Motorcycle accident injuries: Know your rights
Motorcyclists have all the same rights and privileges as any motor vehicle driver on the roadway. They must follow the same traffic rules including obeying all traffic signs and directives, and keeping safe distances from other vehicles/bikes. Each year, thousands of people are injured in motorcycle accidents caused by the negligence of other drivers. These accidents may result in severe injuries to the rider, which could lead to lost wages, expensive medical bills or even death.
Dale E. Anstine, motorcycle injury attorneys in York, PA, can help
The attorneys of Dale E. Anstine have represented hundreds of motorcycle accident victims in Central Pennsylvania and are prepared to defend your rights if you are injured while riding a motorcycle. Our motorcycle accident attorneys will stand up for you both in and out of the courtroom to ensure you get the money you need for medical bills and lost wages as well as pain and suffering. We’re prepared to handle your case and take on the insurance companies so you receive the compensation you deserve. Remember – motorcyclists have the same rights and privileges as other motorists; don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
Don’t settle for less. Expect more.
Our motorcycle personal injury lawyers have been protecting the rights of the injured in the York, Gettysburg and Hanover areas for over 40 years. We approach each case as if it will go to trial, and refuse to settle quick and cheap. Dale E. Anstine offers free consultations anytime so if you have questions, you can reach out to an attorney today.
Bikers: Protect your rights. Did you know?
If you are a rider, it’s important to not only understand how to operate your bike and how to avoid a serious accident, but also to understand your insurance coverage. Insurance coverage for bikes is different from automobiles so it’s important to keep in mind the following when you are a motorcycle rider:
- You DO NOT have no-fault medical coverage!
In a car accident, you have your own medical coverage, but motorcyclists are exempt. Make sure you have private insurance (either on your own or through work) and make sure your private insurance does not exclude motorcycle accident victims, as some policies now do.
- Make sure you have uninsured and underinsured coverage on your bike.
It is legal in Pennsylvania for a car owner to carry only $15,000 in coverage. In most motorcycle accidents, this won’t even cover your medical expenses. Protect yourself with your own additional coverage. Often, insurance carriers won’t let you use your car coverage so make sure you have it on your bike.
- Report a no-contact accident immediately.
Immediately report no-contact accidents (like when someone pulls out in front of you, you lay the bike down and the other person leaves the scene) to the police and your insurance company. Uninsured coverage on your bike can protect you in a no-contact/no identity accident only if it was promptly reported.
- If your bike is totaled, you can still buy it back for salvage.
If you restore it, you’ll need a reconstructed title, but many times you can buy salvage, part it out and make out better.
- ATGATT (All the gear. All the time.)
While laws vary from state to state on what motorcyclists are required to wear on a ride, riders are encouraged to wear “all the gear, all the time.” Full face helmets, leather jackets, riding pants, and motorcycle boots and gloves can help keep riders safe in case of an accident. There are many reasons riders choose to not follow ATGATT (too hot, bulky, restrictive, etc.), but those excuses may not matter when accidents occur. It’s ultimately the individual choice of a rider, but we encourage safe riding at all times.
- Double check and check again
Many motorcycle accidents involving other motor vehicles occur when a rider is caught in the blind spot of a driver. If you are on the road, take extra precaution when changing lanes or making turns to ensure that a motorcyclist isn’t in a blind spot. If you are a rider, try to minimize the amount of time you are in a motorist’s blind spot without exceeding posted speed limits. An extra glance may prevent an accident!
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If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, it’s important to contact an attorney who understands motorcycle accident laws immediately. Contact us today to speak with an experienced accident lawyer. Consultations are always free.