Aggressively Representing the Rights of Motorcycle Accident Victims in and around Richmond
For many people, riding a motorcycle is an exhilarating way to get from place to place and may even be a large part of their personal identity. These vehicles are fast, maneuverable, and allow riders to enjoy the outdoors while getting from place to place.
Unfortunately, the very characteristics that make them fun and exciting to ride are the same characteristics that make them extremely dangerous. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists were five times more likely to be injured in an accident than occupants of passenger vehicles.
When motorcycle accidents are the result of another person’s negligence or recklessness, victims are generally entitled to compensation for the losses they sustain as a result of the crash. Examples of the kinds of damages that are often recoverable include medical expense, lost income, property damage, physical and emotional pain and suffering, and loss of quality of life.
For victims who are seriously injured and unable to work, the recovery they can obtain by filing a claim is often necessary to meet their basic needs for a significant period of time, so it is critical for them to make sure to obtain the largest settlement or award possible. Fortunately, if you have been hurt in an accident and are not experienced in handling personal injury claims, the Richmond motorcycle accident attorneys of Leavitt & Martin are here to help.
Motorcycle Wreck Victims can be Seriously Injured
Because motorcyclists are not inside of a vehicle like most other motorists, they can be seriously hurt when they are involved in collisions. Not only do they not have safety features like airbags and seatbelts, their bodies are fully exposed to the outside world.
For example, when a driver of a car is involved in an accident, there is little chance that he or she will actually be struck be the other vehicle. The same is not at all true for motorcyclists. If, for example, a motorcyclist is involved in a T-bone accident, he or she could easily be struck by the other vehicle before being through from his or her bike and coming into contact with the ground or yet another object.
For these reasons, you can sustain extremely serious injuries if you are involved in a motorcycle wreck. Some of the more common serious injuries you can sustain in these kinds of accident include the following:
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Crush injuries
- Sprains and strains
In many cases, injuries like these require months or even years of medical treatment to resolve, if the fully resolve at all. Additionally, serious injuries can keep you from working for a significant period of time, resulting in lost income in addition to medical expenses. As a result, it is critical to protect your rights by speaking to a skilled lawyer as soon as you can.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
There are many potential causes of motorcycle accidents. What is important for victims is the fact that accidents caused by negligence will usually entitle them to compensation for their losses. Some of the more common ways that other people negligently cause motorcycle accidents include the following:
- Distracted driving
- Failure to yield
- Impaired driving
- Failing to use headlights at night
- Changing lanes without signaling
- Running stop signs
- Failing to maintain their vehicle
- Following too closely
- Fatigued driving
Determining whether negligence caused a particular accident is a complicated issue that needs to be addressed by an experienced lawyer. At Leavitt & Martin, we will thoroughly analyze your case at no cost and let you know whether you have a claim.
Call Leavitt & Martin Today to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation with a Richmond Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you should speak with an attorney soon as possible. Any delay could result in the destruction or loss of evidence critical to your case, which could make it much more difficult to obtain compensation for your losses.
At Leavitt & Martin, we understand how important it is for accident victims to recover for their losses and are committed to proving compassionate, aggressive, and effective representation to each client we take. To schedule a free case evaluation with one of our skilled Richmond motorcycle accident attorneys, call our office today at 804-873-4004.