Richmond Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Riding a motorcycle is a thrilling experience for adventure-seekers around the world, but it is also quite dangerous. Compared to accidents involving standard motor vehicles—where all parties are secured with seatbelts and protected by airbags, not to mention vehicle frames and doors—motorcycle accident injuries are often much more severe.
In Richmond, motorcycle accidents are less common than crashes involving other modes of transportation, but they still happen. If you have been involved in a motorcycle crash, our Richmond motorcycle accident lawyers at the law offices of Emroch & Kilduff, LLP want to meet with you. We can review your case for free and provide you with a list of your options moving forward.
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Because motorcyclists have few protections when they are involved in a crash, their injuries may be especially severe. Some of the most common injuries that motorcyclists may suffer when hit include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Back and neck injuries
- Bone fracture injuries
- Soft-tissue injuries
- Road rash/road burn injuries
- Facial and scalp injuries
- Internal injuries
While some injuries may be avoided or limited via the use of motorcycle protection gear, such as a helmet, others are inevitable when the motorcyclist is hit with a significant amount of force. Tragically, many motorcycle accidents are fatal.
Top Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents occur primarily because of human errors and are often the fault of motorists on the road. Motorcycle accidents can be caused when other drivers:
- Drive while distracted
- Drive while intoxicated by alcohol or drugs
- Drive aggressively
- Fail to check their blind spot
- Tailgate motorcyclists
- When the error of another party causes your crash, you have the right to pursue compensation for your losses.
Your Duties as a Motorcyclist and How It Affects Liability
As a motorcyclist in Richmond, you have a number of responsibilities and duties. Generally, you have the duty to operate your motorcycle with a reasonable degree of care, or the degree of care that a reasonable person would exercise. Specifically, you are obligated to:
- Wear a protective helmet
- Wear a face shield or safety glasses or have the motorcycle equipped with safety glass
- Hold a valid motorcycle classification designation on your driver’s license
- Follow all traffic signals, signs, and laws, such as refraining from lane-splitting or riding while intoxicated
It is important that you uphold all of your duties as a motorcyclist. If you do not, you are putting yourself at a higher risk of harm by increasing your chances of being involved in an accident. Further, you are also increasing the risk of losing out on your right to compensation if you are in an accident, even if the other driver was mostly responsible for your crash. This is because Virginia maintains a system of pure contributory negligence. This means that when a plaintiff in a civil action contributes to his injuries in the slightest, he is barred from holding a defendant liable for his injuries and seeking damages.
We Help You to Prove Fault and Maximize Your Compensation Amount
A situation like the one described above—where a motorcyclist is unable to recover compensation for his injuries because he contributed to them through a minor act of fault—may seem unfair, but it has happened in the past and will surely happen again in the future. The pure contributory negligence rule in Virginia is one of the primary reasons why you need our experienced legal team on your side after a motorcycle crash. We build your claim in a manner that proves that your injuries would not have occurred but for the actions of the other party, and therefore, that your claim deserves to be paid in full. We will investigate your accident and negotiate for a settlement. We also have significant trial experience, so if an out-of-court settlement cannot be reached, we are prepared to file a lawsuit and bring your case to trial.
We will negotiate with your own insurance company when you are seeking compensation under your medical payments (MedPay) coverage, which pays for medical expenses in an accident regardless of fault. We can also help you to determine whether there are any other potential insurance companies involved from which you can seek recovery.
Contact the Offices of Emroch & Kilduff, LLP Today
If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, your life may never look the same again. Even if you do regain mobility and cognitive abilities, you may be left with thousands of dollars in medical expenses, lost wages, and lingering psychological harm.
We know that Virginia’s negligence laws can make it difficult to recover what you deserve, but we don’t want these laws to deter you. If you are in a crash, or if you lose a loved one in a fatal motorcycle accident, our caring Richmond motorcycle accident attorneys will be here for you. We can review your claim for free, provide you with the legal advice that you need, and represent you in the claims process if you so choose.
Our law firm cares about you. Learn what we have to say about what steps you should take next by calling us today. You can also chat with us online, fill out the contact form on our website, or send us an email at email@example.com.