If you've been hurt in a motorcycle accident, our experienced motorcycle accident lawyers understand Pennsylvania's motorcycle laws and have the experience to build a strong case to get you the compensation you deserve.

Motor vehicle drivers have a responsibility to exercise a reasonable level of care and share the road with motorcyclists. However, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Motorcyclists represent one percent of traffic but account for 19 percent of motor vehicle deaths and serious injuries. Due to the high level of exposure motorcyclists endure, accidents are often devastating.

The period after a motorcycle accident is chaotic. There is a flood of insurance forms, police reports, and medical bills. Serious motorcycle accidents can end your riding days or alter the rest of your life. Drivers and passengers of a car are shielded by the car’s exterior, but riders do not have anything protecting them from the car or the road. The Travis Law Firm represents motor vehicle accident victims and will hold careless or reckless drivers responsible for their actions.

Frequently Asked Questions For Motorcycle Accidents

Look For The Travis Law Firm at PA Motorcycle Events

The Travis Law Firm is committed to motorcycle riders. We support their efforts by attending events throughout Northwestern PA, including Erie County, Warren County, McKean County and Crawford County. For those who don’t already know, when you see a group of riders on a rally or a ride, they are usually raising money for a good cause. Fundraisers are held to collect donations for local charities like the Injured Motorcycle Riders Foundation (IMRF).

The Travis Law Firm connects these generous riders by providing a free guide of Pennsylvania Motorcycle Events each year. The PA Motorcycle Events Guide has become a valued resource for riders. Each guide features a mix of sample rides throughout the state, event listings and fundraisers in Pennsylvania, and helpful tips for riders of every skill level. Get a printed copy at the Erie Harley Davidson Bikefest and the Roar On The Shore events, among others.

Seven Tips For Avoiding Motorcycle Accidents in Erie, PA

The NHTSA reported that motorcycle fatalities increased 5.1 percent from 2015 to 2016. In 2016, 5,286 riders lost their lives in motorcycle accidents. In addition, roughly 88,000 people are injured each year in motorcycle crashes. PennDOT reports that 185 riders lost their lives in motorcycle crashes in 2017. From 2013 through 2017, a total of 923 riders died in crashes. In addition, thousands of riders are injured on our roads each year.

Because even one death is one too many, below are seven important safety tips to keep in mind

Contact Our Motorcycle Accident Injury Lawyers

If you or a loved one is the victim of a motorcycle accident and has suffered serious injuries, contact our motorcycle accident injury lawyers today. Serving Erie, Crawford, McKean and Warren Counties, as well as all of Northwestern Pennsylvania, our trustworthy legal team will represent your best interests. We will provide aggressive, knowledgeable representation. For additional information, contact The Travis Law Firm today.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries:

Motorcycle crashes are not all that uncommon – particularly among beginning riders. Crash analyses show that head and neck injuries account for a majority of serious and fatal injuries to riders.

  • Severe road rash
  • Multiple broken bones
  • Brain injuries
  • Traumatic amputation
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Paralysis (paraplegia and quadriplegia)
  • Wrongful Death

Motorcycle accident injuries can be caused by a number of factors, including defective roadway designs, poor weather conditions, product defects (recalled tires or defective helmets), and the recklessness or negligence of other drivers. If you or a family member has suffered motorcycle accident injuries, contact the Travis Law Firm today. Our motorcycle accident lawyers have offices in Erie, Edinboro, and Warren, Pennsylvania to help you get the compensation you deserve.

Motorcycle Accident Facts and Statistics:

  • In 2012, there were 4,957 people killed in a motorcycle accident.
  • Per vehicle mile traveled, motorcycle riders were over 26 times more likely to die in an accident than passenger car occupants.
  • One out of every five motorcycle crashes result in head or neck injuries.
  • Motorcyclists represent one percent of traffic but account for 19 percent of motor vehicle deaths and serious injuries.
  • Most crashes happen on short trips (less than five miles long), just a few minutes after starting out.
  • Helmeted motorcyclists are three times more likely to survive head injuries than those not wearing helmets.
  • Helmets reduce the number and severity of head injuries by 50 percent.
  • Most motorcycle accidents occur at speeds slower than 30 mph.

[Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 2012 Data]

Erie Motorcycle Accident - Four Tips for Recovering Damages for Injuries and Losses

Pennsylvania Motorcycle Accident Laws:

Pennsylvania state law requires helmets except for motorcyclists who are 21 and over who have had their motorcycle license at least two years, or who have completed an approved rider safety course. Additionally, motorcyclists are required to use their headlights in the daytime. The NHTSA estimates that helmets saved 1,699 motorcycle riders’ lives in 2012, and that 781 more may have been saved had they been wearing a helmet.

Proving Fault After a Motorcycle Accident

Often motorcycle accident victims have to overcome bias or mistrust that an accident between a motorcycle and another motor vehicle is likely the fault of an inexperienced, careless, or reckless motorcyclist. The fact is, more often than not, the accident is not the fault of the rider. Most drivers underestimate the speed of a motorcycle, or simply aren’t looking for anything smaller than a car – so the never even see the motorcycle until it’s too late (sound familiar?). Our motorcycle accident lawyers at the Travis Law Firm will build a strong case for injured riders. We know Pennsylvania traffic regulations. We have delivered financial compensation to our injured clients.

Contact our Erie, Edinboro, or Warren offices if you need an experienced PA motorcycle accident lawyer.

What to do at the Scene of a Motorcycle Accident

If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, follow these general guidelines of what to do at the scene:

  • Remain at the scene of the motorcycle accident.
  • Call the police immediately or have someone call the police for you
  • File a police report as soon as the officers arrive.
  • Seek immediate medical attention, even if you think you are not injured. You may have injuries that will come to light later.
  • Get the license number, personal and insurance details, and name of the other driver involved.
  • Ask for the details of any witnesses present at the motorcycle accident scene.
  • Contact the Travis Law Firm.

Four Tips to Help You Recover Maximum Compensation for an Erie Motorcycle Accident

Who Is Responsible For Injuries Sustained By A Motorcycle Passenger?

Motorcycle passengers are often seriously injured in a motorcycle crash. Most passengers in traffic accidents have no control over the circumstances that led to the crash. Therefore, passengers should receive compensation for their injuries from the party or parties responsible for causing the crash. However, it can be difficult to determine who caused a motorcycle accident in some cases. An Erie motorcycle accident can help a passenger seek compensation for injuries, losses, and damages after an accident.

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Contact an Motorcycle Accident Attorney for Help

Don’t wait any longer to get the advice you need about insurance claims from a trusted attorney in your area.

Call The Travis Law Firm at (814) 277-2222 to schedule your free legal consultation with our Erie accident attorney.