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Philadelphia Injury Lawyer Blog

The Pearce Law Firm, including well-known Philadelphia injury lawyer Edith Pearce, is dedicated to the personal care of each individual case. We believe in educating our potential clients on the variety of cases being filed in the state of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The blog posts below feature accidents and events that may lead to potential law suits. Whether you need a personal injury lawyer to represent you due to car or truck accidents, slip and fall accidents, construction accidents, dog bites, or head injuries, The Pearce Law Firm works on your behalf to provide you the compensation you deserve.

Archive for Motorcycle Accidents


Serious Car-Motorcycle Accident Injures Local Woman

July 30, 2013

According to a local news source, a woman believed to be in her 40s was injured in a serious crash in South Philadelphia in late April. Details of the collision are still unknown, but first responders on the scene found the woman on the roadway with serious injuries. The collision took place between a car and a motorcycle on the 400 block of Oregon Avenue. She was immediately rushed to the nearby Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for emergency healthcare and injury treatment.

Unfortunately, car-motorcycle collisions are all too common. A motorcycle accident lawyer can be helpful in gathering early evidence and protecting the rights of the individuals involved in situations such as this. Many professionals believe that enlisting legal counsel early on is helpful for motor vehicle crashes in which the details of the collision are unclear and especially in cases where it is difficult to determine who is at fault. No one in this situation wants to be held accountable for something that was not their fault.

Motorcyclists tend to suffer from rather dramatic and extreme injuries when involved in a collision. Representation and thorough legal counsel from a motorcycle accident lawyer can help individuals cover costs related to lengthy hospital stays, expensive medical bills, and other expenses. Road laws protect the safety and rights of all drivers, and it is important to ensure that those who are responsible for serious crashes are held accountable for their actions. In the event that you or a loved one are injured in a collision through no fault of your own, it is wise to enlist legal representation from a motorcycle accident lawyer early on in the proceedings in order to protect your rights and maximize compensation or other financial return. For more information on how The Pearce Law Firm can help with a motorcycle or car accident case, please visit: http://thepearcelawfirm.com/

Posted in: Accidents & Injuries, Automobile Injury Law, Car Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents

The Rate of Motorcycle Accidents Soar; Lawyers Can Help

June 12, 2013

Recently, two auxiliary police officers were charged with official misconduct in the fatal accident of a 31-year-old man from Paterson. The officers are alleged to have sounded their vehicle’s sirens, which led Randolph Waddy to reasonably believe they were making a traffic stop. According to local ordinances, the officers are not allowed to make traffic stops.

Waddy, suspecting he was either being pulled over or in an attempt to get out of the way, hit the rear of a parked car. The two officers allegedly fled the scene and did not stop to check on Waddy, who later died.

While the facts of this case are tragic, they highlight an even more troubling situation: a near epidemic of motorcycle crashes throughout the country. The sheer volume of accidents means the public needs a qualified motorcycle accident lawyer to rely on in times of need. Motorcyclist deaths more than doubled between 1999 and 2008, reaching an all time high.

An experienced motorcycle accident lawyer can help. In times of fatal accidents, a lawyer can look toward wrongful death lawsuits against the person who caused the accident or even negligent road maintenance or design if this contributed to the accident.  Often times, family members of the fatal victim can be compensated for their devastating loss.

If a motorcycle rider was injured, we will fight to secure financial compensation for pain and suffering, loss of income, medical bills, and more. Because each case is unique, it is important that you meet with one of our staff members immediately following an accident to discuss specific details. Edith Pearce and The Pearce Law Firm, PC is ready to fight for what you deserve.  Edith Pearce and The Pearce Law Firm have a competitive advantage in settling cases and maximizing recovery for their clients. Ms. Pearce began her legal career working for almost ten years as a trial lawyer for an insurance company and then a defense law firm, giving her inside knowledge on insurance practices and trial defenses.   Call today for more information or to set up a consultation.

Posted in: Car Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle Accidents are Rife with Legal Ramifications

April 9, 2013

Zipping along on a motorcycle exposed to the elements can be a recipe for disaster. There are no seatbelts or airbags to protect you, and it’s easier to lose control. If you wreck, you are seriously injured or killed in 8 out of 10 times.

The families of motorcycle riders know this fact all too well. One man’s life was tragically cut short when he “failed to negotiate a curve” and skidded into a guardrail this past November. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, his family may be entitled to legal remedies with the help of a Philadelphia motorcycle accident lawyer.

Just a few weeks later, another motorcyclist was injured in Lawrence Township, when he drove off the right side of the road, hit a ditch, and was ejected. A friend who was following him also lost control and was ejected. It is reported that an animal lurched out into their path, causing them to swerve. Police cited both for failure to control their vehicles.

