Motorcycle Accident

Be Sure Your Future Expenses Are Accounted for in a Motorcycle Accident Claim

Motorcycle accidents can be much more severe than auto accidents that occur at the same speed for one simple reason: motorcycles have no built-in safety features. When people are involved in crashes while traveling in cars, trucks, and SUVs, they’re protected by a host of safety features, including the vehicle’s structure, seatbelts, and airbags. But motorcycles have only their helmets and riding gear to protect them.

Because motorcycle injuries can be so severe, it’s vital for riders to fully understand exactly how much medical treatment they’ll need, how long their injuries will last, and how long they’ll be out of work. But unfortunately, riders are often in too much pain to fully consider these factors. All they know is that they need compensation right away, and insurance companies take advantage of that.

It’s common for insurers to pay injured victims quick settlements that cover only their most pressing expenses but quickly run out weeks or months after their crashes. And in some cases, settlements don’t cover any lost wages. To make matters worse, victims who accept these settlements can’t pursue more compensation later, as the fine print always excludes further litigation or settlements.

At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke motorcycle accident lawyers can make a fast and accurate assessment of how much money your accident will cost you, and we’ll demand the insurance company you a fair settlement. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Motorcycle Accident

Motorcycle Accident? Don’t Count on Fair Treatment from the Insurance Company.

When you’re injured because of someone else’s negligence, you expect the other driver’s insurance company to be cooperative—especially when there’s plenty of evidence showing they were at fault. But insurance companies don’t like paying fair settlements to injured victims, especially when they’re motorcyclists.

Bikers don’t get fair treatment from insurance companies because insurance companies believe stereotypes about them. Decades of movies and television shows portraying bikers as reckless law breakers has influenced the way adjusters think about motorcyclists. That means that even when they’re completely innocent after crashes, adjusters may reduce or deny their claims based on nothing but preconceived biases!

To make matters worse, many injured bikers simply throw up their hands and give up on getting fair compensation. Insurance companies know that people who are seriously injured rarely have the time, energy, or patience to fight back, so they hold out on paying compensation in the hopes that victims will simply go away.

But the day you call a lawyer is the day the pendulum swings back in your favor. At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke motorcycle accident lawyers have all the time, energy, and patience in the world. We also have decades of experience fighting for the rights of injured victims. In other words, we’re the insurance company’s worst nightmare.

Don’t go down without a fight, and don’t let the insurance company treat you unfairly simply because of your hobby and your passion for riding motorcycles. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Motorcycle Accident

Motorcyclists: Don’t Skip Protective Riding Gear, Regardless of the Temperature Outside

Summer is prime riding season for motorcyclists, but hot temperatures can make many riders reluctant to fully “gear up” before they hit the road. If you’re a rider, don’t give in to this temptation. Skipping any piece of equipment when you head out on your motorcycle puts you at a significantly elevated risk of suffering serious injuries in a crash.

It’s true that riding in full gear in the summer can be challenging and even dangerous depending on how hot it is. However, the danger of riding without gear is even more pronounced. Here are a few tips to keep in mind to stay safe and comfortable while riding in the heat.

  • Wear breathable gear—Having winter riding gear and summer riding gear can give you the best of both worlds. You can buy full protective bodysuits that are made of breathable material and that even include cooling gels and packs to lower your body temperature on hot days.
  • Avoid the hottest part of the day—When you ride during the summer, stick to the early morning and evening hours. Riding in the afternoon and early evening means riding during the hottest part of the day, which can increase your risk of heat stroke.
  • Stay hydrated with ice water—Whether you drink it from a thermos, a water bottle, or a wearable pack, continuously drinking ice water during your ride and when you stop can help you stay cool and hydrated on even the hottest days.

At Skolrood Law Firm, we take motorcycle safety seriously. We know that when riders are struck by negligent drivers, they face long roads to recovery. If you or someone you love was injured by a negligent driver while you were riding, our Roanoke motorcycle accident lawyers are here. Contact us today for a free consultation.