Delaware County offers some of the most scenic beauty in the state, which makes it a popular destination for motorcycle enthusiasts. Still, despite the lure of the scenic routes in and around the county, an ugly underside to all this beauty that all motorcyclists must contend with is the dangers of the road. Not all drivers treat motorcyclists with respect, and accidents are far too common, as any seasoned motorcycle accident attorney will attest. In fact, motorcycle operators are up to 27 times more likely to die in a crash than drivers and occupants of other types of vehicles, according to the National Highway Safety and Traffic Administration (NHTSA).
A Delaware County motorcycle accident attorney is the first line of assistance for injured motorcycle operators and their passengers. Motorcyclists harmed due to the negligence of others on the road have a right to collect damages from the reckless or careless at-fault party. This may include medical costs, lost wages, future medical bills, and pain and suffering, among other awards. In the event of particularly catastrophic injuries where the victim of the motorcycle accident is left with disabilities and/or disfigurements, awards may be enhanced.
It is not uncommon for motorcycle riders to become critically injured while operating their motorcycles. It is not hard to see how these injuries are so profound. After all, motorcycles offer zero protection from impact, and most riders are ejected forcefully from their motorcycles when an accident occurs. Because of this lack of crashworthiness, motorcycles are notorious for being involved in serious injury accidents and fatalities.
In fact, more than 93 percent of crashes involving motorcycles result in injury or death, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). And as an overall measure of the prevalence of motorcycles in crashes throughout the state, motorcycles were involved in more than 20 percent of fatal wrecks throughout the Commonwealth, but they account for just 3.3 percent of the total number of crashes. More than half of all fatalities are among riders and passengers who do not wear their helmets.
Drivers who drive recklessly and without regard for the safety of others on the roadway often cause motorcycle accidents. Drivers who speed, drink and drive, use drugs and drive, text and drive, or make errors on the road are most apt to become the impetus for motorcycle wrecks.
Being hurt in an accident can certainly derail your plans for the immediate future, but when you are seriously injured, your life is basically on hold until you are made whole again, both physically and financially. This underlines the importance of collecting damages for lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering, among other fair and just compensation due to you by law. Trust the seasoned Delaware County motorcycle accident attorneys at Solomon, Sherman & Gabay to go head-to-head with big insurance companies and others so that you can collect the maximum compensation owed to you for your injuries. You can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling 215-665-1100.