Carter Craig, Attorneys at Law

Many motorcycle crashes are the result of other drivers' mistakes

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Getting on the open road with a motor vehicle poses some threats to your health and well-being. Even those in larger, enclosed vehicles understand that risk. When you ride a motorcycle, the potential for very serious, even fatal, injuries, exists.

Motorcycle drivers are much more likely to experience a fatal crash than those in enclosed vehicles. Motorcycle riders can also sustain very serious injuries, even if they are wearing protective gear and being careful. According to 2015 statistics, motorcycle crashes made up only 1.6 percent of annual VA crashes but 9.3 percent of traffic fatalities and 2.7 percent of injuries.

Wearing a helmet can help protect you from the worst possible injuries during a crash. Being aware of the road and driving safely can reduce your risk of causing a crash. Adding reflective materials to your riding gear or to your motorcycle can help make you more visible to other drivers.

Unfortunately, nothing you do can control the actions and decisions of other drivers on the road. Many times, crashes involving motorcycles come from mistakes by the driver of the larger vehicle. When that happens, the person on the motorcycle may sustain serious injuries while the other person walks away unharmed.

Many drivers don't think about sharing the road

Because you drive a motorcycle, you are probably very aware of smaller vehicles when you drive a car, SUV or truck. The average driver may fail to adequately check for smaller vehicles, like motorcycles, mopeds and bicycles when driving. This, in turn, can result in a serious crash. When a driver fails to look for another vehicle before merging, turning or otherwise interrupting the flow of traffic, it can result in injuries to the people on the smaller vehicle. A motorcycle driver can be thrown from the vehicle or into the line of oncoming traffic. The motorcycle could be totally demolished.

When another person causes such serious injuries to someone else, that person should be held responsible. While insurance may cover some of the expenses related to your accident, it may not cover them all. Medical expenses can quickly mount after a motorcycle accident, leaving you in a terrible financial situation. When that happens, you should speak with an experienced Virginia personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

An attorney can advocate for you after a crash

You shouldn't have to fight with insurance companies in order to receive the compensation you deserve after an accident. Your lawyer can negotiate on your behalf, allowing you to focus on recovery. If that doesn't get results, your attorney may help you file a civil lawsuit to recover your losses, including medical expenses, property damage and lost wages due to the accident.

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