It is easy to understand the allure of a ride on the open road – the unobstructed view of the landscape, the freedom of feeling one with the machine, the sense of adventure, and the camaraderie of other riders. There are practical considerations as well – such as easier parking, the simplicity of commuting, the lower impact on the environment, and savings at the pump. Unfortunately, that freedom and convenience can come with a price to safety. When you take to the open road on a motorcycle, you are at the mercy of every other driver, and you are more vulnerable than you would be in any other vehicle. As such, you more likely to be seriously hurt in a crash when faced with dangerous road conditions or drivers who fail to share the road safely.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident due to another party’s negligence or recklessness, the Philadelphia personal injury lawyers at Freedman & Lorry, P.C. can help. Our dedicated legal team will work tirelessly to build a strong case that proves the other party was responsible for the crash and the injuries you suffered. We work with medical experts to determine the true costs associated with your injuries in order to recover the maximum compensation available.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
- Road conditions – Improperly placed barricades, sloppy gravel applications, road debris and more can cause serious accidents for motorcyclists.
- Visibility of other drivers – Because motorcycles are less bulky, they are not always noticed – or noticed as quickly as larger vehicles. Motorists may fail to yield, cut you off, or even open a door into you.
- Tailgating – Motorcycles require much less stopping distance than the average car or truck. A driver who is following too closely can cause serious damage if you have to stop short to avoid an obstacle.
- Car turns in front of you – Many motorists are not looking for motorcycles, and their behavior often reflects this. They may fail to see you or judge your speed correctly, and they may turn in front of you.
- Cars changing lanes – When a motorist fails to carefully check their blind spot, they may swerve into your path without warning, causing a serious collision.
- Distracted driving – Drivers of all types of vehicles must be vigilant, especially when sharing the road with vulnerable and harder-to-spot motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians.
The injuries a motorcyclist suffers may be more severe for several reasons, including:
- Because of a motorcycle’s lighter weight and smaller size, even a lesser impact can cause greater damage to the rider and to the bike.
- Because they have only two wheels, motorcycles are less stable than other vehicles.
- Motorcyclists lack the protection of an enclosed car or truck. In the event of a crash, they may experience direct impact with the road, as well as other vehicles and structures.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
No matter how skilled you are as a rider, you can still encounter negligent drivers or situations that can lead to a crash. To make matters worse, because you are more exposed than you would be in another vehicle, the injuries can be severe. The following are a few of the most common motorcycle accident injuries:
- Road rash – The abrasion caused by road surfaces such as concrete and gravel can cause road burns that are extremely painful and potentially disfiguring.
- Head injuries – Even with the best helmet, motorcyclists are at risk for severe head injuries in the event of a crash. Whether you suffer a minor concussion or something as serious as a traumatic brain injury (TBI), you will need time to recover. In some cases, there may never be a full recovery.
- Leg injuries – Motorcyclists who are thrown from or pinned under their bike are likely to shatter, crush, or break bones in their legs, feet, and knees.
- Biker’s Arm – Riders involved in a crash may instinctively extend their arms to break the fall, resulting in this condition. This can lead to temporary or permanent nerve damage.
- Soft tissue injuries – Even with protective gear, the muscles, tendons, and ligaments are extremely vulnerable to damage, which may be temporary or permanent.
- Paralysis – An impact with another vehicle or a hard surface at a high rate of speed can cause damage to the spinal cord and other nerves, which may result in paralysis.
Philadelphia Motorcycle Accident Lawyers at Freedman & Lorry, P.C. Hold Reckless Drivers Accountable
At Freedman & Lorry, P.C., we treat every accident case with great care and attention, and have been doing so for decades. Our Philadelphia motorcycle accident lawyers will work tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome for your case. We have offices in Philadelphia, Cherry Hill, New Jersey and Pinehurst, North Carolina to serve clients throughout the surrounding areas. To arrange a free consultation, contact us online or call 888-999-1962.