The point is that motorcycle accidents are rife with legal repercussions. For instance, were you forced off the road by another driver? Was the road faulty and thus the local municipality or state bear some responsibility for the accident? Or what if you were the driver and a passenger was injured when you wrecked? The courts allow for personal injury claims and financial allotments for negligence, but the laws can be complex and confusing. It’s important to have a motorcycle accident lawyer on your side to help. Edith Pearce has gained recognition for successfully litigating multi-million dollar lawsuits in some of the most complex personal injury cases.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a deadly or serious accident, or have suffered serious bodily harm through another’s actions, Edith Pearce, the founder of The Pearce Law Firm, can help. She’s a Philadelphia motorcycle accident lawyer who has gained national attention for handling complex personal injury cases.  She protects the rights of riders and other drivers, and she has built a reputation as a smart, caring, and dependable attorney. Contact her now from more information.

Posted in: Accidents & Injuries, Motorcycle Accidents

Helmets, Leather, and Lawyers

April 5, 2013

On Halloween 2012, Mitch Lucker, lead singer of the California-based heavy metal band Suicide Silence, lost control of his motorcycle and later died from injuries sustained that night.  He was just 28.  Mitch’s death is a high-profile example of a tragedy that impacts families and communities across the country everyday.

Motorcycles are a free-spirited form of transportation known for their great gas mileage.  Their appeal in these times of $4.00/gallon gas is evident.  In Pennsylvania, the number of licensed motorcyclists (affectionately called “bikers”) has risen steadily since 2002. Pennsylvania’s Department of Motor Vehicles considers many types of transportation to be a motorcycle, including mopeds, motor scooters, and mini-bikes.

Unfortunately, safety concerns and the risk of accidents come with the freedom of riding with the wind in your hair. Motorcycle accidents are much more likely to be fatal than car or truck accidents and can leave grieving families in a difficult financial situation.  In 2011, there were nearly one million motorcyclists permitted to drive on Pennsylvania’s roadways and 3,746 motorcycle accidents.

The impact of these tragedies on motorcyclists, their spouses, children and parents can be reduced in a number of ways.  Helmets can protect the sensitive brain area from head injuries.  Protective clothing can reduce road rash.  And a Philadelphia motorcycle accident attorney can improve the chances of a motorcyclist or his family in recovering money to help pay for medical bills and rehabilitation.  When a loved one has a motorcycle accident, it is difficult to navigate who’s to blame or how to stay afloat after the unexpected expense of medical treatment or funeral costs.  Insurance companies may make offers of money to make the situation “go away” when there are in fact legal actions that may be available.  An attorney based in Philadelphia will know the law in your community to assist you with these questions.  Although motorcycle accidents and fatalities are declining, accidents like Mitch’s still occur and a lawyer is a knowledgeable resource when a motorcycle accident takes place in the community.

Posted in: Accidents & Injuries, Motorcycle Accidents

Bucks County Man Dies In Tragic Motorcycle Accident

March 6, 2013

On Jan. 6, a 20-year-old man lost control of his motorcycle traveling southbound along South Woodbourne Road in Bucks County. He was ejected from the vehicle and did not survive.

While the fatality is among the first handful of vehicular deaths in the state, it will no doubt not be among the last for 2013, especially for motorcycle drivers. Motorcycle accidents are often much more serious than automobile accidents, often resulting in loss of limbs, paraplegia, quadriplegia, head injuries and, as seen in the Bucks County example, death.  A motorcycle accident lawyer can help you claim compensation for these serious injuries. In fact, more than 80 percent of all reported motorcycle accidents result in serious injury or death, especially after Pennsylvania repealed its motorcycle helmet law in 2003.

Driving a motorcycle can be extremely dangerous, especially when others on the rode are being careless and not alert. And when a motorcycle accident occurs, you need a motorcycle accident lawyer by your side. The Pearce Law Firm was founded by Edith Pearce, who worked for years as an attorney for a major auto and motorcycle insurance company. She knows what the insurance companies value your case at, and how to obtain the maximum settlement possible.  More importantly, Edith Pearce, Esq. and her team know the “tricks of the trade” by working on the other side for years, which gives her clients a competitive edge.

A motorcycle accident lawyer from Pearce Law Firm will examine all the various angles of your case, look at who is at fault, examine evidence collected at the scene, and interview witnesses like the one who witnessed the tragic incident on South Woodbourne Road on Jan. 6.

The goal is to develop the most comprehensive, bulletproof case possible to help you recoup compensation for your tragic loss. This compensation may include hospital and medical expenses, past and future permanent physical disability benefits, pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of companionship, destruction of property, and more. In fact, just this past year, Pearce and her firm earned a family $2.2 million in a case that involved the death of a family member. Let a motorcycle accident lawyer from the Pearce Law Firm help you too. You owe it to yourself to work with a team of experienced and compassionate legal professionals.

We work with people who are hurt every day.  We help you in your time of need. Call today.

Posted in: Accidents & Injuries, Motorcycle Accidents

Pennsylvania Motorcyclist, 25, Dies South of Pennsylvania Border

November 6, 2012

On the outskirts of the Adirondacks in Steuben County, NY, Joshua D. Wilcox accelerated his motorcycle heading north. The Pennsylvania native was thirty minutes south of the Pennsylvania border on River Road, cutting through the farms and fields of Lindley, NY, a town of just 1,900 people.

