Motorcycle Accidents: Not Always the Rider’s Fault

Winter is upon us and most motorcycle enthusiasts have put their bikes away until the spring. Unfortunately, some of those enthusiasts were likely involved in a motorcycle accident this riding season. About 2,000 riders are involved in motorcycle accidents each year in Virginia. And almost 100 of those accident victims are killed as a result of these crashes. If you or a loved one were injured in a motorcycle crash this year, contact a Virginia motorcycle accident attorney to find out what legal actions you may be able to take against the driver who hit you.

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Types of Motorcycle Accidents

Although there is often a misconception that people who ride motorcycles are thrill-seeking risk-takers, the reality is that the majority of motorcyclists are responsible riders who take care in avoiding the driving behaviors which can cause them serious harm or get them killed. In fact, one study found that almost 70 percent of motorcycle accidents are the fault of another vehicle driver and not the motorcyclist. Many of these crashes happen because the vehicle driver is distracted, driving recklessly, or is unaware the motorcycle is close because of the vehicle’s blind spots.

Some of the more common types of impacts motorcycle riders sustain from other vehicles include:

  • Being side-swiped after a vehicle makes a left turn into rider’s path/ failing to yield to a motorcycle;
  • Being rear-ended; and
  • Vehicle drivers changing lanes and emerging from intersections.

Crashes can also occur because of road surface issues or defective motorcycle parts.

Despite all the safety precautions motorcyclists may take, such as wearing DOT approved helmets and other safety gear, the lack of a surrounding support structure and airbags make a rider extremely vulnerable on the road. This also means that injuries a rider sustains in a motorcycle crash are likely to be much more severe than the injuries sustained by vehicle occupants.

Contact a Skilled Va. Injury Attorney Today

Some of the most frequent injuries that clients of a Virginia motorcycle accident attorney suffer include brain injuries, broken bones, spinal trauma, and paralysis. Our accident attorneys understand that the injuries motorcycle accident victims sustain often leave them with permanent disabilities that not only create physical limitations but also result in significant financial losses.

If you or a loved one were injured in a motorcycle accident this year, contact one of our Virginia motorcycle accident attorneys to find out what legal options you may have against the driver who caused the crash. It is critical not to delay because Virginia injury laws have strict rules regarding how long you have to file your personal injury claim. If the statute of limitations expires, you will be unable to collect financial damages for any medical expenses, loss of income, pain and suffering, or any other losses you or your family may be entitled to.  

Richard N. Shapiro
Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Lawyer Serving Va Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake & all of Virginia
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