Motorcyclists know the perks of traveling by bike. For the commuter, motorcycles are fuel-efficient. For the weekend road warrior, motorcycles are a taste of freedom. Unfortunately, regardless of why a motorcycle enthusiast finds themselves on the road, the dangers are the same for everyone. According to the Department of Transportation, over 5,000 motorcyclists were killed in 2019 alone. While helmets and awareness can help a motorcyclist mitigate injury in the event of a crash, the fact is that when a car or truck is involved in a wreck with a motorcycle, the motorcyclist usually suffers catastrophic damage.
Pennsylvania Motorcycle Laws
In Pennsylvania, motorcyclists are required to follow certain rules. In most instances, each rider must wear a state-approved helmet. However, there are a few exceptions to this rule, and motorcyclists over the age of 21 who've completed approved safety courses or have more than two years of riding experience may be exempt. Motorcyclists must also have a Class M driving permit or license. Those who only have a permit may only ride during daylight hours while under the supervision of another with a full Class M license. Unsurprisingly, intoxication from alcohol or drugs is not permitted while operating a motorcycle and the DUI penalties that apply to other drivers also apply to those on bikes.
Safe riding practices can only go so far in protecting a biker against other drivers who may be distracted or intoxicated. Those injured will not only suffer physically, but financially as well.
Expenses associated with a motorcycle accident add up quickly and frequently include:
- Property damage
- Emergency medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Long-term medical care
Hiring a Motorcycle Accident Attorney
It's important to hire a motorcycle accident attorney when you or a loved one has been involved in a collision. Other motorists are quick to point fingers, but when you've got an experienced legal advocate on your side, you can focus on your physical recovery while your lawyer fights for your financial rights.
D'Intino Law Firm will work tirelessly to ensure you get what you're owed when you've been injured in a motorcycle accident in Pennsylvania. To learn how we can help you today, call us at 267-491-9111 for a free consultation.