Like too many young lives, Josh Wilcox’s was cut short. He “failed to negotiate a curve” on the outskirts of that small New York town and skidded across the road into a guardrail where he was thrown from the bike. He was pronounced dead on the scene. It is believed that excessive speed was the culprit.

The dangers that motorcycles pose to their riders and those around them are familiar to the city of Philadelphia. Motorcycle accident lawyer Edith Pearce is well-versed in both personal injury law and motorcycle accident law. A reported 80% of all motorcycle accidents result in serious injury or death. She has worked closely with personal injury tragedies, represented clients in multi-million dollar suits, and come out successful.

Though the current Pennsylvania law states that riders over the age of 21 are not required to wear a helmet, they must either have two years of experience with a license or have completed a motorcycle rider safety course. Tragically, Joshua D. Wilcox was wearing a helmet that night.

Human life is fragile, and never more so than when riding a motorcycle. A small mistake on a driver’s part means that a motorcyclist could suffer serious injury or even death. The Pearce Law Firm in Philadelphia is experienced in both personal injury and motorcycle law, which means no matter which side of the accident you were on, we can represent you in a knowledgeable way. One Philadelphia motorcycle accident lawyer that aims to protect the rights of riders all across our state is Edith Pearce. Everyone is tired of hearing heartbreaking stories like that of Joshua Wilcox.

Posted in: Motorcycle Accidents

Pennsylvanians in Disagreement over New Bike Lanes

May 31, 2011

There has been much discussion throughout the state of Pennsylvania recently about bike lanes on main roads. With gas prices going up, more and more men and women in the state of Pennsylvania are turning to bicycling as a primary source of transportation to work and bicycling makes sense with the initiative many are now taking to “go green.” Biking recreationally is also hugely popular among many in the state as well, especially in the Philadelphia area. With all of these factors coming into play, it is only natural that new bike lanes are being installed in towns and cities throughout the state. While many residents are ecstatic, some citizens and authorities are expressing concern.

Just a few months ago bike lanes were installed on busy King’s Street in the town of York Pennsylvania. The town even celebrated “Bike to Work Week” in honor of the new bike lanes, making headlines across the state. Even though these bike lanes have made for exciting news, several York residents say that they will not be using the bike lanes even if they are conveniently located along a short path to work.
They are afraid of the dangers of driving bikes on busy roads. Many are concerned about injury. One driver said he has witnessed drivers of cars driving right into the bike lanes carelessly.

Now the city of Philadelphia is abuzz about bike lanes. City councilman Bill Greenlee wants any future lanes to require council approval. To do so, Greelee wants to create an ordinance in Philadelphia to put the council in charge of bike lanes to be consistent with policies in place for regular motor vehicles.

The Bicycle Coalition of Greater disagrees with Greenlee. Director Alex Doty says “No city council approval is needed for new vehicular travel lanes, crosswalks, or bus stops.” He fears this will “put red tape” in front of the streets department traffic engineers and make it hard to put bike lanes in place.

No matter what your stance on bike lanes, remember to always bike and drive safely. Several bikers are injured each year. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident contact a Philadelphia accident lawyer or Philadelphia injury lawyer immediately.

Posted in: Motorcycle Accidents

Pennsylvania Man Killed in Motorcycle Accident

July 27, 2010

As a Personal Injury Law Firm in Philadelphia, the Pearce Law Firmhas handled numerous motorcycle accidents in Philadelphia and throughout Pennsylvania. A Pennsylvania motorcyclist was killed this week when he swerved to avoid another motorcycle accident on Route 181 in Sparta. Sixty-year-old Charles Whipple of Canadensis was riding with other bikers when the motorcyclist in front of him lost control, skidded across the roadway and crashed into the curb. While maneuvering to avoid his fallen comrade, the brakes on Whipple’s motorcycle locked, sending him crashing into a stopped car. Whipple was pronounced dead after arrival at the hospital. The driver of the car and her passenger were unhurt. Police cited the motorcyclist who caused the initial accident with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, failure to keep right and failure to wear a safety helmet.

When Pennsylvania repealed its motorcycle helmet law in 2003, motorcycle deaths rose in the Philadelphia area and across the state. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, fatal head injuries incurred by helmet-less motorcycle riders increased 66%; and serious head injuries requiring hospitalization, by 78%. Head injuries account for the majority of all motorcycle accident injuries and fatalities nationwide. Injuries to other parts of the body account for just 28% of motorcycle accident hospitalizations and 25% of motorcycle deaths.

Another factor driving up motorcycle injuries and fatalities is the growing number of motorcycle riders over the age of 40. Spurred by retiring Baby Boomers, motorcycle registrations have increased by more than 100% over the past 10 years. Unfortunately, older bodies don’t bounce back as quickly as younger ones. You can find out more here. People over 40 who are in a motorcycle accident suffer more serious injuries, require lengthier hospital stays and longer recovery times, and are more likely to die, even from less serious injuries, than their younger counterparts. When an accident results in death due to someone else’s negligence, a wrongful death action can be brought by the survivors and beneficiaries.

If you suffer serious personal injuries in a motorcycle accident, consult an experienced Philadelphia personal injury attorney for a free case evaluation.

Posted in: Motorcycle Accidents