Motorcycles may be fun to ride and motorcycle riding may be a lifestyle in itself, but the ugly truth is that people who travel via motorcycle are 27 times more likely per vehicle mile to die in a traffic accident than people who occupy or drive a standard passenger vehicle, says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). And according to Penn DOT, 93.4 percent of crashes involving a motorcycle result in either injury or death to those involved. Those frightening statistics underscore the devastating events that follow in the aftermath of a motorcycle accident. If you have been seriously injured while riding a motorcycle or as a passenger on a motorcycle, reach out to a motorcycle accident attorney right away to find out how you may be able to file a claim for compensation.
Roadways in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania offer a beautiful backdrop for leisurely motorcycle rides, but it can take just a split second for a motorcycle ride to turn deadly. In 2020, there were 3,503 motorcycle crashes in Pennsylvania, with 217 fatalities resulting. This was a sharp increase from 2019 when there were just 174 motorcycle crash fatalities. Motorcycle crashes increased by 14 percent and fatal crashes jumped by around 23 percent from 2019 to 2020. And although motorcycles make up just a small percentage of the overall number of vehicles on the state’s roadways, crashes involving motorcycles account for 20.3 percent of crash totals, or roughly one crash in five involving a motorcycle.
Serious and debilitating injuries generally follow a motorcycle accident, ranging from serious fractures and broken bones to concussions and traumatic brain and spine injuries. Injured victims may require long hospital stays, multiple surgeries, grueling rehabilitation, and a lifetime of specialized medical care to return to some semblance of normalcy following a catastrophic motorcycle accident.
The sad thing about these types of accidents is that they are generally 100 percent preventable. These senseless injuries and avoidable deaths many times occur due to the negligence of other motorists on the road, whether from speeding, failing to yield, making reckless left-hand turns, or just general distraction while behind the wheel. When a negligent driver causes motorcyclists to become injured, the motorcycle operator may be entitled to collect medical costs, lost income, and other damages.
Are you a motorcyclist harmed due to the recklessness, carelessness, or negligence of someone else? The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania limits the time that you have to file a claim for compensation from the individuals or entities responsible for your injuries. Secure your right to be reimbursed for the damages incurred in your case by reaching out to the seasoned Montgomery County motorcycle accident attorneys at Solomon, Sherman & Gabay to review the merits of your case and the circumstances surrounding your accident. You can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling 215-665-1100.