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February 23, 2015 by The Parrish Law Firm

So You Were Involved In a Motorcycle Accident in Northern Virginia: Call the Experienced Motorcycle Injury Lawyers at Parrish Law Firm

Anyone who climbs on the back of a hog, a crotch rocket, or a trike knows this to be true: It’s not a matter of IF you’re involved in a motorcycle accident, but WHEN it happens. An accident can be devastating — physically, emotionally, and financially — but you don’t have to go through it alone.

You may have a case for compensation, and as northern Virginia’s experienced motorcycle injury lawyers, we’re here to help you every step of the way.

I was in a traffic accident when a car turned left in front of me while I was riding my motorcycle. Who is at fault?

Under most circumstances, the car making a left turn will be considered at fault for a collision with a vehicle traveling straight in the other direction. There are, however, a few exceptions: If the vehicle going straight exceeded the speed limit, or ran a red light.

What should I do if I am involved in an accident on my motorcycle?

Call the motorcycle injury attorneys at Parrish Law Firm. Of course, it may not be possible to do so from the scene of the accident, and so heed this advice: Doing your due diligence will ensure that your rights are protected. Do not admit any fault. Do not sign anything. Do take photos of any injuries to your person, and of damage to your motorcycle. Keep copies of medical records, bills, and any related expenses.

Will my health insurance coverage or paid sick leave from work limit my recovery for my motorcycle accident?

The short answer? No. Any settlement or personal injury award you will be due is not impacted — positively or negatively — by whether your medical care was paid out of pocket or covered by health insurance; nor whether your lost time at work was covered by sick leave or vacation pay. Your health insurance provider may require that you reimburse some, or all of what it paid to treat your injuries, however.

I ride a motorcycle recreationally, usually only on weekends. Do I have to wear a helmet?

The Commonwealth of Virginia requires that all motorcycles riders wear helmets, regardless of age, no matter how often you ride. So yes, you have to wear a helmet. They decrease your chances of death in the event of a motorcycle accident by 37 percent, and even more so, your risk of traumatic brain injury by 67 percent.

I was injured in a motorcycle accident, but I wasn’t wearing a helmet. Can I still recover damages from the other driver?

Even though Virginia is a state with a mandatory helmet law, your failure to comply will likely not prevent you from recovering damages in a motorcycle injury case. But that’s not to say that the issue won’t relevant to the amount of damages you will recover, if it is shown that your failure to wear a helmet contributed to your injuries.

If I get into an accident on my motorcycle, should I get a lawyer to help me?

Yes! If you are involved in a motorcycle accident in northern Virginia, you should definitely enlist the help of the experienced motorcycle injury lawyers at Parrish Law Firm.

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