The lure of the open road has drawn many people to the freedom motorcycles offer. You can find more motorcycles on U.S. roads today than ever before, as evidenced by steadily increasing motorcycle registrations. During the most recent 10-year span, the number of registered motorcycles in our country rose by 962,278, or an increase of 12 percent, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Today, nearly 9 million registered motorcycles are on our roads.
Fortunately, in Virginia, statistics indicate that the increase in motorcycle riders has not led to an increase in accidents, injuries in deaths. The Virginia Highway Safety Office reports that in one recent year:
However, due to the negligence of others, the fact remains that motorcycle riding can be a dangerous activity in our state.
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle wreck through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Contact our Richmond motorcycle accident lawyers today for a free, no-obligation, and confidential consultation or submit a case evaluation request online. In addition to our Richmond location, we have offices throughout Virginia, including Chesterfield, Harrisonburg, Hopewell, Petersburg, Charlottesville, Tappahannock, Louisa, Staunton and Fredericksburg.
As motorcycles provide virtually no protection, accidents involving motorcycles can result in serious injuries or even death for their riders. Most motorcycle collisions result in injuries for the rider. Common motorcycle injuries include:
Head injuries are among the leading causes of motorcycle accident fatalities, despite the fact that Virginia law requires all motorcycle operators and passengers to wear helmets. Virginia also requires all motorcycle operators to wear a face shield and safety glasses or goggles, unless the bike is equipped with safety glass or a windshield.
Research has revealed that the majority of crashes are not the fault of the motorcyclist, but of other motorists. The 2007 edition of Virginia Traffic Crash Facts states that in 40% of the accidents involving motorcycles, there was no violation on the part of the motorcyclist. Inclement weather is also not a major factor. In 97% of the reported motorcycle accidents, the weather was clear or cloudy. Common factors in motorcycle accidents include the following:
In a majority of accidents involving motorcycles, the driver of the other motor vehicle simply did not see the motorcycle. Nevertheless, negligent drivers should be held accountable for the damage they cause, and injured riders are entitled to full and fair compensation. If you have been hurt in a motorcycle accident caused by a negligent driver, you may be entitled to compensation for:
The firm of Marks & Harrison has represented dozens of motorcycle wreck victims. In one unusual case, we were able to obtain $120,000 for our client in compensation for a fractured knee after her motorcycle instructor startled her during a training class. The personal injury attorneys of Marks & Harrison have been representing injured people and their families in Richmond and throughout Virginia for almost 100 years. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, or if you have lost a loved one in an accident, contact us for a free, no-obligation, and confidential consultation. Our knowledgeable Virginia personal injury lawyer will analyze your case and advise you as to whether you are entitled to compensation. If we don’t think you need an attorney, we will tell you right away. Contact us today by calling toll free at 1-888-807-3136. Our phones are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can also get help online by filling out our free case evaluation form, or send us an email at email@example.com. Sources: