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Skilled Legal Representation for Motorcycle Accident Victims

If you ride a motorcycle recreationally or as your main source of transportation, you already know how dangerous it can be. Motorcycles are much smaller and lighter than cars and trucks and they offer no external protection in the event of a crash. Accidents that would be relatively minor in a larger vehicle can be highly injurious or fatal to a motorcyclist.

But these outcomes are not inevitable. Furthermore, no motorcyclist should face the blame for another driver’s negligence. Motorcyclists have the same rights and deserve the same respect as all other drivers. If you have been seriously injured or lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident in Pennsylvania, Douglas V. Stoehr, Attorney at Law, is ready to help you seek justice and compensation. We have over 20 years of experience and a record of results in motorcycle accident cases.

Common Motorcycle Accident Scenarios

In many cases, motorcycle accidents occur because drivers of other vehicles fail to notice motorcyclists, misjudge their speed and proximity, or simply refuse to drive carefully and courteously. Consider the following scenarios:

Left-turn accidents: These occur when a car or truck makes a left turn across oncoming traffic. They may fail to keep a lookout for oncoming motorcyclists, or may misjudge how close a rider is and how fast he’s going. The result is a broadside accident that can be debilitating or fatal for the motorcyclist.

Swerve-to-avoid accidents: A car or truck pulls out in front of a motorcyclist, passes too closely or otherwise makes a move that requires the motorcyclist to swerve in order to avoid collision. That swerve may send the rider off the road and cause a crash. Even if the car or truck driver doesn’t get hit, he or she is still responsible for the accident.

Road debris and loose cargo accidents: It is common for cars and trucks to lose small parts on the highway: part of a damaged bumper, a side mirror that was not well-secured, etc. It is also common for personal items to be lost out the open window of a moving vehicle. These objects are unlikely to affect other four-wheeled vehicles, but they can be dangerous or fatal to motorcyclists who run over them or must swerve to avoid them.

Riders Risk Major Injury

When they aren’t fatal, motorcycle accidents can still result in:

  • Broken bones
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Whiplash
  • Serious skin abrasions (road rash)
  • Paraplegia and quadriplegia
  • Coma

These injuries are expensive to treat and may have symptoms that last a lifetime. If you have suffered serious injuries in a motorcycle accident caused by a negligent driver, please take the time to discuss your rights and legal options with our experienced lawyer.

Contact Us to Discuss Your Case for Free

Based in Altoona, Douglas V. Stoehr, Attorney at Law, serves injury victims throughout west central Pennsylvania. To take advantage of a free initial consultation, call us at 814-515-9074, or send us an email.