone, eating, drinking)
- Drunk driving
- Fatigued driving
- Lane splitting
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Making unsafe or illegal turns
- Environmental factors, including weather, traffic conditions, and time of day
- Hazardous road conditions, and
- Defective vehicles or equipment.
Unfortunately, many riders are killed in accidents because they failed to wear a safety helmet. In 2016, more than half of all riders killed in Pennsylvania motorcycle accidents weren’t wearing a helmet at the time of their fatal crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that more than 800 lives could be saved every year if riders simply wore a helmet.
You Deserve Money For All of Your Philadelphia Motorcycle Crash Injuries
A motorcycle accident injury has the potential to change your life forever. Our Philadelphia personal injury lawyers are prepared to help you fight to get money for all of your crash-related injuries, including:
- Lost limbs
- Broken bones
- Crushing injury
- Head injury
- Brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Wrongful death, and more.
Contact our passionate legal team to schedule a free, no-obligation case assessment. Can’t make it into our Philadelphia law office to talk about your case? We can come to you. We can visit you at home, at work, or at the hospital while you get treated for your injuries. All you have to do is call and ask for our help. We’ll make it as easy as possible for you.
What is My Philadelphia Motorcycle Accident Case Worth?
It depends. A lot of different factors will influence how much your case is worth. One study, which focused on motorcycle accident lawsuits between 1999 and 2006, determined that the average jury verdict for injured riders was $73,700. However, this doesn’t take into account the fact that the vast majority of motorcycle accident lawsuits settle well before trial. Your case could be valued at less, or even significantly more.
The value of your case depends on your injuries and damages. This can include:
- Medical expenses
- Property damage (cost of replacements or repairs)
- Rehabilitation or nursing care
- Lost wages and income
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Loss of enjoyment of life, and more.
It’s important to work with an attorney who knows how to properly assess your case. At Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC, we’ve established relationships with some of the most respected injury experts in the greater Philadelphia area.
They can help us get a better understanding of what your case is worth. We’re not just trying to determine what your injuries cost you today, but how they’ll affect you in the future, as well.
How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After a Philadelphia Motorcycle Accident?
You’ll need to act quickly if you’ve been hurt in a Philadelphia motorcycle crash. You’ll only have two years from the date of your accident to file a personal injury claim with your local court. If the statute of limitations expires before you’ve filed a claim, you’ll lose the right to demand the money you need.
Not sure how much time you have to file a lawsuit or injury claim? Let us help. Give us a call as soon as you can after your accident. We can get to work on your personal injury case right away.
Call Our Philadelphia Motorcycle Accident Lawyers For Help
Have you been injured in a Philadelphia motorcycle accident? Contact Zavodnick, Zavodnick, and Lasky LLC for immediate assistance. Our attorneys have been fighting on behalf of motorcycle accident victims for more than 30 years. We’ll go above and beyond to get you the money you deserve.
Your first consultation is free, so call to schedule yours today.