Trust But Verify

The majority of people in this world are trusting individuals. When someone tells them something, especially someone who they have been conditioned to trust, they naturally believe it to be true. Unfortunately when it comes to insurance companies, the public has been conditioned to trust them as an authority. So when an accident happens, people call their insurance agent and get advice. The problem with this approach is that your insurance company is in business to take in money, not give it out. No matter what they say or how they come across when you tell 'your' agent about your accident, in their mind they actually flip from your agent to an agent for their company as soon as you utter the word "accident". What do I mean by that? An agent represents someone. When your … [Read more...]

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Underage DUI in Pennsylvania

Last month I wrote about motorcycle DUI (driving under the influence) penalties in Pennsylvania. If you missed it, I encourage you to read that article on DUI before you read this article. This article is about Underage DUI, and underage drinking in general. First, The Zero Tolerance Law Those convicted of a DUI under the age of 21 years old ("underage") are subject to the Commonwealth's zero tolerance law. The penalties: Your driver's license will be suspended for one year. You will go to jail for two days to six months. You will be fined up to $5,000, but at a minimum you will least $500 poorer. Pay court costs. Discouraging Underage Drinking Pennsylvania isn't fooling around with their goal of reducing DUI accidents and deaths. The Commonwealth … [Read more...]

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Motorcycle DUI Penalties

I haven't written about the very important subject of driving under the influence (DUI) in a few years, but it is important to keep this subject in front of riders. Given that riding season is finally in bloom, I want to touch on the topic of DWI/DUI as many riders will end up at destinations where alcohol is being served.   I want to inform all of you that the penalties for DUI/DWI are getting harsher and more expensive every year in Pennsylvania, and across the nation. Though I have written on this in the past, the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) limit merits renewed discussion. The .08 blood alcohol content limit to drive in Pennsylvania means that just two beers (or drinks) in rapid succession will put us close to the limit, especially if not ingested with food. Also … [Read more...]

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Evidence Collection in a Motorcycle Accident

Pennsylvania motorcycle personal injury lawyer explains importance of evidence collection When you first speak to a motorcycle attorney, they will seek to learn the facts about your accident to determine if you have a winnable case. One element of that determination is fault. In order to effectively fight for your rights in a motorcycle accident, it is imperative that once your hire me as your Pennsylvania motorcycle accident lawyer that we promptly work together on a thorough, comprehensive investigation of the causes and effects of your accident. Our goal is to piece together the puzzle that proves you were wronged, hopefully through no fault of your own, and create the most effective accident claim we possibly can present to the at-fault party's insurance company. If … [Read more...]

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Contact Your Lawyer Before Your Insurance Company

When involved in a motorcycle accident, or any vehicular accident, many people's first impulse is to contact their insurance company. This is typically followed by the the person spewing out details as fast as they can get them out of their mouths. While not always a problem, this is generally not the best approach to make a motorcycle accident claim. What if I've Already Contacted My Insurance Company Before I Found You? Don't worry, what's done is done, you can still contact me (888-cyclelaw) to help with your claim as long as you haven't signed off on a final settlement. No matter what the insurance company tells you, it is always a good idea to have an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer look over your case... my consultations are free of charge to Pennsylvania and New … [Read more...]

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Accident Attorney for Vintage Cycles

Pennsylvania Motorcycle Accident Law Firm for Vintage Cycle Property Damage Recovery It is my hope that you found this article when searching for information about vintage motorcycles, not because you had to do a search for making a property damage claim on your vintage bike. Sometimes, no matter how careful we are, others may have other plans for us when we are out enjoying the last warm days of the riding season. If you have been in an accident with your classic bike, do not hesitate to give me a call at 1-888-292-5352 so I can help you make your property damage claim, to get compensation for your damaged bike, or medical cost recovery, if you've been injured. The Key to Recovering Full Value Some of the grand old bikes are becoming quite valuable these days! Unless you … [Read more...]

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Motorcycle Attorney for Brain Injuries

Unfortunately Head and Brain Injuries are Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries As we all know many risks are involved in riding a motorcycle. Perhaps the greatest risk is head injuries, or more precisely, brain injuries from motorcycle accidents. These injuries can occur whether you are wearing a helmet or not. However, it is pretty clear that wearing a helmet can reduce the severity of a brain injury from a motorcycle accident. Brain injuries are quite different from other injuries. Your brain doesn't heal as easily as your bones, so brain injuries can have lasting consequences. Making the injury even worse is the possibility that you do not even know that your brain has been injured! That is why it is very, very important to contact Pennsylvania motorcycle accident lawyer Lee … [Read more...]

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How to Choose a Motorcycle Helmet

One of the best ways to protect yourself from serious injury when you are involved in a motorcycle accident is to have the right riding gear. Arguably, the most important piece of protective gear is your helmet. However, choosing the right helmet can be process. I've even heard it said that choosing your helmet can be as confusing as choosing a bike for some people. I don't know about that statement, but with all of the choices of helmet manufacturers and styles it does take some research. First, let's look at some of the major manufacturers of motorcycle helmets. Going with a proven manufacturer is usually a good start. Some of the top dogs these days, in no particular order, are: Arai Helmets - Popular among racers, this company is a multi-generation helmet maker, with … [Read more...]

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Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Stay Safe This Independence Day Nothing ruins a long holiday weekend like a visit to the hospital. Cars pull out in front of you... Cars run into you... Drivers don't see you... it happens. Other drivers cannot always be trusted... and probably never should be trusted. I wish you all a safe and happy 4th of July this year! Here are some days, weekends, and years that were ruined by motorcycle accidents, in my clients' own words: "Someone turned left in front of me, I was admitted to the hospital – trauma status. I'm home now and scared." "I suffered a concussion, brain injury, fracture to the orbital socket of my eye, and 3 fractures to my upper jaw, some internal bleeding, and plenty of muscle strains." "My accident left me with a dislocated rib, so (the doctor) sent … [Read more...]

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Practical Motorcycle Accident Insurance Advice

This month's article is a Pennsylvania motorcycle accident case study about a trend in obtaining insurance coverage that unfortunately we are seeing more and more of these days. Many potential clients, although insured, are choosing minimum liability limits when they purchase their insurance. However, rather than agreeing to the same $15,000 in Underinsured / uninsured (UM/UIM) coverage, they are waiving this coverage! In doing so they are solely relying upon the defendant’s liability coverage to compensate them for their losses. This applies in both PA and NJ. This problem is compounded by the fact that many of our younger clients are not purchasing collision coverage on their bikes; again leaving us to negotiate with the other party's insurance carrier in order to get their … [Read more...]

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