All motorists must share the road; they must drive safely, and be particularly aware of motorcyclists, who may be more difficult to see than other cars or SUVS. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) reported over 3,400 motorcycle accidents in 2013, including fatalities.
If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, please seek medical treatment immediately. Once you receive medical attention, you may wish to confer with Anthony Caiazzo, a highly-experienced South Philadelphia personal injury lawyer, to discuss your legal options.
WHAT TO DO FOLLOWING A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT
The Pennsylvania Vehicle Code requires drivers involved in motorcycle accidents resulting in injury or death to immediately stop at the accident scene. Failure to stop at the scene is considered a hit and run, and subject to criminal charges. Drivers are required to exchange contact information, driver’s license numbers, registration, and insurance information, as well as to render aid to any injured party. Drivers must submit a written report to PennDOT within five days following the accident.
MOTORISTS’ LIABILITY: NEGLIGENCE AND OTHER CLAIMS
The law requires motorists to drive in a manner that avoids creating a risk of injury to others; failure to meet that standard results in the breach of a legal duty. If another party is harmed by that breach, that driver’s conduct caused the injury, and the injured party incurred legal damage. When these elements occur, the motorist is liable for the claim (“cause of action”) of Negligence.
The causes of action alleged, or “pled,” in a lawsuit affect the compensation you receive. For example, if you suffered severe emotional distress in addition to physical injuries, you should also plead Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress to maximize compensation. Mr. Caiazzo, a South Philadelphia personal injury lawyer, will advise you regarding the causes of action to plead depending on your particular case.
MOTORCYCLISTS’ LIABILITY: CONTRIBUTORY NEGLIGENCE
Contributory negligence is a legal doctrine applicable in Pennsylvania that denies compensation to a plaintiff whose conduct partially contributed to his injury. Mr. Caiazzo will inform you how this complex doctrine applies to your individual case.
The Caiazzo Law Offices are South Philadelphia personal injury attorneys who have successfully served clients for over 40 years with the highest degree of personal attention and skill. Please contact The Caiazzo Law Offices at (215) 465 – 5575.