The Board noted that there were 4,400 motorcycle fatalities in 2009, more than in all aviation, rail, marine and pipeline incidents combined and nearly twice the number of motorcycle fatalities that there were a decade ago. Head injuries, the board noted, are the leading cause of death in motorcycle accidents.
Federal safety officials attribute the increase, at least in part, to state laws that have relaxed requirements on helmet use.
Since Pennsylvania repealed the portions of the law which required all riders to wear helmets there has been a steady increase in motorcycle deaths statewide: 156 in 2003 to 207 in 2009. Why? “Head injuries are deadly, and helmets protect the head,” said Ann Fleming, spokeswoman for the Insurance Institute for Highway safety. Ergo, the more people who fail to protect their head, the more deadly head injuries there will be.
At Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C., we advocate that all of our clients and friends who ride motorcycles wear a helmet. As Erie lawyers who’ve seen the tragic effects of many motorcycle accidents, we believe wholeheartedly in the use of helmets. However, the law as it stands is that motorcyclists have no legal obligation to wear a helmet. So if you (or your loved one) were hurt in a motorcycle accident and you weren’t wearing a helmet, we’ll fight all day to make sure you and your family are properly compensated. That’s what we do as Erie motorcycle accident lawyers.
Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C. Help Motorcycle Accident Victims
The Erie motorcycle lawyers at Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C., P.C. have experience with cases involving motorcyclists who’ve been injured in collisions. These cases often result in serious and disabling injuries that require extensive medical care. They also present unusual liability and insurance coverage issues. Our primary goal and objective is to make sure our clients and their families receive the compensation and resources they need to treat and manage their motorcycle accident injury and to compensate them for their losses.
As skilled Erie injury lawyers who have helped clients injured in motorcycle accidents, we understand how to evaluate these cases and help you obtain the funds necessary to compensate you for your harms and losses.
Call Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C. today, toll free 814-833-7100 to schedule your free and confidential consultation with an Erie Motorcycle Accident Lawyer.
We will fight for your legal rights to the money and resources you need to fix what can be fixed, help what can be helped and make up for what cannot be fixed or helped.