Frischman & Rizza

Altoona Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

Frischman & Rizza, P.C.

Motorcycle riders are far more likely to suffer injuries in a traffic accident than car drivers and passengers. In 2020, total motorcycle crashes increased 14.1% from 2019 while motorcycle fatal injury crashes increased 22.9% from 2019.

Motorcycle Accident Statistics in Pennsylvania

Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

It’s essential to understand the cause of a motorcycle accident before determining who was negligent in the crash. Almost half of all motorcycle crashes don’t involve another vehicle, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the accident was the biker’s fault. Some common causes of motorcycle crashes in Altoona include:

  • Speeding or aggressive driving: About 32% of all motorcycle fatalities are caused by bikers driving too fast—that’s about double the risk of death from speeding in an auto accident.
  • Bad weather conditions: Bad weather can make roads slippery and conceal road hazards like potholes. Weather conditions and road hazards cause about 6% of motorcycle fatalities.
  • Intersection collisions: About 42% of all motorcycle crashes that involve other vehicles occur when a car is turning left at an intersection. The car typically hits the bike traveling in the opposite direction or when a biker is trying to overtake the car on the same side of the road.
  • Drunk driving: One in three motorcycle accidents involve an intoxicated biker. In contrast, only one in four automobile accidents involves a drunk driver. Almost half of all bikers killed in accidents had a blood alcohol content over the legal limit.

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What Type of Damages Can Altoona, PA Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Seek?

Our highly-experienced attorney for motorcycle accidents can help determine if your accident was caused by another person’s or entity’s negligence. If you are entitled to damages, we will take legal action to ensure that you are fairly compensated for your losses. There are two main types of damages:

  • Compensatory: Damages that help you recover monetary losses
  • Punitive: Damages designed to punish the negligent party for gross misconduct

In most motorcycle accidents, we focus on collecting compensatory damages, which can be for economic losses or pain and suffering. Even your spouse might be eligible for damages related to loss of consortium, which compensates for losing a healthy relationship due to an accident. Compensatory damages can cover:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Physical impairment and disfigurement
  • Emotional distress and mental anguish
  • Property damage
  • Wrongful death

What to Do If You Are Involved in a Motorcycle Accident

Many drivers and passengers are unsure of what options they have after being in a motorcycle accident. Insurance companies benefit from distributing as little as possible to victims. Certain aspects can have substantial impacts on your claim. Here are several things the personal injury attorneys at Frischman & Rizza recommend you do following a motorcycle accident: 

Call for emergency services:

Right after a car accident, you should call 911 so that EMTs and police can come to the location.

Evaluate injuries:

Evaluate your injuries as well as any passenger riders. Offer as much assistance as you can until the paramedics arrive.

Gather information from the other driver:

You will need to gather information such as name, address, and phone number. You will also need the make and model of the other vehicle, the license plate number, and the driver’s insurance information. Additionally, obtain contact information from any witnesses.

Document any injuries:

It’s common to not be aware of serious injuries immediately following an accident. However, you should make a list of any pain or injuries that you or the other occupants are feeling, even if the injuries seem minor.

Take photos of the scene:

If possible, take pictures of the crash scene. Try to take photos from multiple angles. The most essential items to photograph are: Injured drivers/passengers The location where the crash happened Damage to the motorcycle Any skid marks in the roadway from the accident

Cooperate with the police:

Answer any questions the police may have. Keep in mind that you should not speak with anyone except for the police about the crash.

Remain at the scene of the crash:

You must stay at the crash location until the police and the other drivers have left or the ambulance has taken you to the hospital.

Who Can Be Sued To Collect Damages?

Motorcycle accident law is complex in Pennsylvania. It’s essential to hire motorcycle accident attorneys with a deep understanding of the state’s statutes to seek compensation successfully. Our personal injury law firm will investigate the details of your accident and hold the negligent party responsible for your losses.

Depending on the circumstance, we might pursue legal action against:

  • The driver of the car or other vehicle involved in the collision
  • The business that owns a vehicle driven by an employee
  • A government or agency that failed to repair road hazards that contributed to the accident
  • A service company that provided faulty repair to your bike
  • Physicians responsible for medical malpractice

Things Not To Do After Being Involved In A Motorcycle Accident

Just as important as those things a driver or passenger should do after a motorcycle crash are those things which they should not do.  Unfortunately, mistakes made by drivers and passengers injured in a crash can hurt their claim. The following is a list of things that a driver and passenger should not do after being involved in a motorcycle crash.

Waiting too long to get medical treatment:

If you put off getting medical treatment for your injuries, it allows the other driver’s insurance company to dispute the severity of your injuries since you did not seek immediate medical care.

Giving a recorded statement to the other driver’s insurance company:

The other driver’s insurance company is not there to help you, and in fact, they want to help their policyholder. Making recorded statements could result in you receiving a lower amount of compensation.

Not following your treatment plan:

Not only is it essential to follow your doctor’s treatment recommendations for health reasons, but disregarding your treatment plan can also affect how much compensation you get from an accident claim.

Schedule a Free Consultation with Frischman & Rizza – Altoona Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

At Frischman & Rizza, we give our clients a personal touch. You will be working with one of us, not a junior lawyer. We are willing to travel or meet wherever you want us to. 

If we take on your case, we have a 98 percent success rate. Call today for a free consultation at 412-291-9377. 

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