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Motorcycling is extremely popular in Pennsylvania and across the country. The freedom of the open road leads many to purchase and ride motorcycles. According to the US Department of Transportation, there are about 8.5 million registered motorcycles in the United States.

Even the most experienced motorcyclist knows the risks involved. Riders and their passengers are exposed to extra dangers that automobile drivers do not face.

In 2014, there were over 3,000 motorcycle accidents in Pennsylvania. Of these accidents, 180 were fatal. These are sobering statistics. Motorcyclists are much more vulnerable to serious bodily injury than drivers of other vehicles. Motorcyclists are at a higher risk because of the inherent danger of riding on a motorcycle, such as being harder to see on the road. There are many causes of motorcycle accidents. Head-on collisions account for most motorcycle deaths. Other causes include reckless driving, collisions at intersections, speeding and collisions with fixed objects. Many motorcycle accidents are the result of inattentive drivers. These accidents often result in serious injuries, including:

  • head and brain injuries
  • neck injuries
  • spinal cord damage
  • broken bones
  • torn tendons
  • skin loss and severe scarring
  • wrongful death


In Pennsylvania, motorcyclists can sue for severe injuries, pain and suffering. These are bodily injury resulting in death, dismemberment, significant disfigurement, scarring, loss of fetus, and permanent injury within reasonably degree of medical probability. A permanent injury can be a back, neck, or brain injury, just to name a few.

What if I was injured while not wearing a helmet? As long as you are 21 years of age or older and have either had a license to operate a Pennsylvania Motorcycle for at least 2 years or have completed an approved Pennsylvania Motorcycle Rider Safety Course, you are not required to wear helmet. Passengers of a Pennsylvania Motorcycle are not required to wear a helmet if they are at least 21 years old.

Have you or a loved one been injured in a motorcycle accident? Please call us today at ThePhillyLawyers. If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, you should know your rights and you will need an experienced attorney to help you navigate your claim with the insurance companies. We have many years’ experience handling such cases and there is no cost to you until we recover damages. We can also help you find the best surgeons, doctors, and therapists so that you can make a full and complete recovery.