Philadelphia Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
If you have suffered a motorcycle accident, Philadelphia Motorcycle Accident Lawyers John and Laura Fox can help. Motorcycle accidents are similar to car accidents, however motorcycle accidents often involve serious injury. In addition to helping you receive maximum compensation through our legal representation, we can help with paper work and insurance coverage, including contingency based medical coverage, should insurance options become exhausted.
Medical Expenses and Insurance Coverage
Your medical expenses will initially be covered through insurance, however if your injuries are extensive, it is possible that your insurance coverage will become exhausted. In this case, one of the most important services we may provide is access to medical providers that will delay their billing until a settlement is reached in your lawsuit. This is called contingency based medical billing. We will make sure that all of your medical expenses are all included as part of your settlement, and will reimburse the medical care providers for their services out of the settlement check. We may also negotiate some medical expenses down in some instances.
Maximum Compensation for Your Injury
The truth is, insurance companies are in the business of making money, and it is the job of the insurance company claim adjuster to pay you as little as possible for your claim. One of our greatest points of negotiating leverage with an insurance claim adjuster is the threat of us taking your case to trial. We will help you receive maximum compensation through our negotiations with the insurance companies involved, and if we do not receive a fair settlement offer, we will take your case to trial.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
Statistics confirm that there is a high level of risk associated with riding. Motorcycle accidents account for about 10 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities. Motorcycle accident statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Transportation indicate that a motorcyclist is 16 times more likely to be killed in an accident than an occupant of an automobile. These motorcycle wreck statistics also reveal that motorcyclists are three times more likely to suffer injuries in an accident than occupants of other types of motor vehicles. More than half of all motorcycle fatalities also result from the motorcycle impacting another moving vehicle.
- Motorcycle accidents are more likely to occur at night.
- The number of fatalities increases at night (60 percent of all motorcycle fatalities occur at night).
- Nearly half of all motorcyclists involved in fatal accidents were speeding.
- Approximately 80 percent of all motorcycle accidents result in injury or death.
Motorcycle Safe Riding Practices
The vulnerability of motorcycle riders to serious injury requires riders to be proactive in protecting themselves from injury. Reduce the possibility of being involved in an accident by following motorcycle Safe Riding Practices.
Mirror plus Visual Lane Check
When changing lanes, riders should first check using their mirror followed by a visual check to reveal a rider’s blind spot. Before every lane change, a rider should perform a full head turn to the left and right to make sure there are no vehicles in his or her blind spot.
Ride the Line when Making a Turn
Taking the proper line is the safest method for making a turn. A rider should approach turns wide, starting a right turn from the left side of the lane, or a left turn from the right side. Following the proper line requires the least amount of braking and lean, while providing the best view around blind turn.
Momentum tends to carry a bike forward during hard brakes. This shifts the weight of the bike to the fork, compressing it as the rear lightens and begins to lift up, making the rear brake easier to lock. This is the reason why the front brake is designed to manage a greater percentage of the braking load. Successful hard braking is a skill that benefits from practice. A quiet, well maintained road is an ideal place for a rider to practice hard stops. If during hard stops using mostly the front brakes, a rider is prone to locking the rear, he can try keeping the bike in gear when braking, and pulling the clutch just before coming to a complete stop.
Choose Bike Design Carefully for Safe Cornering
Cornering with certain bikes can be tricky. In particular, low to the driving surface types, make it easy to drag in a turn and lever weight off the tires to cause the bike to slide. One solution is to adjust the suspension to yield the maximum amount of spring preload on the shock absorbers. Another solution is to install longer shocks and fork springs.
How to be a Safe Motorcycle Passenger
- Do not mount or dismount the motorcycle until instructed to do so by the driver.
- Squeeze the driver’s arm before speaking into his or her ear
- Remain neutral when approaching a turn, except to look over the driver’s shoulder in the direction of the turn.
Handling an Unstable Surface
Over rough terrain such as gravel parking lots or dirt roads, avoid dropping your feet and walking the bike. The motorcycle’s low torque and low center of gravity provide adequate stability for many road conditions.
Avoid Obstacle Fixation
A rider tends to steer the bike in the direction he or she is looking. When approaching a pot hole or other obstacle in the road, riders should shift their gaze to where they want to go rather than focusing on the object they want to avoid.
Wear Protective Equipment
Wearing the proper protective gear is a fundamental motorcycle safety tip. In a wreck, boots, gloves, long pants, and a sturdy jacket can lessen the severity of cuts and abrasions, while the helmet, although not required in all states, can reduce the risk of catastrophic head injury.
Practice makes Perfect in Motorcycle Safety
Riding a motorcycle is a skill that is continually improved with practice. A variety of riding situations can be effectively recreated in a parking lot, allowing riders to practice maneuvers and techniques that will help them to be more prepared if they are faced with the real thing. Some exercises for riders to try:
- Negotiate tight turns with feet up
- Hard brake from 30 miles-an-hour
- Ride over a 2×4
- Lock the rear wheel to see how both the rider and bike respond
Don’t Drink and Drive
DUI laws apply to motorcyclists and statistics show that alcohol plays a role in a significant number of deadly accidents.
Fox Law Philadelphia Motorcycle Accident Lawyers welcome you to contact us for a prompt and free consultation regarding your motorcycle accident case.
No case is too big or too small for an evaluation. Fox Law welcomes the opportunity to represent you. In your consultation, your case will be discussed and the facts will be reviewed and evaluated. If Fox Law accepts your case, it will be handled on a contingency basis, which means you pay nothing. We carry all of the costs and assume all of the risks when we accept your case.
FOX LAW is conveniently located at Two Logan Square in Center City Philadelphia. In addition to Philadelphia County, we serve Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, Allentown, and Reading Pennsylvania. For your convenience, John Fox makes house calls, when necessary.