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Motorcycle Accidents

There is no shortage of beautiful scenery in Pennsylvania, making the Keystone State an exceptionally popular location for motorcyclists of all experience levels. The thrill of feeling the open air while riding along highways in the Commonwealth, however, does carry certain risks.

People who are riding motorcycles are afforded far less protection than the occupants of traditional passenger vehicles and are thus far more susceptible to serious injuries in the event of an accident. Many crashes involving motorcycles are caused by negligent drivers of other vehicles.

West Chester Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Whether you ride a sports bike, cruiser, chopper, standard, or trike, our dedicated legal team at Ciccarelli Law Offices will fight to hold the negligent driver accountable for their actions. We have experienced trial veterans and skilled negotiators who never settle on the easiest outcome. We fight for maximum compensation for motorcycle accident survivors across Pennsylvania.

Ciccarelli Law Offices represent riders throughout Chester County and the surrounding areas, including West Chester, Philadelphia, King of Prussia, Lancaster, Kennett Square, Radnor, Plymouth Square, and Malvern. We fully understand the immense pain and suffering motorcycle crash victims endure, and the stress that the resulting injuries can place on entire families. This is why your best interests are our only priority.

Our firm will put your needs first and foremost, and we will fight to get you and your family every cent you are owed. Call (610) 719-3190 right now to schedule a free legal consultation that will let us review your case to see how we may be able to help.

Pennsylvania Motorcycle Crash Information Center

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Common Causes of Chester County Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycles are not as large as most other vehicles on the road, but all motorists are still required to be aware of the presence of motorcyclists and respect them as they would any other vehicle. When other drivers fail to do so, it can result in such motorcycle crashes as:

  • Defective Parts — Motorcyclists may have product liability claims if their accidents were the result of either parts on their motorcycles such as steering or brakes or protective gear like helmets fail.
  • Intersection Collisions — A vehicle that fails to stop at a red light or yield at certain intersections can cause a violent crash with a motorcycle that causes extremely serious injuries.
  • Lane Change Accidents — Failure to check blind spots or properly gauge how fast a motorcycle is traveling can result in catastrophic collisions with motorcyclists when passenger vehicles change lanes.
  • Left Turn Crashes — One of the most common types of accidents involves passenger vehicles turning left in front of oncoming motorcycles. Drivers either do not realize how fast the motorcycle is traveling or simply do not see the bikes, but motorcyclists are completely powerless to avoid hitting the automobiles that turn in front of them.
  • Motorists Driving Under the Influence (DUI) — Drunk drivers are a frequent cause of many crashes, including those involving motorcycles.
  • Open Door Accidents — In certain urban settings, drivers or passengers of vehicles perpendicular parking on city streets may swing open doors without seeing oncoming motorcycles. Again, motorcyclists are unable to avoid these collisions.
  • Rear-End Collisions — Accidents that often leave little more than a dent in the bumper of a regular automobile can have much more serious consequences if the vehicle struck is a motorcycle. Depending on the speed of the negligent driver and the size of the vehicle he or she is driving, a motorcyclist can be thrown several feet and may sustain devastating injuries.
  • Unsafe Roadways — Local or state governments may be liable if a poorly designed, constructed, or maintained highway causes a motorcycle crash.

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Pennsylvania Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Victims of motorcycle accidents can sustain any number of enormously serious injuries that drastically affect their lives. These types of injuries can prevent victims from being able to return to work and care for themselves. Some injuries that motorcyclists may suffer include, but are not limited to:

  • Amputation
  • Burn Injuries
  • Disfigurement
  • Eye Injuries
  • Herniated Discs
  • Internal Organ Injuries
  • Neck Injury
  • Paralysis
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Severe Fractures 
  • Road Rash
  • Severe Lacerations
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Coma
  • Death

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Compensation for Motorcycle Accidents in Chester County

After a person has been hurt or killed in a motorcycle crash, the victim or his or her family will face numerous financial hardships as a result of the accident. Depending on the specific circumstances and injuries involved in a case, victims or families may be entitled to such compensatory damages as:

  • Disfigurement or Disability
  • Future Lost Income
  • Inconvenience
  • Loss of Consortium
  • Loss of Enjoyment of Life
  • Lost Wages
  • Mental Anguish
  • Nursing Assistance
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Past and Future Medical Expenses
  • Property (Motorcycle) Damage
  • Rehabilitation and Therapy Costs
  • Wrongful Death

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Pennsylvania Bike Accidents Resources

Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program (PAMSP) — This program administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is free to Pennsylvania class M permit and motorcycle license holders. The website has information for new riders, returning riders, and experienced riders, and PAMSP has about 70 training sites in the Keystone State.

Cheyney and Creek Roads
Cheyney, PA 19319
(800) 845-9533

Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education (A.B.A.T.E.) of Pennsylvania — This organization of motorcyclists represents motorcyclists throughout Pennsylvania, protects them against road and lane closures, introduces motorcycle-related legislation, promotes motorcycle safety training classes, and educates the public about motorcycle awareness.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety — You can find numerous crash statistics on the website of this nonprofit organization. This includes the number of motorcycle crashes, as well as data sorted by crash types, alcohol involvement, and rural versus urban.

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Ciccarelli Law Offices - A Motorcycle Accident Attorney in Chester County, Pennsylvania

If you sustained serious injuries or your loved one died in a motorcycle crash caused by another party’s negligence, you should seek the help of Ciccarelli Law Offices. Our experienced attorneys work as a team and provide legal representation on a contingency basis so our clients pay us nothing unless we obtain compensation for them.

Our firm serves numerous communities in Chester County, Lancaster County, Delaware County, Philadelphia County, and Montgomery County. We will review your case and discuss your legal options when you call (610) 719-3190 to take advantage of a free consultation.