With winter upon us, the majority of motorcycle enthusiasts have put their bikes into storage for the year. Tragically, many riders were hurt in motorcycle crashes, and some riders even lost their lives. Here in Virginia, almost 100 victims die each year in motorcycle accidents.
According to statistics, more than 80 percent of motorcycle crash victims sustain injuries, many so severe they don’t survive. The crash not only claims the life of the victim but the families the victim leaves behind also suffer.
Families face not only the emotional loss of their loved ones, but many families are left financially devastated. There are often high medical bills for the cost of trying to save the victim’s life, as well as funeral and burial expenses. In addition, the contributing income and benefits the victim provided for his or her family are no longer there.
Virginia law allows families of victims who were killed in motorcycle accidents caused by the negligence or reckless of someone else to seek financial compensation for their losses through a wrongful death claim. In addition to the above-mentioned expenses and other financial losses, families can also seek damages for their emotional anguish, loss of companionship (spouse), and loss of a parent. If you have lost a loved one, a Virginia wrongful death attorney can tell you what other damages you may be entitled to based on the circumstances of your case.
Pursing Wrongful Death Claims
The loss of a loved one in a motorcycle crash is overwhelming, and unfortunately, pursuing a wrongful death claim can be even more traumatizing for families who are struggling with that loss every single day. Wrongful death lawsuits are often complex and the legalities involved often heighten a families grief and pain. This is why it is critical for families to seek the assistance of a compassionate Virginia wrongful death attorney who has significant experience and understanding of the emotional impact these lawsuits can have on families.
At Shapiro & Appleton, we have successfully advocated for many accident victims and their families. We understand the distress and pain your family is trying to cope with and will use all available resources to ensure that your rights are protected and your legal needs are met.
If you would like to meet with one our seasoned Virginia motorcycle accident attorneys, contact our office for a free consultation. We are available to meet and discuss what legal options you may have and how we can help. We also offer a free wrongful death guide for families who have lost a loved one in an accident. The guide covers topics such as the statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death claim, what types of damages can be pursued, and who can be appointed as personal representative.