Recently I read an article about a accident which took place in Philadelphia, wherein a motorcycle rider lost his life when he collided with a car which was making an illegal u-turn.
This is not a claim I handled as a motorcycle accident wrongful death lawyer, but it follows along with many of our own clients who tell very similar stories.
It was the driver of the car who caused this fatality, but this person received a mere citation, while the grieving family from North Carolina was left to seek retribution from their insurance company.
As a long-time Pennsylvania motorcycle accident lawyer I was shocked at this turn of events.
The at fault party was not even drug or alcohol tested, however the decedent, who did absolutely nothing wrong to contribute to the cause of this accident, was tested for both drugs and alcohol – both of which were negative. Unfortunately, we will never know if the same were true of the at fault party in this motorcycle accident.
A wrongful death lawyer may have been able to assist this family in their time of crisis.
To add salt to the wound, the person responsible for killing the motorcycle rider never bothered to call or send a note of condolence to the grieving family. In every case in which I’ve been called upon to act as a motorcycle accident wrongful death lawyer, the families of the deceased have been emotionally devastated by their loss.
The fact that the at fault party couldn’t even be bothered to reach out in sympathy to this family is more than a little galling. The City of Brotherly Love?… I guess not for those of us who ride.
On an entirely different note
Many of our motorcycle clients have coverage on their motorcycle, but most do not have enough. Although it is rare that a motorcycle will ever do significant damage to the occupants of an automobile, for the extra couple of bucks, it is worth purchasing as much liability coverage you can afford, so your uninsured and underinsured limits can match it.
Remember, you can not have more UM/UIM coverage on your policy than liability coverage – you can only have the same, or buy it down – which you should NEVER DO.
I don’t care what anyone tells you, do not let them convince you that this is where you can save money on your premium – trust me, it will only serve to cost you in the long run should ever be the victim of an accident.
You also want to look into whether or not you have medical and disability coverage as well.
For more information about how to handle your motorcycle accident, wrongful death lawyer inquiries, or insurance questions, call Pennsylvania motorcycle accident attorney Lee D. Gaber at 888-292-5352 (888-CYCLE-LAW).