King William County motorcycle accident attorneys
Without the protection of an enclosed vehicle, motorcyclists are vulnerable to serious injuries in a crash. Motorcycles are considerably smaller, less stable, and less visible than passenger vehicles. These factors contribute to a higher risk of a collision and greater severity of injuries when an accident happens.
Even with a helmet and protective gear, there is not much between a rider and the road. When a motorcyclist is thrown from the bike in a crash, or when the bike falls over on the rider’s leg, it can cause serious damage. Common injuries in motorcycle accidents include:
- Fractured bones, particularly the legs, arms, ribs, and collarbone
- Road rash, a severe type of skin abrasion that occurs when a rider slides across the road
- Spinal cord injury, which can lead to paraplegia or quadriplegia
- Severe sprains, strains, and soft tissue damage
- Traumatic brain injury, caused by trauma to the head
- Facials fractures and disfigurement
- Amputation of limbs
Many motorcycle accidents are the fault of other motorists. Negligent drivers cause motorcycle accidents in several ways including:
- Failing to see a motorcycle in the roadway: Drivers used to looking for larger passenger vehicles may simply fail to register a motorcycle in the road. Many crashes are caused by drivers who turn left at an intersection or pull out of side streets, driveways, or parking lots directly into the path of an oncoming motorcycle.
- Failing to perform a shoulder check: Every passenger vehicle has blind spots, and motorcycles are smaller and more difficult to spot than larger vehicles. Drivers who fail to do a head check before switching lanes can cut off or sideswipe a motorcyclist.
- Following too closely: Drivers should maintain a safe distance from the vehicle ahead. When a driver follows a motorcycle too closely, it can lead to a deadly rear-end collision that could propel the rider from the bike and into traffic.
- Distracted driving: Drivers who are texting or engaging in other forms of distraction are less attentive to the road ahead and more likely to hit a motorcyclist.
- Drunk driving: Alcohol consumption significantly impairs driving ability. People who drink and drive put other motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorcyclists at risk.
A motorcyclist who has been injured through the negligence of another may be entitled to file a claim for compensation against the responsible party. The first step is to speak with an experienced King William County personal injury lawyer. Our trial lawyers can tell you if you have a case, thoroughly investigate your accident, collect, and preserve supporting evidence, assess the full extent of your losses, negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf, and take your case to court if necessary.
If another driver caused your motorcycle crash, that driver may be held responsible for your injuries. If the driver was on the clock for an employer when the accident occurred, the employer may also be liable. Compensation you may be entitled to claim for motorcycle accident injuries may include:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Punitive damages (designed to punish a defendant for grossly negligent or malicious conduct) in some cases
At GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Lawyers, we have served our country as former members of the U.S. Marine Corps, and now we are ready to serve you. We know how to prepare and execute a plan successfully. If you have been hurt in a motorcycle accident that was someone else’s fault, call us (804) 413-6777. We don’t charge any fees until we win a recovery for you.
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