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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Hospitalized Because of a Motorcycle Injury?

If you are injured while riding your motorcycle as a result of the negligence of another, whether that is another motor vehicle, a property owner, a local municipality, or even the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, your first call should be to a Pennsylvania motorcycle accident lawyer to get legal representation. Are you in the hospital and unable to come to my Conshohocken motorcycle accident law firm? You should still call right away, I will come to see you in the hospital. I represent clients across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania so it doesn't matter if you were injured in Berks County, Erie, or anyplace in between. Don't hesitate to call me just because you are stuck in a hospital. While you are hospitalized, you may get a call or a visit from an insurance company representative … [Read more...]

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Can My Motorcycle Attorney Settle My Case Without My Consent?

This is rare, but it can happen. If you have signed an agreement with your injury attorney stipulating that they are allowed to do so, then they have authority to settle your case and sign the necessary paperwork to finalize your motorcycle accident settlement without your consent. As I said above, this is rare, and usually only done if you have been mentally incapacitated and have given someone else power of attorney over your decisions. Other than in the situation mentioned above, at no time will I settle your motorcycle accident case without your consent. When I present you with the offer that has been made I will also give my opinion as to whether I think it is a lowball offer, or a fair and just offer, and together we will decide what is the best course of action. … [Read more...]

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Natural Reaction to a Motorcycle Accident

How Your Pennsylvania Motorcycle Lawyer Can Help After a motorcycle accident that is not your fault you would think anger would be the top reaction for the motorcycle rider – but it's more often confusion and worry. What will I do now? Who's gonna pay for this? How do I get fairly compensated? Does the person who hit me have insurance? Will my insurance cover it? Who can help me? How much will it cost? Then the Anger Comes After I have that initial conversation with my clients and have had a chance to calm their concerns, their anger sets in; sometimes during that first conversation. As your Pennsylvania motorcycle accident lawyer, I am here not only to help answer questions but to listen to your concerns and frustration. After all, your life was going along nicely … [Read more...]

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Never Give a Recorded Statement to an Insurance Company

Nothing Good Comes from a Recorded Statement After a Pennsylvania Motorcycle Accident After a motorcycle accident, your insurance company will be eager for you to give a recorded statement. Never give a recorded statement about anything to any insurance company. Nothing good has ever come of giving an insurance company a recorded statement. The purpose of these recorded statements is simply to help the insurance companies defend themselves. Don't fall into the belief that, because it is your own insurance company, you are required to give them a statement. You are under no obligation to do so; nor to let them record you at all. Be firm and tell the requesting party to call your motorcycle lawyer, Lee D. Gaber! Don’t be surprised if they try to get you to settle right then! By … [Read more...]

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Anxiety & PTSD After a PA Motorcycle Accident

A wide range of studies over the last several years has indicated that more accident survivors than you might imagine end up suffering long-term emotional distress after their crashes, even when there are no lasting physical injuries involved. As a long-time Pennsylvania motorcycle accident lawyer, this doesn’t particularly surprise me. I’ve seen the emotional toll even a relatively minor crash can take, including anxiety, PTSD, depression – even phobias – over the course of my career. I understand how devastating these emotional effects can be, even if there don’t appear to be lasting physical injuries. The stress, anxiety, and mental anguish that are the tangential results of a personal injury can sometimes be considered a compensable personal injury themselves, depending on … [Read more...]

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Property Damage Recovery Primer

Get the Best Recovery Possible After a Motorcycle Accident I have always felt that one of my greatest strengths as a Pennsylvania motorcycle accident lawyer is the fact that I’m also an avid rider. This passion gives me two big advantages when it comes to fighting for the most favorable recoveries possible for my clients. First of all, I understand the dynamics of riding a motorcycle. Facts and physics are unforgiving when the rubber leaves the road and you take a spill. A deeper understanding of the complex interplay of gravity, forward momentum, friction, and centrifugal force comes in handy when trying to understand and explain what went wrong. Secondly, I feel the same intense attachment to my bike that you feel toward yours. I know that many of my clients are more upset … [Read more...]

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How Much Is My Motorcycle Accident Case Worth?

This months column deals with a question that I am inevitably asked by every client at some point during their case and that is. “How much is my motorcycle accident case worth, and approximately how long will it take to resolve?” The answers to these questions are linked because the length of the Pennsylvania motorcycle accident claim will be affected by the type of injuries, the amount that my client is seeking to recover and of course the amount that the other parties insurance company is willing to offer. The question as to value is often asked early in the claim and as such, usually I am unable to give an estimate at that time, unless the injury and the treatment are obvious and objective in nature. In other words … if I have a client who has suffered a fracture of his or … [Read more...]

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Subrogation: What It Is and Why It Matters

A Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Definition and Explanation As a big-time Pennsylvania motorcycle accident lawyer and wildly popular legal blogger, I believe it’s my responsibility to help my clients and readers understand what they are hearing or reading when legal professionals communicate. Today’s vocabulary is one of the more obscure legal terms that gets tossed around when a claim is filed with a motorcycle accident attorney (and in other personal injury cases as well). “Subrogation,” is a term that – while common in my profession and in law-adjacent fields such as insurance – is virtually unheard of outside of courtrooms and law firms. The most common definition is the one used in the insurance profession: “Subrogation is the right for an insurer to pursue a responsible party … [Read more...]

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Finding a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

And why hiring a specialist is in your best interest. Before I get to what to look for when finding a Pennsylvania motorcycle injury lawyer, let's take a look at an unpleasant hypothetical: you're in a car vs. motorcycle accident. It is not your fault. It's pretty bad, and you have injuries that impact your day-to-day life. You are looking at serious medical expenses and are likely going to lose some income. Not least of all, your beloved bike is totaled. If both you and the driver of the other vehicle were properly insured, you are probably thinking that you're in pretty good shape. After all, that's why we carry insurance, right? To cover our expenses when bad stuff happens. Insurance may not cover all of your expenses. I'm going to let you in on a harsh truth, though. Your … [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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PA Motorcycle Statistics Indicate Increased Potential for Accidents

According to PA motorcycle statistics supplied by PennDot, the number of bikes registered in the Commonwealth in 2013 increased to more than 405,000, while the number of licensed riders climbed to over 860,000 that same year. While I’m happy to see more bikers on the road, I also see these Pennsylvania motorcycle statistics, and understand that a lot of these new riders may end up in accidents. Other drivers have a hard time seeing bikes in the first place, and with more and more riders on the road, there will be increased chances for disaster to strike. With that in mind, I thought it might be a good time for a refresher on the process of hiring a Pennsylvania motorcycle accident lawyer, what the early steps of your claim might look like, and why hiring an attorney who focuses his … [Read more...]

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