Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Helping Riders in Virginia Beach and Norfolk, VA
Aggressive representation for your motorcycle accident case
Nothing is quite as liberating as feeling the wind at your back and sun on your face as you travel Virginia’s roads on a motorcycle. Unfortunately, that feeling of freedom can come at a high cost when you suffer an accident — and potentially life-threatening injuries. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident through no fault of your own, let the attorneys at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers stand up for you while you heal.
The risks of riding: other drivers
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are more than 100,000 motorcycle accidents nationwide every year. Because motorcycles lack the external covering and protection that cars and trucks have, riders are 39 times more likely to die in an accident than other motorists. They also stand a significantly higher chance of sustaining a serious personal injury.
At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, we help injured motorcyclists, moped riders, and scooter riders. According to the Virginia Highway Safety Office, 107 motorcyclists were killed in 2017. Of these, 102 were drivers and five were passengers. There were 1,796 injuries to motorcyclists. The figure represented a 48.6 percent increase in deaths compared to 2016 and a 10 percent increase in injuries. Virginia saw 2,119 motorcycle crashes in 2017, a 40 percent increase on 2016. The reasons for the big spike in motorcycle deaths is unclear. One theory is more older riders from the 'baby boomer' population are riding high powered bikes. When older riders are involved in motorcycle accidents they are less likely to survive their injuries.
The disproportionately deadly nature of motorcycle crashes is illustrated by the fact that motorcyclists were involved in 1.7 percent of all crashes in the Commonwealth in 2017, and 12. 7 percent of fatal crashes. In 2017, 8 moped riders were killed in crashes in Virginia and 363 were injured. Despite their best efforts at safety, motorcyclists are still at the mercy of other drivers on the road, many of whom do not afford motorcycles the same respect they afford to other vehicles. A wide range of factors can cause a motorcycle accident, but the NHTSA reports that the number one cause of motorcycle accidents is other drivers. Whether this is from failing to keep a proper lookout or ignoring a motorcyclist's right of way, drivers of other vehicles pose the largest threat to motorcyclists throughout Virginia. We see many serious injuries and deaths caused by drivers who are making a left turn and fail to notice a motorcyclist, causing a collision.
What you need to know when on your bike
For their safety, it’s important for bikers to know and follow the motorcycling laws in Virginia. Motorcyclists are required to wear helmets. The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles advises riders to wear safety gear including eye protection, gloves, jackets and trousers of a durable material and appropriate footwear. Motorcyclists are also required to have an M-class license. For more information on license requirements, visit the DMV website. Finally, it’s essential for bikers to keep their motorcycles well maintained to avoid potential problems on the road.
Common and catastrophic injuries
Motorcyclists’ injuries are among the most devastating in wrecks. Catastrophic injuries suffered by bikers involved in accidents include:
- Brain Injuries — Helmets are only about 67 percent effective in preventing brain injuries in motorcycle accidents.
- Spinal Cord Injuries — Any injury to the spinal cord is serious and has the potential to cause paralysis and result in loss of work and the need for lifelong care.
- Pulverized Bones — Crushing bone injuries may require a bone transplant.
- Road Rash – a serious skin burn or abrasion caused by scraping your legs along the road.
- Internal Damage — Injuries to organs and arteries may prove fatal.
- Amputations — Partial or total amputations can affect the quality of your life for the rest of your life.
All of these injuries carry potentially long-term and life-altering consequences. All of them deserve the attention of one of our Norfolk, Virginia motorcycle accident attorneys who will fight to ensure you are awarded the maximum compensation you are due. And in the tragic event that a loved one has been killed in a motorcycle accident, we represent family members in a wrongful death suit, to hold the responsible party accountable and recover damages for survivors.
Motorcyclists have rights to seek compensation for injuries
It is important that you know your rights as a motorcyclist in our state. Virginia follows the doctrine of contributory negligence, which holds that if you can be found partially responsible for your accident, you cannot recover compensation for your injuries. So it is our job to prove that the other driver was negligent, failed to use ordinary care to avoid the accident, and is therefore 100 percent responsible for the damages suffered. Motorcyclists are unfairly perceived to be less careful than car drivers, and insurance companies, unfortunately, exploit that bias in trying to minimize the settlement of your motorcycle accident case. We won’t let that happen.
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Contact a serious injury law firm when you've had a major motorcycle accident
If you have been seriously injured or if a loved one has been killed in a motorcycle accident, please contact our attorneys with Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers or call 757.455.0077 today to schedule a free case evaluation. Our main office is in Norfolk and we have client meeting locations in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Hampton, Newport News and on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. We represent people who have suffered accident injuries throughout Virginia, North Carolina and West Virginia. If your injuries make mobility difficult, we will come to you in your home or at a hospital.
"Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers went beyond and above. They helped me out every step of the way and made the process easy for me. I'm very glad that I chose Cooper Hurley after my serious accident. They are the best lawyers in Virginia."
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