Motorcycle riders are readily aware of the dangers that they assume when they hit the open road on their bikes. Most will gladly take on the risk that comes from having such little protection in exchange for the exhilarating feeling of riding a motorcycle near and far. Motorcycle riders, because of their lack of protection and thorough added defensive training, are safer drivers on the roads that drivers in cars and trucks.
However, despite these safety precautions, many riders can and do get into accidents. According to the Insurance Information Institute, when motorcyclists are involved in accidents, they are 26 more times likely to die than a car driver. It is also interesting to note that statistics show that as many as two out of three accidents involving motorcycles and cars are caused by car drivers. When this is the case, and a motorcycle rider is the victim of another person’s actions, riders must take immediate steps to protect themselves and seek compensation for their losses by hiring a Philadelphia-based motorcycle accident attorney.
While negligent drivers are the primary cause of motorcycle accidents, sometimes there are equipment failures or defective protective gear that may cause a rider to sustain injuries. In some cases, an overall defective design in the motorcycle itself may be the cause of your injuries. When this happens, you can also pursue damages for your losses.
If you suffered an accident while riding a motorcycle, your injuries can be severe, ranging from scrapes and broken bones to more serious trauma including head, neck, and spinal injuries. Recovery can be a long and painful process.
If you ride a motorcycle in the greater Philadelphia area and you’ve been injured in an accident, contact Master Weinstein and Moyer to explore your legal options. We serve clients in Philadelphia and the surrounding Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York communities.