With consistently warm weather just around the corner, many Pennsylvania residents may be preparing themselves to take their motorcycles out of the garage and hit the road. Although riding a motorcycle can be a peaceful, relaxing, fun and cost-effective way to get around town, it can also be dangerous. Some motorcycle accidents are caused by errant motorcyclists, but the fact remains that approximately two-thirds of all motorcycle wrecks are caused by drivers of other vehicles.
Making matters worse, motorcyclists are nearly 26 times more likely to die in an accident when compared to those involved in crashes involving passenger vehicles. The number of motorcycle fatalities seem to continue to increase each year, showing just how devastating of a problem this issue can be for Pennsylvanians. Even those who are fortunate enough to survive a motorcycle accident may suffer extensive damages, including physical and emotional pain and suffering, lost wages and medical expenses.
Fortunately, those who are injured in a motorcycle accident may be able to recover compensation for their losses if they can impose liability on a negligent driver who caused their wreck. This can be a challenging task, but when it comes to motorcycle crashes, there are certain things that can help direct a person toward what could be favorable evidence. It starts with knowing that motorcycles are small visual targets, meaning that many motorists fail to see them before making driving decisions. Knowing this, a victim may want to consider whether their accident was caused by failing to identify a motorcyclist before changing lanes, turning left or coming to a stop.
Gathering the evidence needed to put forth a strong personal injury case takes diligence and aggressiveness. In the context of a motorcycle accident case, a skilled attorney may be able to help a victim assess police reports, subpoena witnesses and gather records documenting a victim's injuries all in an attempt to impose liability and recover compensation. While the ultimate goal of a personal injury lawsuit is to make a victim whole again, it can also serve the dual purpose of raising awareness of a serious issue, encouraging others to double-check for motorcyclists before making driving decisions that could result in a severe accident.