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Award Winning Philadelphia Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

Motorcycle accidents are not only very common but are also very dangerous. Too many motorists on our roads fail to take the precautions necessary to safely accommodate motorcyclists, and life-threatening motorcycle accidents are often the result. If another driver’s negligence leaves you or someone you care about injured in a motorcycle accident, an experienced Philadelphia motorcycle accident lawyer can help.

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Lawrence Kalikhman, Esquire

Eric Rayz, Esquire

Lawrence Kalikhman, Esquire is a summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Temple University.  Mr. Kalikhman received his Juris Doctorate from the Rutgers University School of Law.  He has experience in Personal Injury Litigation in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. 

Mr. Kalikhman is admitted to practice before state and federal courts in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of New Jersey.  He is a member of the Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and Bucks County Bar Associations, as well as the Pennsylvania Association for Justice.

Arkady “Eric” Rayz, Esquire is a summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Temple University.  As an undergraduate, Mr. Rayz was a recipient of the H. Thomas and Dorothy Willits Hallowell Scholarship and Temple University President’s Scholar Award.  Mr. Rayz obtained his Juris Doctorate from the James E. Beasley School of Law of Temple University, where he was a staff member and editor of the Temple International and Comparative Law Journal. 

Mr. Rayz has broad experience in handling matters in federal and state courts and is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of New York.  He is a member of the Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations.

What Should I Do if I've Been Involved in a Motorcycle Accident in Philadelphia?

Harmed by another driver in a motorcycle accident? The most important step you can take after obtaining the medical attention that you need is consulting with a practiced Philadelphia motorcycle accident lawyer. In addition to skillfully guiding your accident claim forward, your lawyer will ably handle all the following:

  • Gathering all the evidence necessary to build your strongest claim
  • Knowledgeably negotiating with the insurance company for a just settlement that fairly covers your physical, financial, and emotional losses
  • Helping you negotiate the claims process, including bypassing the pitfalls that often trip claimants up
  • Preparing to take your case to court if the insurance company chooses not to engage in fair negotiations

How Much Is My Motorcycle Accident in Philadelphia Injury Claim Worth?

Your motorcycle accident settlement will be unique to the specifics involved in your claim, but a fair settlement should cover all your related physical, financial, and emotional losses. Each of these categories can be immense, and an important part of your motorcycle accident lawyer’s role is ensuring that each is carefully accounted for.

What Are the Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Philadelphia?

The vast majority of motorcycle accidents in Philadelphia and throughout the country are caused by the negligence of other drivers, which can take all the following frightening forms:

  • Excess speed and other forms of aggressive driving
  • Distraction, including the most dangerous distraction of all – texting
  • Exhaustion 
  • Impairment
  • Failure to follow traffic and safety rules

How Are Motorcycle Accidents Caused by Road Conditions?

When you ride, you have far less traction with the road, which leaves you far more vulnerable to dangerous conditions. Any of the following failures on the part of the municipality responsible for the road you’re traveling on can prove deadly:

  • Potholes that are left to grow larger and more dangerous
  • Roadways that are cracked, rutted, or otherwise worn
  • Roadways with inadequate signage 
  • Poorly designed roadways, such as roads with dangerously tight curves
  • Roads that lack shoulders or whose shoulders drop off
  • Roads with poorly executed road construction

What Damages Are You Entitled To? Who is Liable?

In a motorcycle accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you can seek damages – or compensation for your losses – in all the following primary categories:

  • Property damage to your bike
  • Your medical expenses, including those for related ongoing expenses
  • Your lost income, including future losses related to decreased earning potential
  • Your physical and emotional pain and suffering, which can significantly impact the course of your recovery

 

The liable party is the party whose negligence caused the accident, which – all too often – is the motorist behind the wheel of the other vehicle involved.

Motorcycle Laws in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania has a range of laws on the books that are designed to protect the safety of motorcyclists like you, including:

  • Motorists are required to maintain a safe distance
  • Motorists are required to be mindful of motorcyclists in their midst
  • Motorists are required to afford motorcyclists their own lane
  • Motorists are required to be aware of their blind spots and to check them before changing lanes
  • Motorists are required to follow all the rules of the road, including obeying the speed limit

How Can a Philadelphia Motorcycle Accident Attorney Help?

Having a seasoned Philadelphia motorcycle accident attorney in your corner such as Kalikhman & Rayz can help in all the following important ways:

  • Carefully assessing your total damages and zealously pursuing fair compensation
  • Ensuring that your legal rights are well protected
  • Calling the insurance company out regarding any attempts to artificially limit your compensation or to overly complicate the claims process
  • Moving your claim effectively and efficiently forward

Philadelphia Motorcycle Accident Lawyer FAQ

Motorcyclists in Pennsylvania are required to carry the same minimum coverage that other drivers are, which includes the following:

  • A minimum of $15,000 in bodily injury per person
  • A minimum of $30,000 in total bodily injury per accident
  • A minimum of $5,000 in property damage per accident 
  • A minimum of $5,000 in first-party coverage, which is designed to cover pedestrians harmed by the negligence of motorcyclists

If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you can seek compensation in a personal injury lawsuit if the at-fault party refuses to negotiate a fair settlement.

In a successful motorcycle claim in Philadelphia, you can recover compensation for the damage to your bike, the overarching costs of your related medical expenses, your current and ongoing losses related to wages, and your pain and suffering.

Even if you share fault for the motorcycle accident that leaves you injured, comparative fault in Pennsylvania allows you to seek compensation for the percentage of fault that the other party is responsible for – as long as your responsibility is calculated at less than 51 percent.

Statute of limitations is a legal term that sets the time limit for filing personal injury lawsuits after negligence-based accidents, including motorcycle accidents. In Pennsylvania, you have only two years from the date of the motorcycle accident to file a lawsuit, which makes consulting with a dedicated motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible after the accident in your best interest.

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