The Reiff Law Firm is a Philadelphia personal injury law firm dedicated to representing injured motorcyclists, injured motorcycle passengers, and the family members of fatal accident victims. Our trial-ready, award-winning team of Pennsylvania accident attorneys has nearly 40 years of experience representing tens of thousands of personal injury and wrongful death victims, and is prepared to launch an aggressive, comprehensive investigation into the causes of your accident to determine and prove liability. We will work tirelessly to uncover vital evidence, calculate the full scope of your future and anticipated losses, and craft the legal strategy with the highest likelihood of achieving a favorable outcome.
Located in Center City, our motorcycle crash lawyers represent injury victims throughout the Philadelphia region and surrounding counties. For a free legal consultation about how we may be able to help you file a claim or lawsuit for your biking injury, contact our law offices online, or call (215) 246-9000 today.
Philadelphia Motorcycle Injury Attorneys Representing Accident Victims
Principal and Founding Attorney Jeffrey Reiff has been involved in many motorcycle cases over his decades practicing law. In these matters, he has consistently provided high-quality representation, regardless of whether the case was relatively straightforward or required the advancement of groundbreaking theories of liability. Furthermore, he has participated in numerous motorcycle safety and motorcycle law forums, giving him an added layer of knowledge and insight specific to motorcycling injury cases.
At The Reiff Law Firm, we thoroughly understand the complexities and nuances of motorcycle accident law in Pennsylvania. We know how to review and prove damages, establish legal responsibility, assess how much financial recovery your injuries warrant, and collect your financial settlement or judgment. Our attorneys will handle every aspect of your case, so that you can focus on recovering from your injuries. When you are represented by The Reiff Law Firm, you can feel confident that you are in skilled, knowledgeable, and capable hands.
Types of Personal Injury Claims Our Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Handle
Compared to the occupants of cars, trucks, and buses, motorcycle riders have only their protective gear and clothing to shield them from the impact of colliding with a motor vehicle and sliding to a stop. Despite the many positive qualities of motorcycles, like the exhilarating sense of speed and freedom, this, unfortunately, means that injuries suffered by motorcyclists are often significant and potentially life-threatening.
Motorcyclists who are involved in accidents, even at low speeds, tend to suffer catastrophic injuries, such as catastrophic damage to the arms and legs, which may require amputation and replacement with prosthetics. At The Reiff Law Firm, our motorcycle crash attorneys have successfully handled numerous claims involving a range of serious injuries and complications, preparing us to investigate the full spectrum of rare and common motorcyclist injuries. Types of claims we handle include:
- Back injuries, such as a broken back (spinal fracture) or herniated disc injury
- Bone fractures (broken bones)
- Burn injuries, such as third degree burns caused by sparks igniting gasoline fumes or vapors
- Crush injuries, especially to the thighs or calves
- Degloving injuries
- Dismemberment, amputation, and loss of limbs, fingers, toes, or thumbs
- Eye injuries and vision loss (blindness)
- Facial injuries, such as a broken nose or forehead laceration
- Foot and ankle injuries
- Hand and wrist injuries
- Neck injuries, such as whiplash, which is typical in rear-end collisions
- Puncture wounds, lacerations, and cuts
- Severe skin abrasion (“road rash”), which is caused by friction when the victim slides along asphalt or other surfaces after being ejected from the bike
- Spinal cord injuries (SCI), which can cause paralysis
- Soft tissue injuries, such as torn ligaments or tendons
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI), such as severe concussions
- Wrongful death
Common Causes of Motorcycle Crashes in PA
Over our many years handling motorcycle accident cases, our attorneys have noticed that, while each accident is unique, there are certain factors or details that tend to arise again and again. For example, it is very common for left-hand turns, road obstructions, and fixed objects to play major roles in causing or contributing to preventable accidents.
Accidents Caused by Drivers Making Left-Hand Turns
Since they are smaller than other vehicles, motorcycles enjoy increased maneuverability and reduced stopping distances. Unfortunately, their compact size can also make motorcycles difficult for other drivers to see, increasing the risk of a collision. The danger is greatest when the driver of a passenger vehicle is making a left turn. We have seen numerous cases in which a motorist carelessly failed to check side view or rearview mirrors while executing a left-hand turn, resulting in an avoidable crash.
Accidents Caused by Road Debris
Four-wheeled vehicles might experience a slight bump when passing over debris, but for motorcyclists, the consequences can be much worse. Debris that has fallen off a vehicle, fallen from a utility pole, or has otherwise accumulated in the roadway can cause a rider’s bike to destabilize, sending the rider crashing to the pavement.
Collision with a Fixed Object
A collision with a fixed object, such as a guardrail or a telephone pole, is often fatal for motorcyclists. When motorcycle riders hit fixed objects, they are often thrown from the bike, sustaining additional injuries with each impact.
Poor Road or Weather Conditions
While many riders will stay off the roads and highways during poor weather, others will brave the elements. Poor weather can increase stopping distances, decrease visibility, and reduce the margin for driver error.
What Do You Have to Prove in a Motorcycle Accident Case?
In order to be compensated for a motorcycle injury, the victim must prove various factors, or elements, of his or her accident claim. In most instances, the plaintiff must prove four basic elements of negligence beyond a “preponderance of the evidence,” meaning it is more likely than unlikely – in other words, there is greater than a 50% likelihood – that the plaintiff’s assertions are true. While this standard is lower than the standard used in criminal cases (“beyond a reasonable doubt”), there are numerous strategies defense counsel and insurance companies can utilize to deny liability, which is one of the reasons it is crucial to ensure that you have robust representation.
In a personal injury claim, the basic elements of negligence include:
- Duty – In order for a valid claim to exist, there must be a duty owed by the person causing the injury to the victim. A duty of care typically exists among motorists driving on public roads.
- Breach – For the negligence action to be valid, the individual causing injury must breach a duty owed to the injury victim. The breach of duty can include a wide range of actions characterized by recklessness, carelessness, or wanton disregard for the health and safety of others. Examples could potentially include:
- Deliberately driving aggressively, such as trying to run a motorcycle off the road
- Driving over the speed limit (speeding)
- Driving while intoxicated by alcohol, illicit drugs like marijuana, or prescription medications
- Failing to leave proper distance between vehicles
- Failing to stop at a stop sign
- Failing to use turn signals
- Running a red light
- Using high beams improperly
- Causation – The plaintiff must be able to show that the defendant’s actions or failures to act (“omissions”) caused the accident to occur.
- Damages – The plaintiff must demonstrate that he or she suffered injuries and other damages. Damages can include physical injuries, pain and suffering, lost wages, and reduced future earnings.
Philadelphia Motorcycle Crash Lawyers for Injured Bikers and Passengers
Motorcycle accidents are less common than car accidents, but are more likely to result in death or injury when they occur. When a motorcycle accident is caused by the careless or reckless actions of another person, such as a truck driver or parts manufacturer, the injury victim may be entitled to financial compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses. Whether an accident is caused by a negligent motorist, a defective motorcycle part, or a defect in the road itself, the victims have a right to seek justice.
Serving clients throughout Pennsylvania, our personal injury law firm has an outstanding record of achieving successful outcomes for our motorcycle injury clients’ cases. Contact The Reiff Law Firm today to request your free consultation with one of our experienced injury lawyers. Call (215) 246-9000, or contact us online using our simple web form.