Motorcycle Accident Lawyers in Pittsburgh
Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys Representing Victims in Western Pennsylvania and Beyond
Motorcycle riders are vulnerable to accidents. Even with protective gear, they are exposed and do not have the framework of a vehicle to protect them from injury. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 88,000 motorcycle riders were injured in 2015. The good news: This number is a reduction from the 92,000 riders injured in 2014.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries Down, Deaths Up
However, even though fewer people were injured, more people died in motorcycle crashes in 2015. The number of deaths increased by 8.3 percent, rising to 4,976 people. Numbers from the previous year are even more chilling: Motorcyclists in 2014 were 27 times more likely to die in motorcycle accidents than were occupants of passenger cars. They were also five times more likely to be injured.
Causes of Motorcycle Accident Deaths
Fatal and catastrophic motorcycle crashes occur when:
- Cars making left-hand turns run into the front of a motorcycle.
- Motorcycles driving between stopped cars, known as lane splitting, are struck when a car door opens or a driver tries to maneuver around the vehicle in front.
- Road hazards such as shredded tires in the road, potholes, uneven heights between lanes, dead animals and other obstacles affect motorcycles more than cars because of the smaller size of motorcycles.
- Other vehicles changing lanes hit an unseen motorcycle.
The consequences of these types of accidents range from serious skin abrasions and lacerations to devastating head injury to death.
Injuries After a Motorcycle Crash
A serious motorcycle crash can leave the victim with devastating injuries such as:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI) and other serious head and brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries resulting in paraplegia or quadriplegia
- Serious infections from skin abrasions, commonly known as road rash
- Broken bones
- Muscle damage
- Psychological trauma
Such injuries may require significant medical treatment, physical therapy, and surgeries. Victims may not be able to function as they once did. They may be unable to work. In order to obtain compensation for such damages, it is important to identify the party responsible for the rash.
Contact Berger & Lagnese, LLC in Western Pennsylvania Today!
At our Pittsburgh law firm, our attorneys have the knowledge and experience to determine the facts of the motorcycle accident and build a strong case for an injured client. To learn how we can help you, contact us for your free consultation. Remember, there is no attorney’s fee unless we win your case.