Motorcyclists in Pennsylvania and across the country will say how much they enjoy being out on the open road on their bikes. Although it is known to be a somewhat risky activity, the majority of other drivers will pay strict attention to motorcyclists who are sharing the road. On the same token, the bikers will generally follow the rules of the road, make certain they are visible and predictable, and take as many precautions as they can to remain safe. Unfortunately, this does not eliminate the reality that a motorcycle accident can happen at any time for a variety of reasons.
Given their vulnerability, it is not unusual for bikers to have broken bones, a spinal cord injury, a head injury and even injuries serious enough that they lead to a fatality. When there is a motorcycle accident, those who were affected need to know their rights to consider a legal filing for compensation. With any injury, there is the potential for a long stay in the hospital, extensive treatment including surgery, and long-term damage. With a motorcycle crash, this is exacerbated. A biker who is injured in an accident could face a long road back to relative normalcy. Depending the extent of the injuries, even that might not be possible.
A head injury can leave a person with brain damage and an inability to function as before. A spinal cord injury could cause paralysis and the inability to care for him or herself. A crash of major severity could cause the death of the rider and leave a family dealing with the emotional, personal and financial turmoil that accompanies an unexpected and unnecessary death. Drivers in conventional vehicles might not realize that the motorcycle was near them and turn into their path, commit a failure to yield, or make a mistake that results in the motorcycle crashing.
Regardless of the intent, those who have been affected need to understand their rights to be compensated. With a motorcycle accident, the first thing that a victim and his or her family should do is ensure that a full investigation is conducted with their interests in mind. Discussing the case with an attorney who is experienced in helping those who have been injured or lost a loved one in motorcycle accidents is the first step to filing a case.