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Pittston Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Motorcycle accidents are amongst the most dangerous types of vehicle accidents in which a person can be involved. This is especially true for motorcyclists who are forced to suffer the full impact of a collision without the added protections of seatbelts and airbags and so often sustain catastrophic and life changing injuries. Although it is possible to hold at-fault drivers accountable for causing these types of devastating collisions, doing so can be difficult, as plaintiffs are required to comply with a host of complex rules and procedures. To ensure that your own claim is not dismissed due to a minor error or missed deadline, please contact an experienced Pittston motorcycle accident lawyer for assistance.

Driver Negligence

Most motorcycle accidents take place in intersections and are often the result of:

  • An improper lane change by another motorist;
  • A driver’s failure to use turn signals;
  • Driving while distracted; and
  • Falling asleep at the wheel.

These types of activities contribute to rear-end collisions, many of which also take place in intersections. Rear-end collisions between motorcycles and other vehicles tend to be much more severe than similar collisions between two passenger sized vehicles, as they often result in the rider flipping over the handles of the motorcycle or being thrown onto the vehicle’s hood or onto the ground. For these reasons, injuries sustained by motorcyclists in collisions between vehicles and motorcycles tend to be particularly devastating.

Improper Road Maintenance

Not all motorcycle accidents involve other vehicles. In fact, a surprising number of motorcycle accidents can be attributed to improper road maintenance or road defects, such as:

  • Potholes;
  • Uneven road surfaces; and
  • Cracked asphalt.

When these defects are the result of a city, state, or third party contractor’s negligence in maintaining the roadways or using proper materials in their construction, those entities can be held liable for any resulting injuries. There are, however, certain procedural rules with which plaintiffs must comply when filing suit against a government agency, so it is important for motorcyclists who are injured in accidents caused by defective roadways, to speak with an experienced attorney before filing a claim.

Common Injuries

Because motorcyclists do not have thousands of pounds of steel between themselves and the road, the injuries they sustain tend to be much more severe than those suffered by their motorist counterparts and often include:

  • Compound bone fractures;
  • Severe lacerations;
  • Road rash;
  • Amputations;
  • Facial fractures;
  • Organ damage;
  • Traumatic brain injuries; and
  • Spinal cord injuries.

Treating these types of injuries can be painful and expensive, often requiring surgical intervention, physical therapy, and the use of prescription medications. Fortunately, plaintiffs can be compensated for these, and other accident-related costs, by filing a claim against the at-fault party.

Speak with an Experienced Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today

If you or a loved one were injured in a motorcycle accident, you could be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. To learn more about your legal rights and options, please contact the dedicated attorneys at the O’Donnell Law Offices by calling 570-821-5717 today.

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