Negligence Is a Factor in Many Motorcycle and Passenger Vehicle Crashes
Now that we’re several weeks into spring, most drivers in Virginia have gotten used to the presence of motorcycles on the road. But even though drivers are aware that motorcyclists may be sharing the road with them, they don’t always look out for them.
The reasons that drivers fail to see motorcyclists can range from simply not paying close enough attention to the road and their surroundings to being distracted and not paying attention, period. For example, drivers may fail to check their mirrors and drift into the paths of motorcyclists in adjacent lanes. Or they may be looking at their phones and not see stopped motorcyclists ahead of them.
Another common example of drivers crashing into motorcyclists is left-turn situations. When drivers are waiting to turn left, they may only be on the lookout for other passenger vehicles headed towards them. Motorcyclists can be more difficult to see, and they may not even take the time to determine if a motorcyclist is headed in their direction.
Drivers who pull out into the road in front of motorcyclists cause many serious crashes. In fact, left-turning drivers is one of the biggest risk factors that riders face in Virginia and throughout the U.S. When riders are injured by left-turning drivers, they can often get compensation from them or their insurers because it’s likely that they pulled out in front of them due to distraction or negligence.
At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke motorcycle accident lawyers have successfully built and won many motorcycle accident claims, and we know that negligence plays a role in a large number of them. Contact our law firm today if you or someone you love was hurt in a motorcycle accident that wasn’t your fault. We want to help you get maximum compensation.
Can You Get Compensation After a Motorcycle Crash if You’re Partially at Fault?
An unfortunate fact that almost all motorcyclists will face at some point is an unfair bias from other people. That can include other drivers, police officers, and insurance adjusters if they’re involved in accidents. One of the most common ways that bias plays out is after crashes when they’re either unfairly assigned blame or have their compensation claims denied.
Unfortunately, Virginia uses a strict contributory negligence system for getting compensation after accidents and injuries. It means that if you’re even 1% at fault for a crash, you can’t recover any damages. The bias against motorcyclists also means that many riders get assigned at least some fault for their accidents simply due to the fact that they were traveling on two wheels instead of four.
Motorcycles are fast and they can be very loud. The popular image of motorcycles and motorcyclists is that of reckless speed demons. So, when you get struck by a vehicle, the responding police officer may arrive at the scene and already have his mind made up: you either caused or contributed to the crash. This assessment isn’t fair, and it can persist even in the face of other evidence.
At Skolrood Law Firm, we work hard to break down this myth and to let the facts speak for themselves. It’s extremely important in a state like Virginia, where even tiny amounts of fault can leave victims paying for all costs out of pocket. Contact our Roanoke motorcycle accident lawyers today for a free consultation and to find out how we can help you.
We’ll Handle Your Motorcycle Compensation Claim While You Recover
Motorcycle accidents are almost always serious—especially when they involve colliding with another vehicle. Motorcyclists who wear full safety gear can reduce their risks of certain injuries, but they can’t eliminate them. When motorcyclists are thrown from their bikes, which usually happens in crashes, they’re at risk of breaking bones, tearing ligaments, and even suffering traumatic brain injuries.
If you were recently injured in a motorcycle crash, you may be trying to recuperate from your injuries. That’s by far the most important thing on your plate right now, even though you also may need to file a compensation claim for your crash-related damages. But when you’re seriously injured, the last thing you want to do is deal with an uncooperative insurance company.
At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke motorcycle accident lawyers can build your claim for you while you focus on resting and recovering. We’ll collect evidence that proves the other driver caused the accident, determine how much money you need for your damages, and negotiate with the insurance company to get you paid. All the while, we’ll protect your rights and ensure the insurance adjuster isn’t able to use any tactics to deny you the money you’re owed.
Contact us today for a free consultation. Your motorcycle accident was traumatic, and now you need experienced legal representation to help you move forward with your life. We’ve assisted many injured motorcyclists just like you, and we know what it takes to win.