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Injured in a motorcycle crash? Stop spinning your wheels

While driving your motorcycle, you feel that life couldn't be better. The air in your hair and the sunshine on your skin make you feel as though you don't have a care in the world. But things quickly take a turn for the worse when a car collides with your motorcycle out of nowhere.

A motorcycle accident in Pennsylvania can quickly lead to serious injuries. Unfortunately, in addition to resulting in physical injuries, the motorcycle crash can lead to emotional scars and financial troubles as well. A few tips can help you to protect yourself legally immediately after this type of car accident.

Use your head: Understand motorcycle helmet laws and legal claims

Out on the open road, you may feel a sense of freedom that can only come from riding a motorcycle. Whether you ride with friends or on your own, you undoubtedly find the activity one of immense enjoyment while also allowing you to get to your desired destinations. Of course, you also want to get to your destinations safely, and unfortunately, motorcyclists often face a higher risk of injury when involved in an accident.

Helmets can sometimes play a role in the severity of injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident. However, Pennsylvania state law does not require all motorcyclists to wear helmets. If you have surpassed the age of 21 and have riding experience of at least two years or completed an approved motorcycle safety course, you do not have to wear protective headgear. Of course, if you suffer injuries in an accident, you may wonder how a lack of helmet could impact your potential compensation.

4 issues motorcyclists face on the roads

As a motorcycle enthusiast, you likely enjoy the thrill of riding down the road feeling less encumbered than if you were inside a passenger vehicle. However, that greater sense of freedom comes with an increased risk of suffering great injury if you are involved in an accident. A variety of circumstances could lead to such an incident, and here are four issues you may be more likely to face as a motorcyclist:

Distracted driving: The evolution of the smartphone

Distracted driving is not a new problem. It is a problem that has been around for generations. In fact, it is a term that is even found in some dictionaries. Random House Dictionary defines distracted driving as:

[D]riving a vehicle while engaging in an activity that has potential to distract the driver from the task of driving.

In the past, this included activities like eating while driving, putting on makeup or yelling at misbehaving children in the backseat. Although these activities remain dangerous, the growing use of cellphones while driving is becoming a much more pervasive issue.

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