Motorcyclists have little in the way of protection from external impacts compared to drivers and passengers inside enclosed motor vehicles. Unfortunately, this means they are especially susceptible to serious injuries sustained in a bike wreck.
If you were hit by a car or truck while riding a motorbike, it is important to get legal help as soon as possible. Our Blue Bell motorcycle accident lawyers can explain your recovery options, navigate the legal system, and demand fair compensation on your behalf.
Jon Ostroff and his team of attorneys at Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers have won verdicts and settlements for thousands of injured clients.
For example, we represented a motorcycle passenger who suffered broken ribs, a lung injury, and a broken leg in a bike crash that occurred on a PA rural highway. We recovered $250,000 for this client in just four months. The sooner you reach out to Jon Ostroff and our skilled personal injury attorneys, the sooner we can get to work on your case.
Compensable Damages in Motorcycle Accident Claims
Motorcycles are considered “non-private” vehicles in the sense that riders are not protected by an external shell, like other motor vehicle drivers. Consequently, motorcycles are exempt from the restrictions that impact people with limited tort car insurance coverage.
If you were hurt in a motorbike accident caused by a negligent driver, you can recover compensation for the economic and non-economic losses you suffered due to the crash. The financial value of a motorcycle wreck claim will vary depending on the specific types of physical, financial, and personal harm you experience. That being said, common damages factored into these types of cases include:
- Pain and suffering
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost income, including lost professional and financial opportunities
- Motorcycle repair or replacement costs
- Lost consortium
- Loss of life’s pleasures
A skilled attorney in Blue Bell can help you determine the potential value of your motorcycle accident case.
Potential Obstacles to Comprehensive Recovery
Filing a personal injury case can be complicated. Various laws may impact your chances of recovering compensation. For example, the at-fault party may claim that you are partially responsible for the accident. According to 42 Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes §7102, the court can reduce your compensation by your percentage of fault.
Additionally, 42 PA Con. Stat. §5524 sets a two-year filing deadline for most personal injury cases. In almost every personal injury claim scenario, if you do not properly file a lawsuit against all parties responsible for your harm and losses within two years of a crash, you will lose the right to recover compensation, even if you have strong evidence against the other driver. A lawyer familiar with motorbike wreck cases can inform you of these laws and help you protect your legal rights.
Speak with a Blue Bell Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today
Taking legal action after a serious motorcycle wreck can be a lot more complicated than it might initially seem. Even if you have experience with civil litigation, collecting and presenting sufficient evidence to prove someone else is liable for your injuries can be almost impossible without guidance from a legal professional.
A Blue Bell motorcycle accident lawyer from Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers can help you build a strong case and fight for full compensation. Call our office today to set up a free consultation.