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Dec 11, 2014 |

INCREASED LIABILITY IN PENNSYLVANIA IMPAIRED MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS

Dec 11, 2014 - Motorcycle Accidents

As stated in a previous web post, Pennsylvania allows motorists to choose their preferred method of insurance based on the so-called “tort option”. Under this scheme, motorists with full tort car insurance can recover compensation for their bodily injuries even if they are not seriously injured. Whereas, motorists with the limited tort style of car insurance are essentially limited to recovering money associated with their medical costs and treatment only if they have been seriously injured in an accident.

Pennsylvania motorists and motorcyclists should know that there is one huge exception to that rule. The Commonwealth now allows victims injured by drunk or drugged drivers to sue those responsible for their bodily injuries regardless of which type of insurance they were carrying at the time of the accident.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, in 2013 there were 860,377 individuals licensed to operate motorcycles on Pennsylvania roads. In that same year, there were 405,209 motorcycles registered throughout the Commonwealth. The chances are likely that with so many motorcycles and licensed drivers on the roads, at least a few of those will fall victim to motorists impaired by drugs or alcohol.

Our law firm has over 30 years of experience in providing for our client’s legal needs since 1985. We currently maintain law offices in Doylestown, Allentown, Easton and Stroudsburg although we represent clients in personal injury cases throughout Pennsylvania and into New Jersey.

Our firm is prepared to take on new clients 24 hours each day, and we also have Spanish speakers available on request. We operate solely on a contingency basis, meaning there is no fee unless we recover compensation for you.

Drake, Hileman & Davis

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