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Motorcycle Accidents Are More Likely to Occur at Night

I pride myself in helping clients through their toughest times.- Bill O’Mara

Attorney at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers

Motorcycle Accidents Are More Likely to Occur at Night

Motorcycle accidents are more likely to occur during the evenings or at night time. Statistics show you are most likely to be injured on the roads from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Also, more of the motorcycle accidents that end in death occur after sundown.  Another scary number is that 80 percent of the time when there is a motorcycle accident, there is some level of injury or a fatality. Motorcyclists are many more times more likely to be killed than car drivers in a crash.

It's very common in motorcycle accidents that for the car driver who causes the wreck with the motorcycle to claims that the motorcyclist was doing something wrong like speeding.  The average juror may also have prejudices against riders thinking that they are somehow more risk taking than other people in automobiles.

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Obviously, this is a gross generalization.  However, it's important to realize that some jurors are susceptible to these arguments and to be ready to rebut them.

The best way to make sure that you don't get hurt on your motorcycle is to obey the speed limit and to make sure to have proper protective gear.  There is always a risk that another motorist on the highway will just fail to see the motorcycle right there obviously on the road even when the motorcyclist has done everything right and is obeying the speed limit and has proper illumination at night.

Because a lot of accidents happen at night it's not unusual for us to get a call about a motorcycle wreck to our firm Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers after regular business hours.

For that reason, we have a system for our lawyers to be ready to respond even well after normal business hours to help a family work through the crisis that would occur if the family's husband, father, mother or brother gets hurt in a motorcycle accident.

In fact, we are technically available 24 hours a day seven days a week.  Unlike some other firms, we try to get you on the phone if there's been a serious injury with an actual attorney as soon as possible.  Hopefully, you don't have the experience of someone getting hurt on their motorcycle at night but the chances are that if you do get hurt on your motorcycle that's the time that it will occur.

If you have been hurt in a wreck, please contact our Virginia motorcycle injury team. Please be safe and hopefully, the car drivers and truck drivers will share the road with you on your motorcycle safely.

John Cooper

 

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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 Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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