Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Fairfax County, VA
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Motorcyclists lack the protections that automobile travel offers. It does not take much speed or collision impact to do as much damage to a motorcycle rider. Motorcycle crashes killed 65 drivers and 5 passengers in Virginia in 2015, according to a government traffic report. In 2015, there were 2,061 crashes and 1,776 riders injured.
Jim Parrish of the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC is a motorcycle accident lawyer in Fairfax County dedicated to helping motorcyclists recover compensation for their injuries. Call 571-229-1800 to discuss your case and for help pursuing the money damages you need to pay for medical bills, lost wages, and other financial, physical, and emotional effects of your injury.
Pursue Full Compensation for Your Motorcycle Accident Injuries & Damages
As a rule of thumb, never settle your motorcycle accident case without a) knowing the long-term prognosis of your injuries and b) speaking with a lawyer. Settling too early prevents you from reopening the claim later if you encounter additional damages (e.g., new surgeries, longer recovery time, etc.). And failing to speak with a lawyer might leave you overlooking significant compensation you did not know you could recover.
A full and fair claim often includes compensation for damages including:
- Medical bills (past and future)
- Lost income and reduced future earning capacity
- Motorcycle damage and repairs
- “Pain and suffering” and inconvenience
- Punitive damages (if the at-fault party was grossly negligent)
The Parrish Law Firm, PLLC might work with medical or occupational experts to evaluate your prognosis, ability to perform work duties, and
Causes & Contributing Factors Are Essential to Proving Liability
Motorcycle injuries come from left-turn crashes, sideswipe accidents, rear-end collisions, “dooring” accidents, and more. Distracted or intoxicated drivers are responsible for some of these. Speeding or road rage by negligent passenger vehicle drivers contribute to accidents as well. It is also possible that a manufacturing defect or defective road condition contributed to the injury.
Many variables may contribute to a motorcycle accident. The Parrish Law Firm, PLLC understands these variables and how to establish fault and liability. We may rely on evidence such as the following to prove what caused or contributed to the accident, and thus who is liable for your damages:
- Eyewitness statements
- Expert testimony
- Accident reconstruction
- Photographs and video surveillance
- Police and accident reports
Virginia’s Strict Negligence Laws Present Obstacles for Injured Motorcyclists
Most U.S. States have some form of a “comparative negligence” law. This means that if you contributed to the accident, you may still get compensation from the other driver. But Virginia is one of only four states that enforces a “contributory negligence” law.
Contributory negligence means that if you contributed to the accident in any way, you may be unable to recover compensation from the other driver.
Thus, the determination of fault creates a critical situation for accident victims facing mounting expenses and the prospect of spending weeks, months, or even years recovering from their injuries. And Virginia’s contributory negligence law presents unique obstacles for motorcyclists who often find themselves stereotyped as reckless and careless.
Other drivers and even the insurance company may unfairly assume the motorcyclist was speeding or otherwise driving recklessly. If you were in a motorcycle accident, do not agree to give the insurance company a statement until you speak with a lawyer at the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC. Insurance adjusters may misconstrue your words and use them to reduce your settlement or deny your claim altogether.
Remember, if the insurance company finds you are just one percent at fault, it can refuse to settle your claim. But we can still pursue a lawsuit to show it was only the other driver’s fault and make the insurance company adequately compensate you for your damages.
The Parrish Law Firm, PLLC Can Help You Get Compensation for Your Injuries
Motorcycle crashes can be life altering, even deadly. While the fortunate escape with cuts and bruises, motorcycle injuries typically change the life of riders and their loved ones in an instant. Sometimes forever.
If you or a loved one suffered motorcycle-related injuries, set up a consultation with an award-winning personal injury attorney who is familiar with insurance company tactics.
Parrish Law Firm helps clients with the following:
- Fully investigating every aspect of the accident to determine what really happened
- Obtaining statements from eyewitnesses
- Contacting each party who might be responsible for the accident
- Handling all questions from and correspondence with the insurance company
- Resolving claims and filing lawsuits within the statute of limitations
- Negotiating with claims adjusters
- Consulting forensic experts such as economists, physicians, accident reconstructionists, etc.
- Calculating future losses
- Pursuing all available insurance coverage and legal options to pay for damages
- Responding to information required by the court
- Trial preparation (if the case cannot settle with the insurer or out of court)
- Leaving no stone unturned when it comes to proving the cause and extent of injuries
Hiring the right attorney for your case is a serious decision. If you are looking for a motorcycle accident lawyer in Fairfax County, VA, read what our clients have said about their experiences with us.