FAQ: Motorcycle Accidents
If you were involved in a motorcycle accident, you likely have numerous questions about how to proceed, what your rights are and whether you will be able to receive compensation. Below, we’ve answered some of the most frequently asked questions we receive about motorcycle accidents.
In most situations, however, the best way to receive the specific answers you need after a motor vehicle accident is by talking directly to an attorney who understands the details of your situation.
I Wasn’t Wearing My Helmet During The Accident. Can I Still Receive Compensation?
In Pennsylvania, motorcyclists who are 20 years of age or younger are required to wear helmets. However, if the other driver was at fault for the accident, you may be able to receive compensation regardless of whether you were wearing a helmet. Not wearing a helmet affects the amount of compensation you receive, but it should not prevent you from receiving compensation.
The Driver Who Hit Me Doesn’t Have Insurance. Who Will Pay My Doctor’s Bills And The Repairs For My Bike?
Although all motorists in Pennsylvania are required to carry auto insurance, many drivers are uninsured or underinsured. In those situations, you may still be able to receive compensation for your medical bills and the damage your bike sustained. Many motorists’ auto insurance policies have personal injury protection (PIP), which means that your insurance may provide the coverage you need.
A Driver Turned Left In Front Of My Motorcycle. Who Was At Fault For The Accident?
In almost all situations, the driver making a left turn is liable for accidents caused by collision with oncoming traffic.
What Is Comparative Negligence, And How Does It Affect The Compensation I Receive?
Comparative negligence refers to how much each driver is at fault for the accident. In Pennsylvania, accident victims do not receive compensation if they are found 51 percent at fault for the accident. Working with an experienced lawyer can help ensure that the negligent party’s insurance company offers you the compensation you need and deserve.
If I Was Injured In A Motorcycle Accident, Do I Really Need An Attorney?
Although you are not legally required to work with an attorney, there is no reason not to. Many insurance companies offer accident victims settlements that are significantly lower than their cases are worth, with the goal of ending the cases quickly. At DiLoreto, Cosentino & Bolinger P.C., we have the skills and experience to help you receive the full and fair compensation that your case is worth.
We also handle all motor vehicle accident cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that you pay no attorney fees unless we obtain a favorable financial settlement on your behalf. We also advance other costs — such as the cost of litigation, deposition costs, filing fees and expert witness fees — which means you are not responsible for those costs, even if we don’t win your case.
Schedule your free initial consultation online, or call our office at 717-496-0070 or toll free at 866-967-7235. We have offices in Chambersburg and Harrisburg, and can travel to meet you if you are unable to visit either of our locations.