In Virginia, motorcycle accident lawyers assist victims in the recovery of compensation for damages they suffered due to the actions of someone else. If you or a loved one sustained injuries in a motorcycle crash you didn’t cause, you need someone who will fight for your future.
River Run Law assists Richmond injury accident victims in getting the justice and financial compensation they deserve. Our motorcycle accident attorneys fight to protect your legal rights and get you the best possible outcome in your case.
We offer a free consultation, and we never collect any legal fees until we recover a settlement. This lets you focus on your health and well-being and get the treatment you need to recover.
Why Are Motorcycle Crashes More Serious Than Other Types of Accidents?
Data published by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) indicates that thousands of motorcycle accidents occur in the Commonwealth every year. The striking statistic is that almost 80% of motorcycle crashes resulted in injuries to the driver—a sizable number of which were fatal.
In a passenger vehicle, you have a variety of protections, from restraint systems and airbags to high-tech safety technology systems and vehicle construction. On a motorcycle, you have none of these protections.
Virginia law requires that riders and passengers wear an approved motorcycle helmet that meets or exceeds the standards and specifications of the American National Standards Institute, Inc., the Federal Department of Transportation, or Snell Memorial Foundation. You must also wear eye protection. However, helmets and goggles provide only limited protection, and they won’t prevent many of the most serious types of injuries that riders and their passengers can suffer in a crash.
What Causes Most Richmond Motorcycle Accidents?
Most motorcycle crashes in Richmond occur due to the actions of other motorists. If you ride, you already know that motorists often don’t see you riding ahead, behind, or next to them. Other factors may also be involved, including:
- Failure to stop,
- Failure to yield,
- Impaired driving,
- Distracted driving,
- Aggressive driving,
- Illegal lane changes,
- Illegal turns, and
- Following too closely,
Some motorcycle accidents occur without the involvement of another motorist. You could crash your bike due to poorly maintained roads, large potholes, road debris, poorly marked roads or intersections, road construction, obstructed views, etc. You could also be the victim of a product defect if some part of your bike fails due to manufacturing errors or a similar cause.
In all of these potential scenarios, someone is likely at fault for your accident and the resulting injuries.
Your Richmond motorcycle accident lawyer will investigate your accident to determine who was at fault. By documenting your case and demonstrating that the at-fault party was negligent, we can establish fault and liability for your damages.
What Are the Most Common Types of Injuries from Motorcycle Crashes?
If you’re lucky, you could walk away from a crash with minor scrapes and bruises. In more serious collisions, you could sustain injuries such as:
- Severed digits or limbs,
- Crushed bones or joints,
- Traumatic brain injuries,
- Burns or abrasions,
- Internal injuries,
- Nerve and spinal damage, or
- Soft tissue damage.
Whatever type of injury you sustained, you deserve compensation from the party who caused the accident. A Richmond motorcycle accident attorney can assist you by helping protect your legal rights and pursuing fair compensation for your injuries and other damages.
It’s important that you seek medical attention immediately after a motorcycle crash. Ideally, you can have EMTs check you over at the accident scene and transport you to the hospital if you need treatment. Otherwise, go to urgent care, the ER, or a qualified medical treatment professional for a full exam as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more risk you face of not getting the care you need. Seeing a doctor immediately is also imperative for documenting your injury accident claim. Also the insurance company could argue that you weren’t seriously injured if you didn’t seek medical attention right away.
What Is Your Richmond Motorcycle Accident Injury Claim Value?
Injury accident victims frequently ask us what the average Richmond motorcycle claim value is. That’s impossible to estimate because every accident is different and every victim suffers a unique set of injuries. The best way to determine what your claim value might be is to contact River Run Law and schedule a free case evaluation.
You could be entitled to recover compensation for some or all of the following.
- Medical costs to date,
- Lost wages and benefits to date,
- Future medical treatment and care costs,
- Future lost income,
- Lost earning capacity,
- Diminished quality of life,
- Emotional trauma, and
- Pain and suffering.
If you lost a loved one due to injuries they sustained in a motorcycle accident, contact our compassionate attorneys today to learn more about pursuing a claim for wrongful death. Although a settlement won’t change what’s already happened, you can send a powerful message to the at-fault party. Recovering compensation for funeral costs, lost financial and domestic support, loss of inheritance, emotional trauma, etc., can help provide a more secure future for you and your family members.
6 Key Points You Should Know About Filing a Motorcycle Accident Claim
You’re probably curious about how the injury accident process works. Here are six key points that will help clear up some of the questions you might have about filing a Richmond motorcycle accident claim.
1. You Can Pursue a Claim on Your Own
If you really want to, you can pursue a claim yourself through the at-fault party’s insurance company. If you weren’t seriously injured, this approach might make more sense. If your injuries required medical treatment or if you aren’t sure yet what your prognosis might be, you should at least talk to a Richmond motorcycle accident attorney to explore your options.
2. Never Give a Statement to the Insurance Company
After an accident, the at-fault party’s insurance company will contact you and request a recorded statement. They might even tell you it’s required—but it is not. Never provide a statement to any insurance company without speaking to an attorney first. The insurance company is looking for ways to minimize or deny your claim, and they will use anything you say in your statement against you if they can.
3. Never Accept a Lowball Offer
Often, the insurance company will contact you in the days after a crash and offer you a payment. They may not give you all the details, but chances are, they’re offering you an undervalued settlement. If you accept it, you will give up your right to recover any more money from them, and you won’t have the resources you need to get treatment and pay your bills while you recover.
4. You Might Not Have to Go to Court
In most cases, River Run Law negotiates a favorable settlement for injury accident victims. This means you won’t have to endure the time, effort, or cost of going to trial. If we can’t get you the settlement you deserve, we will talk to you about your options. If filing a lawsuit makes sense, then that’s precisely what we will do.
5. Time Is of the Essence
The Virginia statute of limitations provides you with only two years to file a lawsuit for a motorcycle accident injury claim. Even though you have two years to file a lawsuit, it’s critical to begin pursuing a settlement immediately. The sooner you can get an attorney onboard, the sooner they can start building your case and negotiating your compensation.
6. Having a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Means Everything Is Handled for You
When you have an attorney on your side, your legal team will take care of everything. They will handle the investigation and documentation of your case as well as all negotiations with the insurance company. Your lawyer will handle all communication with other involved parties and provide you with updates throughout the process. You won’t even have to pay any money out-of-pocket. Your initial consultation is free, and you don’t owe any legal fees unless your attorney recovers a settlement on your behalf.
If you contact us now to schedule a free case analysis, we can explain your options and recommend the right approach for you. You aren’t obligated to work with us if you come in for a consultation, and we will never pressure you. We want you to have all the information you need to make the best choice for you.
Contact a Richmond Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today for Help
We understand that you might not want to come into our office—or you might be hospitalized and not able to do so—so we have plenty of options to facilitate your consultation. We can meet with you by video conference, speak on the phone, communicate via email, or come to you in person.
We want you to know that you don’t have to face this challenge alone. We have extensive experience in fighting for clients who have been wrongfully injured due to the actions of another party. You deserve justice and compensation for your damages. We will do everything we can to get you the outcome you deserve. Before you speak to the insurance company or make any decisions about accepting a settlement officer, contact us. You can call or contact us online to schedule your free consultation or to speak with one of our compassionate Richmond motorcycle accident attorneys now.