Alexandria Law Firm Capably Litigates Motorcycle Accidents
Compassionate attorneys fight for full compensation
Although motorcycle accidents are no more common than car crashes in Virginia, when they do occur, they tend to result in very serious injuries or death for riders. Per mile traveled, there are approximately 35 times more deaths from motorcycle accidents than car crashes. The high rate of fatalities is largely attributable to the fact that motorcycles do not offer the mass and protection to a driver that a typical automobile offers.
Our personal injury lawyers work with victims of bike wrecks resulting from the following common issues:
Head-on collisions: These account for the majority of motorcycle accident deaths (56 percent). In most of these cases, a car strikes a motorcycle from the front. These types of accidents are often fatal for motorcycle riders and can give rise to a wrongful death claim.
Cars making left-hand turns: These are the second-most common type of motorcycle accident. Often, these occur when a car is making a left-hand turn and a motorcycle is going straight through an intersection, passing the car or attempting to overtake the car. Because motorcycles are so much smaller than cars, they are both difficult to see and are particularly vulnerable to cars in the event of a collision.
Motorcycle lane splitting: This is the act of driving between two lanes of stopped or slow-moving cars, often in traffic. Motorcyclists are particularly susceptible to an accident in these situations because of the close proximity to cars, the reduced space within which to maneuver, and the fact that drivers do not anticipate them and can suddenly block their path with a car door or other obstruction.
Speeding and alcohol use: Approximately half of all bike wrecks are a result of speeding and/or alcohol use. Although these factors can also play a role in car accidents, the lack of substantial protection to motorcyclists increases their risk for injury or death.
Road hazards: Motorcycles are vulnerable to many hazards that almost never cause auto accidents, such as potholes, dead animals, uneven pavement and slippery surfaces.
Motorcycle laws specific to Virginia
The commonwealth of Virginia draws a distinction between mopeds and motorcycles. The former does not require specific licensing or insurance, but mopeds cannot go above 35 MPH and they must stay off all highways. To operate a motorcycle, a rider must observe certain safety requirements, including wearing a Department of Transportation-approved helmet and protective eyewear. Further, riders must obtain a motorcycle license and have their vehicle titled, registered and insured.
Contact an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer in Alexandria
If you’ve been hurt in a motorcycle accident, the capable attorneys at Curcio Bergeron can help you get the compensation you deserve. Consultations are free and you pay no attorney fees until you recover through settlement or verdict. To schedule an appointment, call us at 703-666-8858 or contact our Alexandria office online.