Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Fairfax County, VA
When you get on your motorcycle, you never think about the dangers inherent in your mode of transportation, but crashes happen to even the most experienced riders, and when they do, their effects can be catastrophic. Whether you survived a motorcycle crash or you are seeking answers in the wake of a loved one’s fatal crash, a motorcycle accident lawyer in Fairfax, VA can help you determine your next steps. The Parrish Law Firm, PLLC has helped many victims and their families establish and pursue their legal rights in the aftermath of an accident. Call us today at 571-229-1800 to discuss your claim at no cost to you.
Compensation the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC Pursues
While posting an exhaustive list is nearly impossible, the following are examples of the most common types of damages that the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC seeks in court and/or pursues in settlement negotiations with insurance companies:
The court and/or insurance company must recognize both past and future medical care the accident necessitates. This care can include therapeutic and rehabilitative care, whether inpatient, outpatient, short-term or long-term. Some victims can resume living at home provided they make physical modifications to their home. Such accommodations are another measure of damages.
Lost earnings are a serious component of your damages. If someone else’s negligence caused your inability to generate an income, you could recover that income. This includes past income and any impact the accident will have on your future income.
We would also consider all property-related losses and damages. These could include replacement or repairs to your motorcycle, accessories, and equipment as well as replacement of any destroyed apparel. If the motorcycle was your primary method of transportation, costs of alternative transport factor into your damages award as well.
Bodily injuries can cause physical pain as well as suffering. Disfiguring injuries or those that cause permanent scarring can create additional suffering. These damages, while not “economic” in nature, are nevertheless a very important part of a motorcycle accident claim.
The disruption of an accident can cause great hardship to victims and their families. Also available to accident victims are damages for “inconvenience.”
Compensation for Psychological Trauma
Because we know that injuries are not purely physical in nature, we assist clients in recovering compensation for the psychological trauma following a motorcycle accident. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can involve persistent fearfulness, sleeping difficulties, invasive thoughts of the accident, breathing difficulties, mood swings, and other symptoms.
In relatively few cases, a court can award punitive damages. Judges reserve punitive damages for only the most egregious of wrongdoers. In drunk driving cases, for example, where a drunk driver’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) exceeded an enhanced concentration, a judge could instruct a jury to consider awarding punitive damages to the victim.
Preparing For Your Claim Review
The most important thing you can do following an accident is to acquire medical care for your injuries. You nevertheless do not have to wait until you have fully assessed your condition, or until you have recovered to schedule your claim review.
If you can, note the details of involved persons and any witnesses while your recollection is fresh. If you have trouble remembering, family members can also note the details from their perspective. Be sure to date all notes.
Taking photographs of the accident scene, if you can, is helpful. A responding law enforcement officer may have provided you with instructions on how to obtain a police or crash reports. We can help you obtain this if you have not already done so.
The Parrish Law Firm’s Approach to Negligence
Unfortunately, there is much bias toward motorcycles in our society. Most of this bias toward motorcyclists is wrong.
Other drivers cause accidents through their lack of awareness. There are nevertheless other causes of serious motorcycle accidents.
Road surface issues are one such example. Potholes or uneven surfaces due to lack of road maintenance can lead to accidents, as can unattended spillages or debris. Sometimes safety components such as brakes or helmets malfunction due to faulty manufacturing.
In every single motorcycle accident case, reviewing the cause from every angle is vital. Scrutiny of every possible contributing factor ensures that you do not overlook any potentially liable person or company.
As a matter of Virginia law, a motorcycle victim must prove a duty between another person and the injured motorcyclist, that the other person breached such a duty, and that the breach was the proximate cause of the victim’s damages.
In some cases, other drivers violate published traffic laws when they crash into motorcyclists. It is possible, however, that a driver breached a duty of care to a law-abiding motorcyclist without necessarily breaking law. In some cases, a driver had actual knowledge of impending peril to a motorcyclist (and thus potentially the last chance to avoid the accident), while the motorcyclist had no such opportunity.
The Parrish Law Firm PLLC employs a team of strategists, technology, and expert testimony, if needed, to cover all bases to establish another party or parties was/were negligent. What this means to you is the peace of mind that you did everything you could to maximize your compensation.
Talk to a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Fairfax, VA Today
The Parrish Law Firm, PLLC is happy to talk to you about your motorcycle accident claim at no charge. Call us now: 571-229-1800