Motorcycles are notoriously dangerous. As a result, it is important to know what to do in the event that an accident occurs. Read on to learn more about motorcycle accidents in Pennsylvania.
How do Motorcycle Accidents Occur?
Motorcycle accidents are often severe due to the nature of the vehicle. Some accidents are due to faulty mechanical parts, bad weather, or poor road conditions. But, the majority of accidents are a result of driver negligence. The most common forms of negligence include:
- Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Distracted driving
- Excessive speeding
- Eating/smoking while driving
- Failing to follow signs, lights, and other rules of the road
If you are involved in an accident due to another driver participating in any of the above, you may be entitled to recover compensation.
If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, you will have to prove that this negligence occurred. In order to do so, you should be sure to call 911 immediately after an accident occurs. The police can send an ambulance to the scene, file an accident report, conduct chemical tests, and more. Additionally, it is important to document the scene. Many motorcyclists wear bodycams so that they have footage of any accidents that occur. You should also take pictures and videos at the scene of the accident. Another important step is to obtain witness contacts. If anyone saw your accident occur, they may be able to corroborate your version of events, which can play a large role in a personal injury case. It is imperative that you go to the hospital immediately after the accident. This will ensure that your injuries are properly treated. Additionally, it will allow you to obtain proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. Before leaving the hospital, ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents. Finally, make sure to contact a personal injury attorney right away. An experienced attorney may be able to obtain further evidence, including security camera footage and police reports.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident in Pennsylvania, contact our firm today. We will fight for you to recover the compensation you deserve.
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