The number of deaths and injuries from motorcycle accidents is frightening. According to a June 2006 report by the U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, more than 125,000 motorcycle riders have died in traffic crashes since the enactment of the Highway Safety Act of 1966 and the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966. The report predicts that, based upon projections released in 2005, motorcycle rider death are expected to increase by 7.7 percent from 2004 to 2005, with motorcycle rider fatalities accounting for 10 percent of the 43,200 total fatalities from motor vehicle crashes.
Motorcycle riders accounted for 5.3 percent of total traffic fatalities in 1995, with that number increasing to 9.4 percent in 2004. Per 100,000 registered vehicles, the fatality rate for motorcycle riders in 2004 was 4.6 times the death rate for passenger car occupants. Per vehicle mile traveled in 2004, motorcycle riders were about 34 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a motor vehicle traffic crash.
Unquestionably, motorcycle accidents are usually very serious – often including head and brain injuries – and there are numerous legal issues surrounding them. Insurance coverage is different, and motorcyclists are not required to have the same types and amounts of insurance as automobile drivers. Plus, judges, juries and insurance companies view these cases differently from traditional auto accidents, requiring an attorney to understand these realities when representing victims of motorcycle accidents.
At Levin & Zeiger, LLP, we understand that representing motorcycle accident victims requires particular types of skills and knowledge, as well as ability to understand the rights of the motorcyclists, who are often taken for granted. We fight to recover the many types of damages and compensation our clients are entitled to, including medical expenses, hospital bills, rehabilitations expenses, lost earnings, future wage losses, lost earning capacity, physical disabilities, scars, loss of a limb, brain and head injuries, emotional distress, depression, anxiety, grief, and pain and suffering. We understand these issues, and work with our clients, their friends and family, as well as their doctors, psychologists, long-term care planners, and others – to assure that our clients receive not only the finest legal representation, but also the finest support and medical care.
Representing motorcycle accident victims requires a team of aggressive investigators and lawyers all devoting their maximum effort to their clients. At Levin & Zeiger, LLP, our Pennsylvania and New Jersey personal injury attorneys have represented persons injured in motorcycle accidents for many years. We investigate every claim so that we may aggressively and zealously represent our clients and obtain the best possible results.
When you need a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania or New Jersey personal injury attorney to represent you, a family member or friend who has suffered a motorcycle accident injury, contact Levin & Zeiger, LLP, who represent every client zealously in order to obtain the best results possible in each case. To arrange a consultation, please give us a call at 215-825-5183 or send us an email via the form above.