Most Dangerous Times for Motorcyclists on Pennsylvania Roads
As we move into the summer months, more motorcyclists are taking advantage of warmer weather and open roads. Unfortunately, this also means more motorcycle accidents and more injured victims. At Cohen Feeley Altemose & Rambo, we help injured motorcycle accident victims every day of the week and every month of the year.
On what days of the week do most Pennsylvania motorcycle accidents happen?
There are more motorcycle accidents on Pennsylvania roads on Sundays than on any other day of the week. Weekends are a popular time for motorcyclists to get out and enjoy the open road, and more than half of all motorcycle accidents happen on Saturdays through Mondays.
The lowest number of motorcycle accidents happen midweek, from Tuesdays through Thursdays. For people who are injured while riding on a weekday, this does not make it less painful or less expensive.
What months of the year have more motorcycle accidents in Pennsylvania?
The summer is prime time for riding and for motorcycle accidents in Pennsylvania. For the past two years, approximately 70% of all accidents in Pennsylvania have occurred in the months from May through September, with more accidents happening in June than any other month. Meanwhile, less than 0.5%, or 1 in 20, motorcycle accidents happened in just one winter month each year.
What should I do if I am injured in a motorcycle accident in Pennsylvania?
If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, whatever the season, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. While injuries in any motor vehicle accident can be traumatic, motorcyclists are at greater risk of severe injury because motorcycles do not offer the same protection as cars, vans, trucks, or other vehicles. Over 40% of motorcyclists involved in accidents in Pennsylvania in 2021 were not even wearing a helmet.
Before getting out on the road, a motorcyclist should wear the appropriate safety gear, including a helmet, for protection in an accident. When an accident does happen, get medical attention for any injuries. Call 911 if an ambulance is needed for emergency medical help. If injuries do not require emergency medical attention, it is still important to see a healthcare professional. Even minor injuries can become severe or aggravating, and a medical report of injuries could be important in any legal or insurance claim.
Other evidence of the accident is also important. Gather evidence at the scene of the accident such as photos of the vehicles and conditions, contact details for witnesses, and insurance information from other drivers. Your smartphone is useful for recording this information using the notes or camera functions.
Do not admit liability in the accident. Anything that you say to another driver, the police, or an insurance company may be used to reduce your compensation after an accident. Before speaking to anyone about the accident, you should speak to an attorney to ensure that your rights are protected.
Contact a motorcycle accident attorney, like the team at Cohen Feeley Altemose & Rambo, to discuss your right to compensation after a motorcycle accident. An experienced motorcycle accident attorney will advise you and negotiate with other drivers and insurance companies to help get you the compensation that you deserve.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in Pennsylvania, our attorneys will help fight for your right to compensation. You can find more information in our Frequently Asked Questions About Motorcycle Accidents, or contact our Pennsylvania motorcycle accident attorneys at (610) 490-8877 for a free, no-obligation consultation. Let us give you the help you deserve.