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Motorcycle Accident Lawyers in Virginia

Motorcyclists are at a high risk of accidents based on the size and lack of protection the motorcycle gives to the rider. It is common for motorcyclists to be thrown from the motorcycle or be pinned under another motor vehicle. Motorcycle accidents are often severe and can have serious lifetime effects.

If you were involved in a motorcycle accident in Virginia, you may be able to recover damages for your injury. If you are considering a motorcycle personal injury claim, the Virginia motorcycle accident attorneys at Regan Zambri Long, PLLC are here to help. An experienced attorney can help you with your case and will give you direction and guidance on how long after the accident you can file your claim.

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Do I Need a Lawyer for My Virginia Motorcycle Accident Claim?

If you or a loved one has suffered a severe injury in a motorcycle wreck that you believe was caused by someone’s negligence or a faulty motorcycle part, you may be able to recover compensation. There are many costs associated with a motorcycle injury, ranging from loss of personal property, loss of wages, medical costs, and pain and suffering.

Virginia also happens to have some of the strictest compensation laws regarding personal injury in the nation. Many states allow the victim to be compensated even if they were partially at fault for the accident, but in Virginia, if it is determined that you had even a tiny percentage of fault for the accident, you will be barred from recovering anything.

Because of this, it is crucial to the success of a motorcycle accident claim to have a lawyer familiar with the laws of Virginia and with motorcycle accidents on your team. If you or a loved one has been in a motorcycle accident, you can call or message Regan Zambri Long today to set up a free consultation to discuss your injury and your claim.

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What Injuries Are Common in Motorcycle Accidents?

Motorcyclists are at a high risk of life-threatening and severe injuries. Some of the most common injuries in motorcycle accidents are:

  • Brain injuries. Brain injuries cause traumatic damage to the brain, which usually results in permanent injuries and can have fatal implications.
  • Back and spine injuries. Injuries to the brain and spine can cause permanent partial or full-body paralysis.
  • Broken bones. This often includes broken ribs, collarbone, arms, and legs.
  • Road rash or lacerations. These are types of soft tissue damage. Severe skin abrasions are caused by falling on and skidding across the pavement.
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What Are the Causes of Virginia Motorcycle Accidents?

The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 83,000 motorcyclists were injured across the United States in 2020 with 8.3 million registered motorcycles. The NHTSA reports that motorcycles are 29 times more likely to be involved in an accident than a vehicle. Motorcycles are smaller and less stable than cars, which can make them which creates a greater risk of accidents.

The latest data from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles reports that 1,682 people were injured and 102 people were killed in motorcycle crashes in 2021. In 36 percent of these motorcycle crashes, the motorcyclists were not at fault and took no improper action. Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents in Virginia are: Improper lane changing, avoiding other vehicles, avoiding pedestrians, failing to yield, following too closely, hit and runs, improper parking, improper passing or turning, and speeding.

Some of the other most common causes of accidents specific to motorcycles are:

  • Making left-hand turns. One of the greatest risks to motorcyclists is other vehicles making left-hand turns. Left-turning vehicles are usually responsible for these types of accidents because they are required to yield to oncoming traffic and often make mistakes.
  • Road hazards. Road hazards are also particularly dangerous to motorcycles because of their size and stability. Motorcycles are at high risk when the pavement is uneven or when there is gravel or grass on the roadway.
  • Lane splitting. Another risk to motorcycles is “lane-splitting,” which refers to when a motorcycle drives between lanes in slow-moving traffic. Some states legally allow this, but in Virginia, lane splitting is illegal.
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What Laws Apply to Motorcycles in Virginia?

Each state has its own motorcycle laws. Some of Virginia’s most important motorcycle laws are as follows:

Are Some Motorcycles More Dangerous Than Others?

Based on motorcycle accident data, certain motorcycles are more likely to be involved in accidents than others. Data shows that the higher the motorcycle engine capacity, the greater the risk of an accident. Motorcycle speed is determined by the cubic centimeters (cc) of the motorcycle engine, which is based on the volume of fuel and air the motorcycle receives during each rotation of the engine cycle. Motorcycle engines range from 50 cc to 2,000 cc, and data shows that motorcycles above 1,400 cc are more likely to be in accidents.

Additionally, there are five main types of motorcycle designs, which include the following:

Out of these types of motorcycles, sport motorcycles are the most likely to be the type involved in an accident. Sport motorcycles are fast, and the more speed the motorcycle has, the more likely that an accident will be severe.

What Should You Do After a Motorcycle Accident in Virginia?

Assuming you are able, after a motorcycle accident, you should try your best to do the following:

Why Should I Choose Regan Zambri Long as My Motorcycle Accident Lawyers?

Managing a motorcycle accident lawsuit is not easy, especially if you are recovering from severe injuries and trauma. Hiring an attorney will take the burden of proving your case off of your shoulders. Our team of lawyers will build your case and gather all the evidence necessary to win your claim and receive the compensation you are entitled to. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, one of our experienced motorcycle accident lawyers can help. We are confident that we can reach the settlement you deserve.

Our lawyers will take your case contingency fee basis, meaning that they are compensated for their services only after you win, and the amount owed is based on the amount you win at trial. Call or message Regan Zambri Long today for a free case evaluation.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Motorcycle Accidents in Virginia

How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After a Motorcycle Accident in Virginia?

Each state has its limitations on how long you have to file a personal injury claim, which is called a statute of limitations. In Virginia, you have two (2) years from the date of the accident to file your motorcycle accident claim. You should make it a top priority to work with an experienced lawyer who knows and understands these deadlines.

How Long Will My Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit Last?

The timeline of a motorcycle accident claim depends on the details of your accident, but personal injury cases can take years to resolve. The fastest lawsuits happen when the parties can settle before going to trial. Having a skilled lawyer increases the chances of reaching a quick settlement.

How Much Is My Motorcycle Accident Claim Worth?

Hopefully, your insurance company will reimburse you for the cost of the damage to your motorcycle and the cost of your injuries. However, if you cannot reach a fair settlement with your insurance company, you may be able to receive compensation for the damage to your motorcycle, medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering. There is no average settlement for motorcycle accident claims, but an experienced attorney can predict the amount of damages for your claim based on the details of your accident. Settlements can range from thousands to millions of dollars.

Regan Zambri Long has been assisting clients for over 40 years, and some of Regan’s motorcycle settlements include:

Call our experienced Virginia motorcycle accident lawyers to learn how we can help with your motorcycle injury claim. Our consultation is a free with no obligation case evaluation.

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