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$1.4 Million Settlement for Virginia Motorcyclist injured by a Loaner Car

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$1.4 Million Settlement for Virginia Motorcyclist injured by a Loaner Car

If you are injured by a loaner vehicle, you may have grounds to make a claim against the policy of the car company that owns the vehicle.

Recently, a case in which a motorcyclist was injured in Arlington, Virginia, resulted in a $1.45 million settlement after lawyers representing the rider were able to use the Lexus insurance policy.

A report in Virginia Lawyers Weekly stated the rider was traveling westbound on the inner lane of Columbia Pike in Arlington, VA.

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A car that was seeking to make a left turn crossed into the motorcyclist’s lane. The driver appeared to realize the error too late. The motorcyclist swerved to avoid the car, jumped over a small island and hit a guardrail, ejecting her from her bike.

Motorcyclists often suffer very severe injuries. This case was no exception. The rider suffered a traumatic brain injury which impacted her ability to do a high-level job.

She also suffered a fractured left ankle, fractures to both feet, a broken right wrist and a fractured patella. Her medical bills alone ran to $248,000.

The fact the culpable driver was behind the wheel of a loaner car meant Lexus’ policy was at issue. The case settled without the need for mediation with two insurers. No two cases are the same and no result is a predictor of a future settlement, but the rider was awarded $1.4 million.

Congratulations to the lawyers who represented this motorcyclist, Scott Perry , Mike Charnoff and Leslee Soudrette of Perry Charnoff PLLC in Arlington, Virginia.

If you found yourself in an accident with a loaner car, you might not realize you could claim against that carmakers’ policy. If you suffer serious injuries in a car, truck or motorcycle wreck, you should be wary of trying to settle the case with the insurance company yourself.

An experienced Virginia car collision lawyer can protect you from the insurance company strategies that are intended to lowball you and could leave you with insufficient money for your future medical needs. Motorcyclists are the most vulnerable of Virginia’s road users.  Last year 70 motorcyclists lost their lives in Virginia.

The scenario in which a motorcyclist hits a car after the driver fails to look making a turn, or crashes taking evasive action is all too common. If you have been injured in a car, truck, bus or motorcycle accident, please call our Virginia auto accident team at (757) 455-0077.


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John Cooper

John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley

Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’mara

Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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