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Motorcycle Accident Attorneys in Richmond, VA
Motorcycles provide a sense of freedom that car and truck drivers cannot grasp, even with their windows down. They allow their drivers to be present in nature and feel the sun on their back while going for a ride.
You can find more motorcycles on U.S. roads today than ever before. During the most recent 10-year span, the number of registered motorcycles in our country rose by 962,278, or an increase of 12 percent, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Today, nearly 9 million registered motorcycles are on our roads.
Riding a motorcycle is a thrilling experience for adventure-seekers worldwide, but it is also quite dangerous. Motorcycle accident injuries are often much more severe than accidents involving standard motor vehicles—where all parties are secured with seat belts and protected by airbags, not to mention vehicle frames and doors.
In Richmond, motorcycle accidents are less common than crashes involving other modes of transportation, but they still happen. If you have been involved in a motorcycle wreck through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. With a free consultation, the accident lawyers with Cantor Grana Buckner Bucci will review your case and provide you with a list of your options moving forward.
How Common are Motorcycle Accidents in Richmond?
According to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, (DMV) there were 102 motorcyclists killed in fatal crashes in Virginia in 2021. Among the fatal crashes involving multiple vehicles, the most common cause was two-vehicle crashes, accounting for 47% of them. In every two-vehicle crash involving a motorcycle and a passenger vehicle that resulted in a fatality, the victim was a motorcyclist.
In a passenger vehicle, you have a variety of protections, from restraint systems and airbags to high-tech safety technology systems and vehicle construction. On a motorcycle, you have none of these.
Many car drivers think motorcyclists speed down roadways and end up causing accidents. The majority of all motorcycle accident cases in Virginia are not caused by speeding, distracted driving, or drunk driving. Many instances involve perfect weather conditions where the motorcyclist was driving on a straight road without any impairment. However, data published by the DMV indicates that of the thousands of motorcycle accidents in the Commonwealth every year, no one violation cause most motorcycle crashes. Unfortunately, many reported motorcycle accidents result in catastrophic injuries or the loss of life of the motorcyclist. Because motorcyclists have few protections when involved in a collision, their injuries may be especially severe; seeking legal advice from an experienced attorney could be your best decision.
What are the Motorcycle Laws in Richmond?
If you ride a motorcycle in Richmond, you must have a motorcycle designation on your license. There are a few other Virginia motorcycle laws that riders need to know before hitting the open road.
A helmet and protective gear can minimize injuries to a certain extent and mean the difference between life and death.
Virginia requires drivers and riders to wear helmets. Virginia also requires all motorcycle operators to wear a face shield and safety glasses or goggles unless the bike is equipped with safety glass or a windshield.
You should also wear protective clothing. While you might be careful, you can never predict what others on the road will do. As a result, you could be injured in a motorcycle accident you didn’t cause or could not avoid.
Virginia has severe distracted driving and drunk driving laws, which have helped curb the number of car accidents and motorcycle accidents throughout the state
What Are The Most Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents?
There are various causes of motorcycle accidents in Virginia, but the number one cause is human error. In most cases, negligent vehicle drivers are to blame.
Many ordinary passenger vehicle and truck drivers do not anticipate a motorcycle on the highway, and therefore do not adequately look for them in their rearview mirrors. Nevertheless, negligent motor vehicle drivers should be held accountable for the damage they cause, and injured riders are entitled to full and fair compensation.
Most motorcycle collisions can be caused when a negligent driver:
- Drives while distracted.
- Drivers under the influence.
- Drives aggressively.
- Fails to check their blind spot.
- Tailgates motorcyclists.
Some motorcycle accidents occur without the involvement of another motorist. You could crash your bike due to poorly maintained roads, large potholes, road debris, incorrectly marked roads or intersections, road construction, obstructed views, etc.
You could also be the victim of a product defect if some part of your bike fails due to manufacturing errors or a similar cause.
In all these potential scenarios, someone is likely at fault for your accident and the resulting injuries.
When the error of another party causes your motorcycle crash, you have the right to pursue compensation for your losses. Seeking legal advice from a personal injury lawyer with Cantor Grana Buckner Bucci could be your best chance of receiving full compensation.
What are Common Injuries in Motorcycle Accidents?
Unfortunately, many reported motorcycle accidents result in catastrophic injuries or the loss of life of the motorcyclist. From a traumatic brain injury to spinal injuries, a motorcycle crash victim can suffer devastating injuries. Anyone involved in an accident should seek medical attention immediately. Go to urgent care, the ER, or a qualified medical treatment professional for a full exam as soon as possible.
The types of injuries depend on the circumstances of the wreck, including:
- whether you were in an impact by yourself.
- with another vehicle.
- the size of the other vehicle.
- the speed at which you were both traveling.
Some of the most common injuries victims of motorcycle crashes may suffer when hit include:
- Traumatic brain injuries.
- Amputations of limbs.
- Back and spinal cord injuries often result in paralysis.
- Broken bones, particularly in the feet and legs.
- Facial fractures and disfigurement.
- Burns or road rash, which could be minor or so severe that it removes all layers of skin.