Do I Have a Motorcycle Accident Case?

As an experienced Pennsylvania motorcycle accident lawyer I handle a large variety of cases. Aside from the satisfaction I get helping others, this keeps me interested after all these years. Anytime a fellow rider has an accident of any kind on their bike, I would like to help. However, there are just some cases where riders don't have a claim, so I cannot help. Most cases I can't help with don't involve a responsible party.. basically, you must have someone to sue before you can collect anything. Other times, there are jurisdictional issues, as I only handle motorcycle cases in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Examples of Motorcycle Accidents I Can't Help You Resolve I will present these real-life situations of claims in a Q & A format. Road Gravel Case 1: "I was driving … [Read more...]

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Motorcycle Owner Pre-Accident Advice

Mennonite insurance, Ryder insurance, Progressive Insurance and others focus on selling the minimum insurance required by law, which is currently $15,000, and has been since 1990. In that same span of time, health care costs have gone up 351%. According to statistics from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services as expressed in this article: https://www.thebalance.com/causes-of-rising-healthcare-costs-4064878 in 1990 the average person used $2,843 of their income for health costs, and in 2015 that number had risen to $9,990. Carried forward, that would mean if $15,000 was deemed sufficient mandatory insurance in 1990, then the implied reasonable insurance amount in 2017 would be approaching $53,000. So, the resulting shortfall in available funds to cover your recovery from a … [Read more...]

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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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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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Big Bucks for Bergs in Berks County Boondoggle

Berks County motorcycle accidents lawyer Lee Gaber offers expert opinion on multi-million dollar insurance payout If you have a television, you have heard the cute insurance company jingles. You’ve seen the talking gecko, have become all too familiar with Flo, and have been startled by State Farms’ teleporting claims adjustors. All the major insurers have forced their advertising and branding into our collective consciousness to one degree or another for decades now. Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company’s slogan (“Nationwide is on your side”) – set to a catchy tune – has been around longer and is less annoying than most. But a recent judgment handed down in a Berks County car accident case makes me wonder if Nationwide really is on your side Despite the fact that car accidents are … [Read more...]

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Motorcycle Injury Law Firm Case Study

Imagine you just retired and you are riding your customized Harley when a young lady from Philadelphia who is lost, makes a left hand turn directly in front of your motorcycle, causing a collision. You fly over her car, landing on the street, causing you to breaking several ribs, fracture your vertebrae and literally rip your rotator cuff off in half to the point where you can no longer lift your arm from the side of your body. Time to call a motorcycle injury law firm. As you can imagine, the police, fire rescue and ambulance came and immediately transported my client to the emergency room where he remained for three nights while they relocated his torn and dislocated shoulder causing pain that you can only imagine. Unfortunately the re-location of his shoulder did nothing to … [Read more...]

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Bucks County Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

I just got back from a motion court hearing in Bucks County, Pennsylvania which stemmed from a deposition relating to a Bucks County motorcycle accident wherein my client was rear-ended by another party, who was driving an antique Mercedes. A deposition, for those of you who don’t know, is basically a recorded question and answer session. Your motorcycle accident lawyer is present along with the attorney representing the insurance company, and a court reporter is taking down the questions that are being asked and the answers that are given. Although a deposition is basically “fact-finding”, before the deposition takes place, written and certified answers to questions have already been sent to the other attorney and generally all of the client’s medical records, bills ands … [Read more...]

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Motorcycle Accident Lawsuits and Underinsured Motorists

Given the severity of most of my client’s injuries, once they hire us as their motorcycle accident attorney, they expect our office to do everything we can to recover the maximum settlement possible. As such, when the other party’s insurance carrier is being unreasonable in a motorcycle accident settlement, we file a motorcycle accident lawsuit against the person who caused the accident and also against your own insurance company – for underinsured motorist benefits. Recently in Allegheny County, in the case of Stepanovich v. McGraw and State Farm Insurance Company, this is exactly what happened. State Farm was being unreasonable in their attempts to settle the case with Mr. Stepanovich but because Pennsylvania does not allow any references to any insurance company during a jury … [Read more...]

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Motorcycle Accident Injury in a Storage Facility

Within the last year, I received a call from a motorcycle accident injury client in South Jersey while he was lying in the hospital after having undergone surgery for a severe spiral/compound fracture in his leg. We set up an appointment to visit him in the hospital so we could get the full story and take photographs of the external fixators which were implanted in to his leg to hold the multiple pieces of his tibia/fibia fracture in place. When I asked why he was contacting a motorcycle accident attorney, he filled me in on the details. He advised that he was out on his bike after a day of riding and was taking it back to the storage facility where he garages it. When he finished with the details of how the motorcycle accident injury occurred, we made plans to meet at the … [Read more...]

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Motorcycle Accident Injury Lawyer Arbitration

A little while back, after I had just finished a grueling binding high-low arbitration on behalf of one of my clients, I received a call from a potential client wanting me to be his motorcycle accident lawyer, representing him for a serious motorcycle accident injury. He was on his way to work, traveling his usual route, and as he approached a cul de sac street on his right, another driver, while stopped at a stop sign “didn’t see him” and pulled out directly in front of him to make a left, to go back toward the direction he was coming from. As a result my client steered to the left as far as he could but unfortunately was unable to avoid the front of the other vehicle and both he and his motorcycle came crashing to the ground. This caused him to sustain serious injuries to his arm, … [Read more...]

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