Fredericksburg Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Motorcycles accidents are more likely to be deadly than accidents involving passenger vehicles. Certain hazards existing in the roadway, such as loose gravel or potholes, are more dangerous for motorcycles than they are for other types of vehicles, and because of a motorcycle’s lack of a protective metal chassis, motorcyclists are at a greater risk of being injured or killed in an accident. Recent trends show that motorcycle accidents are especially dangerous for older riders, whose reduced bone density can prolong their recovery time after being injured in an accident.
When an individual is injured in a motorcycle accident caused by another party’s negligence, she can file a personal injury claim to seek compensation for her damages related to the injury. Demonstrating that the accident was caused by another party’s negligence—the key to a successful personal injury claim—requires the strategic use of numerous pieces of evidence.
What Causes Motorcycle Accidents?
There are many different causes of motorcycle accidents. Sometimes, motorcycle accidents are the result of multiple hazards, such as a negligent driver of a car on a poorly maintained stretch of roadway. Determining the cause of a motorcycle accident is the first step to determining the negligent party—the party against whom the victim may file a personal injury claim.
When a poorly designed or maintained roadway causes a motorcycle accident, the entity charged with maintaining that roadway may be found liable for the victim’s damages. Roadway issues are more likely to cause motorcycle accidents than car accidents. This is because a motorcycle’s center of gravity makes it more susceptible to hazards such as sharp turns, potholes, and debris in the roadway.
Motorcycle accidents can also occur due to a malfunction on the part of the motorcycle or another vehicle. When this happens, the malfunctioning vehicle’s manufacturer or seller may be found negligent and thus liable for the victim’s damages.
Other drivers on the road also cause accidents when they are driving negligently. Some examples of driver negligence that can cause motorcycle accidents include:
- Driving while intoxicated by drugs or alcohol
- Driving aggressively
- Tailgating motorcyclists
- Disobeying traffic laws
- Driving while distracted
- Driving while fatigued
When another driver’s negligence is to blame for your motorcycle accident, you have the right to seek compensation for the injuries and losses you sustained in the accident.
How Can I Be Injured in a Motorcycle Accident?
There are many ways you can be injured in a motorcycle accident. Examples of typical injuries include:
- Road rash
- Soft-tissue damage
- Head trauma
- Spinal cord injury
- Broken bones
- Sprains and strains
- Degloving injuries
After a motorcycle accident, seek medical attention for your injuries as soon as possible. Injuries can worsen if left untreated; sometimes, they can lead to complications such as paralysis, disability, or even death.
Seeking Compensation for your Motorcycle Accident Damages
Through filing a personal injury claim, you can seek compensation for many of the injury-related damages you’ve experienced. These include:
- Your medical bills
- Your lost wages
- Damages for pain and suffering
- To recover compensation for these damages, you must support your claim with evidence that demonstrates each of the following:
- Another party had a duty of care towards you. This duty could be as simple as the duty to obey the speed limit.
- That party breached his or her duty.
- The breach caused you to suffer injury in an accident.
- The injury caused you to experience financial damages.
Evidence you can use to support your claim includes:
- Photographs of the accident scene
- Testimonies from eyewitnesses
- The official police report for the accident
- Your medical bills and bills for other expenses
- Documentation demonstrating your lost wages
Your lawyer can help you secure other helpful evidence—such as expert witness testimony—to support your claim. Your attorney can also help you demonstrate the intangible damages you face, such as a reduced quality of life because of your injury.
Why Work with a Fredericksburg Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?
Your lawyer is your advocate. In addition to helping you obtain the evidence you need to support your claim, your lawyer can also help you keep your case on track and negotiate with the negligent party’s insurance provider on your behalf to secure a fair settlement amount. In Virginia, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is two years from the date of the accident. Your lawyer can ensure that the claim is filed within this time frame and determine the best way to handle each issue that arises as the case progresses. When a victim cannot reach a settlement with the negligent party’s insurer, which does happen, the victim’s lawyer may opt to file a lawsuit.
Work with an Experienced Fredericksburg Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Your motorcycle accident injury does not have to create a lasting financial burden for you and your family. Work with an experienced Fredericksburg motorcycle accident lawyer to file and pursue a personal injury claim to seek monetary compensation for your accident damages. To learn more about this process, contact our team at Emroch & Kilduff, LLP today to set up your free, confidential legal consultation with us.