People who ride motorcycles are often exposed to situations that have a high probability of resulting in accidents that frequently cause serious injuries and even death.
If you have been hurt while riding a motorcycle, you may face debilitating injuries, physical pain, emotional distress, and face having financial hardships. You most likely will need an empathetic lawyer with the specific skills that will be necessary to defend your rights when, NOT IF, the insurance company pushes away from you.
Parrish Law Firm, PLLC, is led by victims’ rights lawyer, James Parrish. For the first several years of his career, Mr. Parrish (“Jim”) worked for, provided advice to and represented insurance companies in claims across the nation. However, after seeing the injustice of good people being deprived of fair and reasonable payment for life changing injuries and damage, Jim decided to use the skills and knowledge he learned from inside the insurance industry to champion the rights of victims of harm and wrongdoing.
Motorcycle accidents most commonly happen because of someone’s negligence. Motorcycles are more susceptible to accidents (than cars and trucks) as they are often not seen by other drivers due to the smaller size of a bike. Unfortunately the injuries a person receives most times in a motorcycle accident are serious, long-lasting and catastrophic.
There are many laws and legal principles, which are specific to motorcycle accidents. If you are hurt in a motorcycle accident it is a wise choice to contact a lawyer with experience in motorcycle accidents and dealing with Insurance companies. An experienced attorney will do all that is possible to ensure that no one, especially an insurance company, takes advantage of you.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
- The federal government estimated that per mile traveled in 2011, the number of deaths on motorcycles was over 30 times the number of death from accidents in cars.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS):
- Helmets are about 37 percent effective in preventing motorcycle deaths and about 67 percent effective in preventing brain injuries. Only 19 states and the District of Columbia mandate the helmet use by all riders.
- A total of 4,381 United States motorcyclists died in crashes in 2013.
- In 2013, the number of motorcycle deaths that involved a single car crash was: 1,832.
- In 2013, the number of motorcycle deaths that involved multiple vehicles was: 2,549.
Motorcycle Safety Tips
According to Consumer Reports the following tips can help new and returning riders stay safer.
- Don’t buy more bike than you can handle (i.e., one that is too big or powerful).
- Invest in antilock brakes.
- Hone your skills.
- Use your head. Yes, helmets!!! (FONT IS DIFFERENT for “Yes, helmets!!!”)
- Wear the right gear.
- Be defensive.
- Avoid bad weather.
- Watch for road hazards.
- Be ready to roll. Before each ride, do a quick walk-around to make sure your lights, horn, and directional signals are working properly. Check the chain, belt, or shaft and the brakes. Also, inspect the tires for wear and make sure they’re set at the proper pressure.
The Parrish Law Firm, PLLC Personal Injury – Motorcycle Accident Attorney works with Northern Virginia residents who have been injured because of another party’s negligence and are looking for fair compensation. Contact us today for a free case consultation or call us at 703-906-4229.
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