It is difficult to state what the most definitive common cause of motorcycle accidents is, as every state, city, and region likely has different contributing factors. These factors might include:
- Inclement weather patterns
- Unkempt roads
- Dangerous turns or inclines
- Stretches of road with no visible speed limit
When another driver fails to share the road with a motorcycle, the results can include serious injuries—or possibly death—for the motorcyclist. If you suffered serious injuries due to a reckless driver, a lawyer could help.
Driver Behaviors That Can Contribute to Motorcycle Accidents
There are multiple types of behaviors that can cause you to lose control of your motorcycle (or another driver to collide with your bike). These include:
- Distracted driving: Distracted driving can include visual, manual, or cognitive distractions, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- Drunk driving: Drunk driving remains a serious problem despite numerous stricter laws and public safety campaigns.
- Aggressive driving: A driver may tailgate, drive faster than the speed limit, or act in another way due to road rage.
- Failing to drive “smart”: Some drivers simply fail to take a few extra minutes that could save a life. Many drivers fail to adjust their mirrors or use proper judgement around motorcycles.
Motorcyclists have the same rights to Virginia roadways as other drivers. If you were seriously injured in a tragic crash that was not your fault, a lawyer can help you. By carefully reviewing the details of your accident, they can help you explore your options.
You May Be Able to File a Wrongful Death Action
If you lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident caused by a negligent driver, take action. While possible compensation cannot replace your loved one, it can help with lingering and future expenses.
Virginia law involving wrongful death is very specific as to who may file a lawsuit. A personal representative of the estate is a requirement. Due to the complexity of the state law, you may want to consider retaining legal representation.
The wrongful death statute of limitations in Virginia is two years, under Virginia Code § 8.01-244. Do not miss your chance to hold the dangerous driver who crashed into your loved one accountable.
Contact Parrish Law Firm, PLLC Now for More Information
The freedom of the open road that makes riding a motorcycle enjoyable is the same thing that places you at risk for serious harm. The lack of protection can cause serious injuries or result in death.
An insurance company may try to settle your case soon after the accident. The amount they offer may seem like a large sum to you and your family. The reality is that it most likely is not enough to cover your future medical needs.
Attorney Jim Parrish knows how the insurance industry works because he used to work in it. As former legal counsel for insurance companies, he has the knowledge necessary in handling tough negotiations.
At Parrish Law Firm, PLLC, we work hard to secure a fair settlement out of court. If necessary, we are ready to go to trial. We take a firm stand with insurance companies and a compassionate approach with our clients.
If a negligent driver caused you to lose control of your motorcycle, you have legal options. Discussing your case with a personal injury lawyer from our team can put your mind at ease. Let our team handle the details of your case so that you can concentrate on your injuries and recovery.
We are prepared to:
- File all paperwork
- Negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf
- Answer all of your questions
- Update you on your case until it reaches a conclusion
- Represent you in court, if necessary
- Collect and analyze evidence to support your testimony
Parrish Law Firm, PLLC offers a free consultation. Do not miss your opportunity to pursue justice for your injuries or the loss of your loved one. All drivers have a responsibility to share the road with motorcycles. Contact Parrish Law Firm, PLLC without delay. The sooner we review your case, the sooner we can get to work for you. Call us today for your free consultation at (571) 229-1800.