Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Pittsburgh, PA
Skilled Pittsburgh Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Advocate for Accident Victims in Allegheny County and Throughout Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania is home to some of the most beautiful roadways in the country—whether you are riding over the iconic bridges of Pittsburgh or through the picturesque scenery of Allegheny County, the appeal of taking in the scenery on a motorcycle is undeniable. Unfortunately, not every day on the road ends perfectly and motorcycle accidents are regrettably common throughout Western Pennsylvania. Even if you took all safety precautions and the accident was entirely the fault of another driver, as a driver or passenger of a motorcycle, you are likely to sustain significant and lasting injuries—some of which may even permanently impact your life.
At Goodrich & Geist, P.C., our experienced personal injury lawyers are dedicated to ensuring that you receive compensation for the full range of any injuries sustained in your motorcycle accident. We put over 50 years worth of collective experience successfully representing clients in personal injury cases to work in order to protect your legal rights and hold the responsible driver accountable for all damage caused by the accident. We fight for your right to recover compensation for your medical expenses, rehabilitative care, future medical needs, lost wages, pain and suffering and more. If you or a loved one have sustained injuries in a motorcycle accident in Western Pennsylvania, call us today so that we can begin building your case for financial compensation.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Pittsburgh, PA
Although many on the roadways believe that most motorcycle accidents are caused by the negligent driving of motorcyclists themselves, it is well-established that this is simply not the case. Most motorcyclists drive responsibly and share an understanding that they must exercise an abundance of caution in order to prevent the devastating injuries that tend to result from motorcycle accidents. In fact, many motorcycle accidents in Pittsburgh are caused by:
- Distracted driving. While motorcyclists themselves can become distracted while driving, drivers of traditional personal vehicles are much more susceptible to becoming distracted by items in the vehicle, such as the radio, small children, personal grooming and even simply searching for an item within the car.
- Texting while driving. Texting is one of the most common and dangerous distractions for drivers, who not only must take their hands from the wheel and their eyes off the road to text, but also tend to suffer from cognitive distraction while thinking about the text at hand, rather than conditions on the roads.
- Aggressive driving. Dangerously weaving through lanes or travelling at excessive speeds is a frequent cause of motorcycle accidents, and when a much larger vehicle cuts a motorcyclist off, there may be little hope of avoiding an accident.
- Traffic violations. Because motorcycles are smaller vehicles, they are often also more difficult to see, meaning that a driver who runs a red light or fails to obey traffic directions can easily fail to spot the motorcycle and cause an accident.
- Dangerous road conditions. In some cases, poorly marked roadways or construction zones may cause an accident, in which case it may be possible to hold the local government or a construction company liable.
- Poor weather conditions. Motorcycles are strongly impacted by adverse weather conditions, which can lead to spin outs.
Seasoned Pittsburgh Personal Injury Lawyers Put 50-Plus Years of Experience Protecting Motorcycle Accident Victims to Work for You
At Goodrich & Geist, P.C., our experienced injury lawyers understand that motorcycle accident cases can present complexities that are often not an issue in accident cases involving larger vehicles. Overcoming the bias that many individuals have against riders is one of the primary obstacles that our skilled lawyers can help you overcome. We have the practical knowledge and legal experience necessary to:
- Thoroughly investigate to uncover any physical evidence, including video surveillance, that might show the actual cause of your accident,
- Interview eyewitnesses and law enforcement on the scene to uncover any issues with potentially adverse testimony,
- Subpoena the other driver’s cell phone records to look for evidence that the driver was using his or her phone at the time of the accident,
- Review medical records and consult with medical specialists to determine the full extent of your injuries,
- Negotiate and advocate on your behalf throughout the entire legal recovery process, both in and out of the courtroom.
Schedule a Free Initial Consultation with Our Experienced Pittsburgh Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Today
At Goodrich & Geist, P.C., we provide all potential clients with a free initial consultation so that we can evaluate your case and learn more about how your motorcycle accident has impacted your life. To learn more about your legal right to compensation following a Pittsburgh area motorcycle accident, call or contact our skilled personal injury team today.
Frequently Asked Questions About Motorcycle Accident Claims
FAQ: Do I have to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle in Western Pennsylvania?
While wearing a helmet is always advisable for your own safety, you do not legally have to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle in Pennsylvania if you are at least 21 years old and have been licensed to drive a motorcycle for at least two years. In the alternative, you may ride without a helmet if you have completed an approved course designed to ensure motorcycle safety (passengers on motorcycles are not subject to this requirement and may ride without a helmet if they are at least 21 years old).
FAQ: What if no one witnessed my motorcycle accident? How can a lawyer help establish that I was not responsible?
We can work with forensic experts who specialize in accident reconstruction to gather evidence as to what happened in your accident. In other cases, we can present evidence regarding your driving record and any evidence that you have completed a motorcycle safety class. We can also challenge the other driver’s safety record and attempt to gain evidence as to what might have been happening in that driver’s vehicle at the time of the accident—including whether that driver was using his or her phone. Remember, you are not automatically considered at fault for the accident simply because you were driving a motorcycle. While every case is different, we will work to locate various forms of evidence to use in your favor.