Why Hire a Virginia Motorcycle Accident Attorney?
Motorcyclists are some of the most vulnerable drivers on the road. This vulnerability can lead to devastating injuries if a motorcyclist is involved in an accident. While we can’t undo an accident, our Virginia motorcycle accident attorneys can help ease the financial stress of those injured by the fault of another. Motorcycle accident cases typically involve more severe injuries than most car accident cases. Motorcycle accidents can leave victims with catastrophic injuries such as brain damage, paralysis, loss of limbs, or even death. It is important to contact a Virginia accident lawyer as soon as possible after an accident. The claims process can be stressful and difficult to navigate, especially when you are injured or caring for a love one who has been injured in a motorcycle accident. Insurance companies are in business to pay out as little as possible for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other compensable expenses associated with your accident and recovery. But a Virginia motorcycle accident lawyer can help ensure that you receive the compensation that you deserve.
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How Common Are Motorcycle Accidents?
Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents happen frequently in in Virginia. We contend with congested roadways, which can lead to reckless driver behavior.
According to the Department of Transportation, Motorcycle riders are 4 times as likely as other motorists to be seriously injured or killed in a traffic related accident. Even more frightening, motorcyclists are 16 times more likely to be killed than the driver of an car is per mile driven. Motorcyclists are at an increased risk for serious or even fatal injuries because of their lack of protection when traveling.
What Causes Motorcycle Accidents?
There are numerous reasons for motorcycle accidents. Each motorcycle accident is unique and fault depends on individual circumstances. But thousands of motorcycle drivers are killed and injured primarily resulting from speeding and lack of visibility. Facts related to motorcycle accidents:
- Speeding or driving erratically is a leading cause of motorcycle accidents.
- Motorcyclists are approximately 26 times more likely to die in a crash than someone riding in a passenger car, and are 5 times as likely to be injured.
- About half of all motorcycles involved in a fatal crash collided with another vehicle.
- A little over one third of motorcycle riders that die in an accident were speeding.
- More than 80 percent of all reported motorcycle accidents result in injury or death to the motorcyclist.
- Each year, more than 2,200 people are killed and 55,000 injured in motorcycle accidents.
- A large portion of fatal motorcycle crashes were a direct result of another vehicle turning left in front of the motorcycle.
What Are the Most Common Types of Motorcycle Accident Injury?
Motorcycle accidents rarely lead to “minor” injuries. These are some of the more commonly reported injuries from motorcycle accidents:
Head injuries. Victims in motorcycle accidents – even those wearing helmets – may suffer from open or closed head injuries, including traumatic brain injury (TBI). These injuries can be permanently disabling and require a lifetime of care and assistance.
Neck, back, and spinal injuries
Motorcycle accidents typically involve a lot of force at impact. These injuries require immediate and ongoing medical attention.
Broken bones are commonplace in both high and low impact collisions. Drivers and passengers may suffer broken bones in the wrists, collarbone, or extremities. Other injuries, such as dislocation and bone bruising may also occur.
If left untreated, internal bleeding can be devastating, leading to organ failure, sepsis, or death.
Loss of Limb
Victims in motorcycle accidents are completely exposed and often ejected during a motorcycle accident.
I’ve Been in an Accident. Now What?
Being in a motorcycle accident is frightening. If you’ve been involved in or witnessed an accident, take a deep breath and take the following actions:
- Make sure everyone is okay. In the event of injury, call 911.
- Call the police. You will need to file a police report to make a claim with your insurance company even if you just want to cover the repair of your own vehicle.
- Take photos of the scene. It’s important to have photo evidence of the damage to your vehicle, and if you have any visible injuries, you should document those as well.
- Provide an accurate statement to the police officer. It’s important to only give the facts when speaking to the police. If you are unsure about your injuries or the cause of the accident, say that you are unsure. It’s important that all records of your accident are accurate.
- Get Medical Attention. You may be in shock and unaware of any injuries following a crash. If you were in a high impact collision, you may be at risk for a concussion or other brain injury.
- Call Gray. Contact us for a free case evaluation. There is no obligation. If you retain us, we’ll help you file an insurance claim and advocate for you to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.
How Much does a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Cost in Virginia?
We handle all cases on a contingency fee basis. This means you pay no legal fees unless we recover money for you. If we are successful, then we take a percentage of the recovery. This way, our interests are aligned. Our goal is always to maximize your recovery. Additionally, we will evaluate your case for free, so do not hesitate to call us and ask us any questions you would like!
Gray focuses his attention on personal injury. We can dedicate our wealth of experience and resources to your case. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may feel you have limited options for paying your bills and keeping your family afloat. Our Virginia law firm is happy to guide you through the process of civil litigation and help you receive compensation for damages. We help our clients get settlements to pay for past and future medical bills, lost wages, losses in earning capacity, and damages such as emotional anguish and pain and suffering.
We offer our undivided and personalized attention to all of our clients. If payment is a concern, we offer services on a contingency-fee basis, which means you’ll only owe legal fees if we recover for you.
To learn more about how we can help, contact us to set up a free initial consultation.