Who doesn’t love a road trip along scenic Virginia roads? Often the best way to enjoy a sightseeing journey is on a motorcycle. But ensuring your safety when out sharing the roads with other vehicles is more important than ever. The potential of a crash with a distracted driver or a collision with a truck driver that has slower reaction times is high. Defensive driving is becoming the norm on our roads. A Virginia personal injury attorney understands that the potential for severe injuries motorcycle accident victims suffer can be devastating, both physically and financially, for the victims and their families.
Motorcycle Accident Claims
According to national statistics, there are approximately 6,000 motorcyclists killed each year. Drivers routinely fail to observe other vehicles on the same roads. Not only are pedestrians and cyclists getting seriously injured and hurt, but motorcyclists are also suffering the same fate, often with catastrophic consequences.
If you have been severely injured in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence of another driver, part of your recovery is not just medical, but also monetary. Medical costs are extremely high, so to be awarded a settlement to assist with these expenses is your legal right. Retaining the services of a Virginia motorcycle accident attorney to help you navigate the legal system is an important part of your recovery from the crash.
“Share the Road”
A common theme from safety experts is the phrase “share the road.” This should also include motorcyclists. The cause of crashes is often a visibility issue. Riders place faith and trust in drivers to operate vehicles in a courteous and attentive manner.
In about 40 percent of motorcycle accidents, the other vehicles are turning left while the motorcycles are going straight. Both vehicles are going straight about 25 percent of the time. These statistics clearly show the lack of consideration afforded to motorcycle riders on our roads and especially at intersections.
Riders often suffer serious injuries in crashes in collisions with cars or trucks that have not yielded to them. These injuries can include head trauma, brain injury, internal organ damage, broken bones, spinal cord injuries, and lacerations.
While helmet use has prevented many fatal injuries, serious internal injuries and limb damage can still occur. There is also a high risk of nerve and ligament damage, as well as painful road rash which can leave scarring.
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Our Virginia motorcycle 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 are injured in a motorcycle accident, it is critical not to delay contacting the legal team at Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp to take action on your case before the statute of limitation expires. If that happens, you will be unable to collect financial damages for losses you or your family may be entitled to.
Our firm also offers a free motorcycle injury guide which offers information that you may find helpful.