Motorcycle Accidents

In 2008 there were 79 motorcycle riders killed, 2,204 motorcycle riders injured and 2,638 motorcycle crashes in the state of Virginia.  Motorcyclists are about 26 times more likely to die in an accident than motor vehicle occupants and approximately 5 times more likely to get injured.  These are sobering statistics.

The majority of motorcycle accidents involve a collision with another vehicle.  However, approximately 1/4th of motorcylce accidents are single vehicle accidents involving a collision with a roadway object or some other fixed object in the environment.  Rider error is often the precipitating factor in the single vehicle crashes with the most common error being a slide and fall due to over braking or wide turning at excessive speeds.  By contrast, approximately 2/3rd of motorcycle accidents involving other motor vehicles are caused by the motor vehicle operator violating the motorcycle’s right of way.  Approximately 70% of motorcycle accidents occur at intersections which is usually attributed to issues with visual recognition and motorcycles’ smaller size as well as the increase in activity that drivers must keep up with at intersections.  Frequently a driver either does not see the motorcycle or sees it when it is already too late to avoid a collision.

Clearly the most common cause of motorcycle accidents is the failure of motor vehicle operators to see and detect motorcycles in traffic.  This may be the result of inattention, hasty lane changes, excessive speed, simple failure to see the motorcycle, or other forms of negligent driving.  Sometimes it is simply innocent error.  Regardless of the cause of the accident often serious injuries result which can lead to medical bills, lost wages, and other economic as well as physical and emotional losses.  In order to ensure that your rights are protected and your needs met subsequent to a motorcycle crash you will require experienced legal representation.

One of our attorneys has been an avid motorcycle enthusiast and rider for years.  Moreover, our firm has experienced and knowledgeable attorneys who can protect your rights and fight for just compensation if you have been injured in a motorcycle accident.

Call us now at (434) 821-5022 for a FREE CONSULTATION  if you have recently been in a motorcycle accident.