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Motorcycle riding has unique risks

 

The most common cause of motorcycle accidents is the failure of drivers to detect and recognize motorcycles in traffic.

 

Motorcycle accidents are too often catastrophic

 

  • Motorcyclists are about 28 times as likely as passenger car occupants to die in a motor vehicle traffic crash.

  • Motorcyclists account for 14% of all traffic-related fatalities, while representing only 3% of the entire registered motor vehicle fleet.

  • Motorcycle accidents often involve injuries to the head, neck and spine that cause temporary or permanent disability.

 

Injured riders need an advocate

 

An accident can change a rider’s life forever, causing serious injuries and even death.  

Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo will hold accountable any party who caused the accident, including:

 

  • Negligent or distracted drivers

  • Intoxicated drivers

  • Commercial truck drivers and their employers

  • Motorcycle and parts manufacturers

  • Bars, social hosts, clubs, or restaurants who serve intoxicated drivers

  • Local governments who fail to provide safe intersections and streets

Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo protects victims of motorcycle accidents

Over more than five decades of combined experience in motorcycle accident cases, we have won many significant awards and settlements for our clients, including:

 

  • $1.65 Million settlement for the Estate of a 48-year-old woman who died from injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident

  • $1.35 Million settlement for the Estate of a 63-year-old man who died from injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident.

 

Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo obtains relief

 

We use our experience to guide clients through the maze of medical, insurance, and financial issues that arise after a motorcycle accident, pursuing a legal case so they obtain the compensation they deserve.

 

Victims of a motorcycle accident may be entitled to compensation for:

 

  • Past and future medical bills

  • Lost wages

  • Loss of future earning capacity

  • Pain and suffering

  • Mental distress

  • Embarrassment and humiliation

  • Physical impairment

  • Physical disfigurement

 

Documenting the incident

 

After a motorcycle accident, the people involved could be injured, upset, and disoriented. To the extent possible under the circumstances, take the following steps: 

 

  • Seek medical attention for all injuries, large or small.

  • Think before speaking.

  • Call police.

  • Take photos of the scene and any damage to all vehicles.

  • Take photos of your visible injuries.

  • Find someone who witnessed the accident.

  • Get contact information for any witnesses.

  • Write down details about the accident and what happened.

  • Contact an experienced attorney immediately.

  • Report the accident to your insurance company but do not provide any details or sign any documents before consulting an attorney.

 

We fight for a maximum settlement

 

Over our more than 50 years of combined experience, we have recovered many thousands of awards and settlements for our motor vehicle accident clients.

 

Our firm is experienced in handling these cases from the very beginning all the way through jury trial where we are prepared to present and win your case with accident reconstructionists, economists, doctors and other experts.

 

Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo offers free consultations to individuals who have been injured in a motorcycle accident. We pride ourselves on fighting for each client’s rights, handling each case with dedication and care.

 

Contact us today to discuss any injuries that were caused by a motorcycle accident. Let us give you the help you deserve.

Motorcycle Accident Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How likely are motorcycle accidents?  

There is nothing like the thrill of riding a motorcycle. Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents happen more frequently and in general their operators suffer more significant injuries and fatalities than those in car accidents.  Please see the following information from the Insurance Information Institute: Motorcycles are by their nature far less crashworthy than closed vehicles. They are also less visible to other drivers and pedestrians and less stable than four-wheel vehicles. Operating a motorcycle requires a different combination of physical and mental skills than those used in driving four-wheel vehicles. Motorcyclists and their passengers are more vulnerable to the hazards of weather and road conditions than drivers in closed vehicles. In 2017, 5,172 motorcyclists died in motorcycle crashes, down 3 percent from 5,337 in 2017, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In 2017, motorcyclists were 27 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash per vehicle mile traveled. Note: statistics on fatal motorcycle crashes are also available from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

 

Should I get a lawyer for my motorcycle accident? 

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you should consult with a lawyer as soon as possible. Motorcycle accident cases are complicated and should be handled by an experienced lawyer. Remember: the insurance company’s goal is to pay as little as possible, and you should have an experienced personal injury lawyer on your side to make sure you get what you deserve.

 

What is a typical settlement range for motorcycle accident cases? 

Every accident and each person’s injuries are different. The settlement range depends on many factors, including how the accident happened, the injuries you suffered, the treatment you need, the effect on your ability to perform daily activities and your job, income losses, permanence of injury, and problems you will face in the future. We make sure that we obtain the best evidence of our clients’ injuries and damages so that they receive the highest possible offers from the insurance companies.  

 

How much do you get for pain and suffering in a motorcycle accident? 

There is no typical amount for pain and suffering recovery in a motorcycle accident case.  Such recovery depends on the specifics, such as the injuries, treatment, severity and length of symptoms, and amount of losses and disruption in the victim’s life. Our job is to make sure that the evidence showing our clients’ pain and suffering, both past and future, is fully developed and submitted in the case, so that they receive the highest possible recovery for pain and suffering.

 

How can I settle a motorcycle accident claim? 

Settling your motorcycle accident claim by yourself can be difficult and risky. Without an attorney, you may end up settling for less than the full value, and you may not realize the legal technicalities that could hurt your ability to recover full damages. Insurance companies often try to rush you to settle before you realize the full extent of your injuries and before you have a chance to get an experienced personal injury attorney to represent you and get you full compensation.  

 

What if I’ve been hurt in a motorcycle accident?
After you are hurt in a motorcycle accident, you should seek medical treatment promptly and follow the health care providers’ recommendations. You should also consult with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible to learn about your rights, insurance coverages, and legal options. Consultations with Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo for motorcycle accidents are always free with no obligation.

 

Should I get a lawyer for a motorcycle accident that was partially my fault?
Both Pennsylvania and New Jersey have comparative negligence laws that allow you to recover damages as long as you were not more at fault than the other party. Your damages will be reduced by the percentage you are considered at fault. For example, if you suffered $100,000 in damages and were 50% at fault, and the other party was also 50% at fault, the other party or their insurance company should pay you $50,000. If you were in a motorcycle accident and there is a dispute over who was at fault, please contact us for a free consultation.

 

Can I sue for negligence if I was hit by someone who was texting while driving?

If someone caused an accident while texting and driving, they violated the law and did so knowing they were putting others at great risk of harm. Their conduct was not only negligent; it was reckless. Drivers who text and drive can be sued for negligence and are subject to additional damages because of their recklessness.

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