If someone else’s negligence caused you a motorcycle accident in Norfolk, you can pursue compensation under Virginia’s law. In this scenario, our lawyers can help you navigate this difficult time with confidence.

With 50+ years of experience in personal injury law in Virginia, our attorneys at Tronfeld West & Durrett combine a large practice’s knowledge and resources with personalized attention. Whether it’s negotiating with insurance companies or representing your interests in court, we’re equipped to tackle even the most challenging motorcycle accident claims.

Suffered a Motorcycle Accident in Norfolk? Our Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Can Help You Recover

If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident in Norfolk, you’re entitled to compensation if another party’s negligence caused the accident. We can help you recover the damages needed to manage medical expenses, lost wages, and other related costs. Specifically, we can help you with:

  1. Case evaluation: We begin with a free consultation to understand the specifics of your accident and assess the strength of your claim.
  2. Investigation and evidence gathering: We collect all necessary evidence to strengthen your claim, such as accident reports, witness statements, and medical records.
  3. Dealing with insurance companies: Our lawyers handle all communications with insurers to ensure you receive fair compensation without lowball offers.
  4. Legal representation: If your case goes to court, you can count on our seasoned litigators to defend your interests and argue on your behalf.

We’ll help you navigate Virginia’s legal system, building a strong case to ensure you recover the compensation you’re entitled to. To do this, our personal injury lawyers in Norfolk will work closely with you to understand the details of your case and develop a strategy to achieve the best possible outcome.

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Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents We Handle at Our Office

Every year, as reported by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, Norfolk witnesses nearly 100 motorcycle crashes, most of which result in injuries or fatalities. Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents include:

  • Left turn accidents
  • Head-on collisions
  • Lane splitting
  • Speeding and reckless driving
  • Alcohol and drug use
  • Poor road conditions
  • Distracted driving
  • Sudden stops
  • Inexperienced riders or drivers
  • Opening car doors

Understanding the specific causes of motorcycle accidents is crucial for building a strong legal case, determining liability, and ensuring victims receive the compensation they deserve. 

By identifying an accident’s root cause, we can pinpoint who is at fault. This could be another driver, a company responsible for road maintenance, or a manufacturer of defective motorcycle parts. Knowing the cause helps us target our investigation effectively, gather the right evidence, and advocate for our clients against the correct parties.

What Should You Do If You Are a Victim of a Motorcycle Accident?

After a motorcycle accident, taking the right steps immediately afterward can significantly impact your ability to recover damages. To protect your rights and improve your chances of a successful claim, make sure to take the following steps:

  1. Seek immediate medical attention, even if you don’t believe you’ve sustained serious injuries. Keep a copy of all your medical records.
  2. Report the accident promptly to the police, and keep a copy of the official report.
  3. Gather as much evidence as possible, including photos of the accident scene, your injuries, and any damage to your motorcycle or other vehicles involved.
  4. Obtain witnesses’ contact information, as their accounts of the accident may later support your claim.
  5. Refrain from making any statements to the insurance companies or other parties involved until you’ve consulted with a lawyer.
  6. Contact a personal injury lawyer, such as those at Tronfeld West & Durrett, to discuss your case and explore your legal options.

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Determining Liability and Pursuing Compensation

Establishing liability after a motorcycle accident determines who is legally responsible for causing harm to the plaintiff. In other words, without establishing liability, it’s not possible to pursue compensation for the injuries and losses you suffered.

Under Virginia’s law, these are the elements to prove negligence:

  1. Duty of care – The defendant had a legal duty to act a certain way toward the plaintiff. For example, all drivers must follow traffic laws and drive responsibly to avoid harming others.
  2. Breach of duty – The defendant failed to fulfill their duty of care. An example would be a car driver running a red light or speeding, thus breaching the duty to follow traffic laws and operate their vehicle safely.
  3. Causation – The defendant’s breach of duty directly caused the plaintiff’s injuries. In the context of a motorcycle accident, if a car abruptly changes lanes without signaling and collides with a motorcyclist, the action of changing lanes without proper signaling would be the direct cause of any injuries sustained by the motorcyclist.
  4. Damages – The plaintiff suffered actual damages (physical, financial, emotional, etc.) due to the defendant’s actions.

To prove these elements, our lawyers will thoroughly investigate the accident, gather evidence, and work to determine the negligent party or parties responsible for your injuries and damages. However, timely action is important: according to the statute of limitations outlined in the Virginia Code § 8.01-243, personal injury claims must be filed within two years of the accident.

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What a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help You Recover

After a motorcycle accident, we can help you recover compensation not just for immediate losses but also for long-term needs, including:

Medical Expenses

We aim to recover all medical costs associated with your accident, including hospital stays, surgeries, rehabilitation, and ongoing care.

Lost Wages

If your injuries prevent you from working, we pursue compensation for lost wages. Additionally, if your ability to earn a living is compromised over the long term, we also seek damages for loss of earning capacity.

Pain and Suffering

In addition to economic damages, we’ll also pursue compensation for the physical and emotional pain and suffering you’ve endured as a result of the accident.

Property Damage

We also ensure you’re compensated for damages to your motorcycle and gear. This includes repair or replacement costs, depending on the extent of the damage.

Injuries Commonly Sustained in Motorcycle Accident Claims

Motorcycle accidents can result in a range of injuries that go from minor scrapes and bruises to catastrophic injuries that have lasting impacts on an individual’s life. Some of the most common injuries we’ve seen in motorcycle accident claims include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Road rash and severe lacerations
  • Internal organ damage
  • Amputations
  • Paralysis

Connect with Our Motorcycle Accident Lawyers for the Best Possible Compensation in Norfolk

Without expert legal assistance, handling all the legal procedures after a motorcycle accident can be immensely challenging. To help you get started in pursuing legal action, at Tronfeld West & Durrett we provide a free consultation to review your case and help you understand your legal options.

If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident in Norfolk, don’t hesitate to contact us today and learn how we can help you maximize the compensation you can get for your case.

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