According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) there are over 100,000 motorcycle accidents every year. Because they lack any external covering or protection, motorcyclists are 39 times more likely to die in a motor vehicle accident than other motorists, and they also stand a significantly higher chance of sustaining a serious personal injury.
Despite their best efforts at motorcycle safety – such as the uses of helmets and other protective gear – motorcyclists are still at the mercy of other drivers on the road, may of whom do not afford motorcycles the same respect they afford to other vehicles.
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Some of the most common injuries suffered in motorcycle accidents include:
- Brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Pulverized bones
- Internal organ damage
All of these injuries will have long-term and life-altering consequences. All of them deserve the attention of one of our Norfolk, Virginia motorcycle accident attorneys who will fight to ensure you are awarded the maximum compensation you are due.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
A wide range of factors can cause a motorcycle accident, but the NHTSA reports that the number one cause of motorcycle accidents is other drivers. Whether this is from failing to keep a proper lookout, or ignoring a biker’s right of way, drivers of other vehicles pose the largest threat to bikers throughout Virginia.
It is important that you know your rights as a motorcyclist in our state. Contributory negligence holds that even if you can be found partially responsible for your accident, you can be denied the right to seek compensation for your injuries. Insurance companies will exploit the unfair bias against bikers to try and minimize your settlement. This is simply unacceptable.
Virginia Beach motorcycle accident lawyers Jim Hurley and John Cooper strongly believe in protecting the right of motorcyclists who have been seriously injured in an accident. We will do everything necessary to prove the other party’s negligence and help you secure the full amount of compensation you deserve.
If you have been seriously injured, or if your loved one has been killed in a motorcycle accident in Virginia, please contact us today to schedule a free case evaluation with John Cooper or Jim Hurley.
The Cooper Hurley Law Firm has offices in Norfolk and Virginia Beach, representing injured victims throughout Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Newport News, and the Hampton Roads area. If your injuries make mobility difficult, we will come to you. Many times, we have to visit our new motorcycle accident clients after they have undergone surgery in the hospital.
(Please be sure to schedule an appointment before visiting our Virginia Beach office.)
The Virginia Beach personal injury law firm, Cooper Hurley, handles car, truck, and motorcycle injuries as well as brain injury, wrongful death, railroad workers’ injuries (FELA) mesothelioma and medical malpractice cases.
John Cooper grew up and was educated in Virginia Beach and handles many cases from the city. John Cooper and his partner Jim Hurley have more than 40 years of combined experience in handling personal injury claims.
John Cooper has been named to Virginia “Super Lawyers” since 2010 and has been a member since 2011 of the Multimillion dollar Advocates Roundtable. Cooper Hurley represents people hurt in accidents in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News and throughout Virginia as well as in north eastern North Carolina. We always put the best interests of our clients first. The firm is recognized by other lawyers as “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell, a national attorney rating service, for our top level of legal skill and highest ethical standards. If you need help or advice about a serious injury, please call us at (757) 309-4711 or make an appointment to visit our Virginia Beach office at 4445 Corporation Lane, Suite #187, Virginia Beach, VA, 23462. For a free consultation with a specialized Virginia Beach, VA personal injury lawyer contact us through this website