Recovering Compensation Following a Pennsylvania Motorcycle Accident

Pennsylvania is a beautiful state, and what better way to experience all Pennsylvania has to offer than in the open air on a motorcycle? Not only are motorcycles a great way to experience the state, but they are also gas-efficient and stylish. It’s no secret why so many motorists across the state enjoy riding. However, motorcycles are an unfortunately dangerous means of travel, as you are far more exposed to the elements than other motorists. This is why if you were involved in a motorcycle accident, you may need financial compensation to get you the care you need. Here are some questions you may have:

What are the main causes of motorcycle accidents?

There are several causes of motorcycle accidents. Inclement weather conditions, such as snow or heavy rain, poor road conditions, such as potholes or low visibility due to lack of sufficient lighting, and driver negligence are all common causes of motorcycle accidents.

How do I recover compensation following a Pennsylvania motorcycle accident?

Generally, if you are able to prove you were injured due to another party’s negligence, you should be able to recover financial compensation. However, there are a couple of exceptions in the state of Pennsylvania. Because of No-Fault laws, insured motorists must elect either “full tort” or “limited tort” under the liability coverage they purchase. Here is what they entail:

  • If you elected “full tort,” you may sue and recover financial compensation for non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering or loss of life’s pleasures, without showing that the injuries are “serious,” as defined in the act.
  • If you elected “limited tort,” you will have a lower premium, but you will not be able to recover compensation for non-economic damages unless you have sustained a “serious” injury, as defined in the act.

What are the different types of driver negligence?

If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, it is important you know what classifies as negligent behavior before moving forward with your claim. If you were injured because another driver was doing any of the following, you should be able to recover compensation.

  • Texting while driving
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Smoking while driving
  • Eating while driving
  • Navigating directions or looking at maps while driving
  • Driving while drowsy or fatigued
  • Driving at excessive speeds
  • Failing to yield
  • Unsafely changing lanes
  • Failing to comply with other rules and regulations of the road
  • Failing to comply with traffic signs and lights

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