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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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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Distracted Driving Accident Facts

PA Motorcycle Lawyer Addresses Some Common Concerns Back in my early days, the worst type of distracted drivers a Pennsylvania motorcyclist usually had to be on the lookout for was some clueless schmo eating a cheese steak behind the wheel. Nowadays, drivers have so many options for ignoring the road, it’s no wonder that distracted driving accident statistics show a sharp spike in crashes involving a driver who isn’t keeping their eyes on the road. Besides the old standbys of eating, putting on makeup, and futzing around with the radio, today’s drivers have access to all types of technology – from GPS units, to MP3 players, and even TVs. Now with essentially full time internet access, you even have the ability to surf the net, or watch movies on your tablet or laptop while you’re … [Read more...]

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Demonstrating Motorcycle Accident Liability In PA

In the unfortunate event that you are in an accident involving more than one vehicle, or if there is a potential responsible party such as a city or state government entity, establishing who is at fault is going to be one of the most important and contentious steps of the process. Even if it seems blatantly obvious who is responsible, the insurance companies and the at-fault party both have an interest in demonstrating that the motorcycle accident liability is not theirs. To counter their arguments, you need to have solid ones of your own. Remember, even if all parties are operating in good faith, memories are not reliable. Over the course of my career as a Pennsylvania motorcycle accident lawyer, I’ve seen seemingly open and shut cases fall apart (not when they were handled by a … [Read more...]

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How to Get a Motorcycle Permit

A Guide for Pennsylvania Teens and Their Parents It’s summertime and that means lots of teens are out of school, and clamoring to jump on their bikes to blow off some steam. Which is great! With preparation, practice and parental supervision, motorcycle riding can be a great summertime activity for your teen, and a way for you and your kid(s) to bond. Obviously an important step in making that happen is for your teen to get his or her Class M license. As I have mentioned in writing before on my Pennsylvania motorcycle accident lawyer blog, riding without a license – besides being illegal – is just an awful idea. With these factors in mind, I thought a brief primer on how to get a motorcycle permit in PA would be a good resource for teens who are interested in joining the biking … [Read more...]

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Getting a Motorcycle License in PA

I am always on the lookout for articles that deal with motorcycling safety and recently found an article in the local paper dealing primarily with how to get your motorcycle license in PA and/or NJ.titled " Venturing on 2 Wheels, Safely", written by Scott Sturgis. Scott wrote that in 2013 PA motorcycling has grown from 315k registered motorcycles, to 405k. The numbers for Jersey were not available. Age Requirements for a Motorcycle License In both states if you are under 18 and want to apply for a permit you must take a basic rider safety course. If older than 18 you can simply apply for a permit. Once you feel you are ready for a license in NJ, you must take a road test to prove your competence and then you will receive your license. How to Get a Motorcycle License in … [Read more...]

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Don’t Outrun Your Headlights

And Other Pennsylvania Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Advice for Safe Nighttime Riding This won’t come as real news to long-time riders out there, but night riding is one of the most consistently pleasant, and relaxing experiences you can have on your motorcycle. It is more quiet and private than riding during the day because there simply isn’t as much traffic to be aware of, and if you are taking a ride in the country, it’s a great opportunity to experience a bit of nature. However; my Pennsylvania motorcycle accident lawyer brain has just kicked to remind me that night riders (wordplay!) need to take some extra precautions when they hit the road. Along with the joy and freedom of riding at night, there are some additional dangers to be aware of as well. The good news is with a little … [Read more...]

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Punitive Damages – What Are They and Are You Entitled to Them?

Pennsylvania Motorcycle Injury Attorney Examines and Explains Punitive Damages Most readers of my blog understand at this point that if you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, there’s a good chance that you are entitled to seek certain types of damages. I’ve covered these damages before, identifying, defining and explaining the types of damages to which you may be entitled, and how to initiate the process of seeking them. As a Pennsylvania motorcycle injury attorney, it’s my job to help those who have been victims of accidents to recover these damages. But it’s my passion to help the general public, and especially the motorcycle riding community, understand the law so that if they are involved in an accident, they understand the options available to them. One of the questions I … [Read more...]

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Passing Your PA Motorcycle Knowledge Test

Passing your PA motorcycle knowledge test is just one step in your evolution and education as a motorcycle rider. Besides the fact that acing this exam is a legal requirement before you can get your Class M motorcycle license, preparing for and taking the test will make you a better, more knowledgeable rider. In addition to being a Pennsylvania motorcycle accident lawyer, I’m a long-time rider who had to – once upon a time – take the PA motorcycle knowledge test myself. So I’m personally aware of both sides of the spectrum on this test, not only how much of a pain it can be, but of how much it improved my own knowledge. What’s so valuable about the PA motorcycle knowledge test? Riding a motorcycle requires a completely different set of skills than driving a car. That’s why you … [Read more...]

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PA Motorcycle Helmet Laws – A Refresher

In spite of the fact that universal mandatory PA motorcycle helmet laws were repealed in 2003, we still get a fair amount of questions at my office regarding who is required to wear a helmet, and what other safety regulations are in place for motorcyclists in the Commonwealth. Seeing as I have not really addressed the topic head-on recently, I thought it might be a good time for a refresher. First let me state that as a long time biker and as a PA motorcycle accident attorney, I understand that there are competing values and interests at stake that have to be balanced in this issue. Safety is obviously paramount, and I would never argue that it is not a good idea for everyone who gets on a bike to wear a helmet. The numbers don’t lie: if you have an accident, you are safer with a … [Read more...]

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Another Reminder to Stack Your Motorcycle Insurance to the Fullest Extent PA Motorcycle Law Allows

Great liability coverage is not enough Let me tell you a story about a recent case of mine, where taking the fullest advantage of PA motorcycle law regarding “stacking.” In this case the stacking of insurance coverage would have paid huge dividends for my client, had they fully understood the law. I recently represented a client who had purchased insurance through State Farm for his bike and autos, as well as a personal umbrella policy. My regular readers will note that I’ve written more than once about the advantages of stacking insurance coverage. Those of you who have attended my lectures will remember that I have placed my reputation as a long time PA motorcycle accident attorney on the line to promote the motorcycle coverage of one insurance company in particular, State Farm. … [Read more...]

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