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Motorcycle Accidents: An Overview

With countless open roads throughout the state of Virginia, motorcycle drivers find themselves out and about. What starts as a fun pastime activity can, unfortunately, turn dark in the blink of an eye. If you have been involved in an accident, Bowen Ten Long & Bal, PC, can help. With over 125 years of combined experience, we handle our clients with the care and attention they deserve. Let us help you quickly and efficiently resolve your personal injury claim.

Common Causes Of Accidents And How We Can Help

Logically, it makes sense that when a motorcycle and a car collide, the motorcycle driver will suffer more. That being said, it doesn’t make it any easier for those involved. While it is important to take precautions, wear a helmet and obey traffic signs, there is only so much one can do. If another vehicle acts carelessly and causes a crash, they can be held responsible for your injuries. Our team works together to build the strongest possible case. In doing so, we aim to recover the maximum amount of compensation.

Our firm is comprised of numerous attorneys, which means we have different perspectives when handling motor vehicle collision claims. By discussing potential solutions, we can decide which one works best for you. Over the years, we have handled cases of all shapes and sizes, even accidents involving fatal injuries, all across Virginia. For example, some of the most common causes of accidents include poor visual recognition, serious road hazards and issues with tire alignment. Regardless of what happened, we strive to give you the representation you deserve.

Answering Frequently Asked Questions About Motorcycle Collisions

It is vital for injured motorcyclists to have the guidance they need to make informed decisions. We are here to answer your questions and help you understand your options.

Can I file a motorcycle accident lawsuit if I was not wearing a helmet?

Wearing a helmet can offer important protection for your head and face, and Virginia law requires motorcycle drivers and passengers alike to wear this protective equipment. This can lead many people to wonder whether they can still file a claim if an accident occurred while they were not wearing a helmet.

However, not wearing a helmet does not exclude you from filing a legal claim after an accident. While these claims can be complex, injured motorcyclists can still receive compensation for accidents that occurred while they were not wearing helmets can. In addition, failing to wear this protective equipment does not automatically make a motorcyclist at fault for an accident or their injuries.

What happens if a motorcycle accident was caused by poor road conditions?

While many accidents are the result of a driver’s actions, unsafe road conditions can also contribute to a crash. Ruts, debris, obstacles, rough or uneven pavement, issues with street lights or traffic lights, damaged guardrails and other hazards could all cause accidents.

If unsafe road conditions led to your injuries, it is important to identify which party was responsible for that hazard. For example, a state or municipal government’s failure to maintain a roadway could make that government responsible for a crash that occurred as a result.

How long do I have to file a motorcycle accident claim?

Virginia law generally requires you to file a lawsuit within two years of the accident. Collecting evidence, filing a complaint and doing all the steps needed for a successful lawsuit is time-consuming and difficult to get right. This is especially so when you are busy with medical appointments and healing.

You need to concentrate on your recovery and getting back to your normal life. This is why it is important to reach out to an attorney soon after an accident. Not only can they help you keep track of necessary deadlines, but they can also prepare your claim and negotiate with the insurance company while you heal.

To Schedule A Consultation, Call Today

After a motorcycle crash, the first thing you should do is go to the doctor. Your next call should be to contact Bowen Ten Long & Bal, PC. During this stressful period, put your trust in a firm that cares about its clients. If you are suffering from an injury caused by someone else, don’t wait to get help. Call our office in Richmond at 804-767-6850 today. You can also email us. We help motorcycle accident victims across the state. Don’t worry about where you are located. We can meet with you remotely.