State College Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
According to numerous studies conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists are more likely to be seriously injured in an accident than motorists in cars or trucks. Furthermore, statistics indicate that the majority of motorcycle accidents involving two or more vehicles are caused by another vehicle violating the motorcyclists’ right of way. In fact, 42% of all motorcycle accidents are the result of a driver of a car making a left hand turn in front of a motorcycle. Without question, even the safest, most experienced rider is at the mercy of other drivers on the road. The mistakes of those other motorists can have serious and long lasting consequences for every motorcycle rider in State College.
If you were involved in a motorcycle accident, you need a dedicated team of knowledgeable motorcycle accident attorneys who can guide you through the complex insurance claims process and obtain full compensation for your injuries.
WHY SHOULD YOU CONTACT A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT ATTORNEY SOONER RATHER THAN LATER?
Insurance companies understand that time is of the essence immediately following a motorcycle accident. Often, motorcycle accidents involve disputed issues surrounding liability and who caused the accident. In many cases, the insurance company will send out investigators to survey the scene of the accident and attempt to contact you to get you to admit to some level of fault in the accident.
Furthermore, police officers are conditioned to issue citations regardless of who is to blame following the motorcycle accident. As a result, you may make statements to a police officer or insurance adjuster concerning the cause of the motorcycle accident without fully understanding the ramifications of those statements.
Your statements to insurance adjusters and police officers following a motorcycle accident can have lasting effects on your case and may be admissible against you in court. It is important that before you make any statements to an insurance company adjuster or police officer, that you speak with a knowledgeable motorcycle lawyer who can explain your rights and help guide you through the process to ensure that your case is given the best chance to succeed.
INVESTIGATING THE ACCIDENT
Motorcycle accidents often involve traumatic injuries such as broken bones, internal injuries and brain injuries. Due to the severity of your injuries and the traumatic nature of being involved in such an accident, you may not be fully aware of the cause of the crash. Do not rely upon the insurance company to perform an investigation into the cause of the accident. An insurance company’s primary purpose in investigating a motorcycle accident is to find you at fault.
At Rehmeyer & Allatt we understand the importance of conducting our own investigation into the facts and circumstances surrounding the cause of the motorcycle accident and we employ a dedicated team of accident reconstructionists and private investigators to assist in accurately and effectively determining the cause.
COMPLIMENTARY FREE DEFENSE TO ANY CITATION ISSUED IN CONNECTION WITH A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT
In Pennsylvania, a motorcycle rider cannot be cited for speeding unless a police officer has used a speed timing device to measure his speed or a state trooper has used a radar gun to measure his speed. However, in many cases the investigating police officer on scene will ask an injured rider how fast he was going or interview the rider at the hospital to determine if the rider will admit to traveling too fast prior to impact.
Based solely on the rider’s response to the police officer’s questioning, the police officer can charge the rider with operating the motorcycle at an unsafe speed, even though the police officer did not actually use a speed timing device or a radar gun to measure the rider’s speed at the time of the accident. At Rehmeyer & Allatt, we provide our clients with a complimentary free defense to any citation issued in connection with your motorcycle accident
STEPS TO TAKE AFTER THE CRASH
Your first priority after a motorcycle accident, regardless of who was at fault, is to seek medical treatment for your injuries. You should immediately inform your doctor of all of your injuries, regardless of your perceived significance of the injury. Too often, serious injuries go undiagnosed following a motorcycle accident because the injured rider fails to inform their doctor of the injury.
Brain injuries and injuries to a rider’s back and neck may not present until after an accident. You need to tell your doctor if you are experiencing headaches or discomfort in your legs and arms as these may be indicators of a more serious injury. Do not wait until it is too late, seeking medical attention immediately following the accident is the most important thing that you can do.
After you have received the appropriate medical care for your injuries, you should report the accident to your insurance company. You should also report it to the police, if the police were not at the scene of the accident. It is particularly important that you report the motorcycle accident to your insurance company and the police within 30 days if you were the victim of a hit and run as your failure to do so may effect preclude you from seeking compensation for your injuries. You should also request that your insurance company provide you with a current copy of your insurance policy and the declarations page.
Once you have sought the appropriate medical care and reported the motorcycle accident to your insurance company, you should place all of your medical bills, prescriptions and any receipts for out of pocket expenses that you have been forced to pay as a result of the accident in a clearly marked folder. You should also place in that folder any paperwork that you have received from the police, towing companies, your insurance company, the other driver’s insurance company and paperwork from health care provider. If you have been provided with photographs of the damage to your motorcycle or you have taken photographs of your motorcycle following the accident, you should also place the photographs in the folder. Finally, you should document any missed time at work as a result of the accident.
Insurance companies routinely request these documents and placing them in a secure folder at the outset of your claim will save you time and frustration in attempting to locate these documents after the fact.
The attorneys at Rehmeyer & Allatt offer a free consultation to anyone who has been involved in a motorcycle crash in effort to ensure that all motorcycle accident victims are fully aware of their rights following an accident. Please contact the law offices of Rehmeyer & Allatt today if you have been involved in a motorcycle accident to schedule your free consultation.