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Motorcycle Safety
Motorcycle Safety

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Attorney at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers

Motorcycle Safety

Virginia Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

The state of Virginia requires all motorcyclists to wear helmets to help prevent brain injury and death in motorcycle accidents. Data collected by the Insurance Information Institute has found that helmets save thousands of lives every year and prevent numerous other head injuries.

Keeping Safe on the Open Road

In addition to helmets, there is other safety equipment you can use to minimize your risk of serious personal injury in a motorcycle accident. The common adage is “dress for the fall, not the ride,” meaning that bikers should always wear safety gear, including:

  • Leather chaps or pants
  • Protective gloves
  • Full face shields
  • Leather jackets
  • Motorcycle boots

These things can all be incredibly effective at providing additional protection against injury in an accident. Road burn is a frightening problem for uncovered body parts that are dragged to the pavement in a motorcycle accident.

Motorcycle Safety Tips

Protective gear is great, but there are a few other tips you should keep in mind to prevent yourself from getting involved in an accident at all, such as:

  • Steer differently at different speeds
  • Use brakes for slowing down, not for a sudden stop
  • Keep your bike maintained in good condition
  • Be aware of road hazards
  • Avoid riding in poor weather conditions

Taking these steps can help you avoid causing an accident. However, most motorcycle accidents are caused by the drivers of other vehicles. This means that no matter how protected you are or how safely you drive, there is still no guarantee that you won’t become the victim of another driver’s negligence.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, please contact our experienced Virginia motorcycle accident attorneys today to schedule a free consultation with John Cooper or Jim Hurley. Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers has offices in Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Virginia. If your injuries have made travel difficult, our attorneys can come to you.

(Please be sure to schedule an appointment before visiting our Virginia Beach office.)

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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