In Virginia, you can recover compensation for injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident when another party’s negligence directly caused it. This includes situations where another driver’s reckless or careless actions caused the accident, as well as if road conditions or vehicle malfunctions played a role in the accident.

Founded in 1972, Tronfeld West & Durrett offers comprehensive legal support and takes care of every legal aspect of your case on your behalf. Our goal is to advocate for your rights to help you get financially restituted.

Suffered a Motorcycle Accident? Our Attorneys in Petersburg Can Explain Your Legal Options

In Virginia, eligibility for compensation following a motorcycle accident hinges on proving that another party’s negligence directly led to your injuries. To achieve this, our legal team in Petersburg employs a meticulous approach to building your case. Specifically, we take care of:

  • Conducting a comprehensive case evaluation to determine the best legal approach
  • Expertly negotiating with insurance companies to secure fair compensation
  • Providing robust litigation support, representing you in court if necessary
  • Investigating the accident thoroughly to gather supporting evidence
  • Identifying liable parties responsible for your injuries
  • Accurately calculating the damages you’re entitled to

Our attorneys have a deep understanding of the local regulations surrounding motorcycle accidents in Virginia. We can help you understand how the different personal injury laws and statutes apply to your case, and which will be the best course of action to take moving forward. Our goal, always, is to alleviate the stress of the legal process for you to focus on your recovery.

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We Will Investigate the Accident and Maximize Compensation

According to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, over 2,000 motorcycle accidents occur each year in the state. Additionally, there are over 400 motorcycle accidents annually in Petersburg alone. When these accidents occur due to someone else’s negligence, you need to understand your legal options to effectively pursue justice. If this is your case, our attorneys will consider the following options to recommend:

  1. Filing a personal injury claim: File a personal injury claim against the negligent party’s insurance company. The claim includes the compensation needed to cover medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages resulting from the accident.
  2. Negotiating a settlement: Many motorcycle accident cases are resolved through settlements with insurance companies, thus solving the matter out of court. A lawyer can be instrumental in preventing lowball offers or unfair claim denials during the negotiation process.
  3. Litigation: If it’s not possible to reach a satisfactory settlement, the case will probably proceed to court. Litigation involves presenting the case (and defending it with compelling arguments) before a judge or jury, who will determine the outcome and the compensation awarded.

The best legal route for your case will depend on various factors, including the severity of your injuries, the specific circumstances of the accident, and the insurance policies involved. Our lawyers will thoroughly investigate and evaluate your case to consider all these aspects. We can then guide you in choosing the most effective course of action to maximize your compensation as much as possible under Virginia’s law.

Common Injuries Sustained to Motorcycle Accident Cases

Motorcycle accidents can lead to diverse injuries, ranging from minor bruises to catastrophic injuries. Some of the types of injuries you may be able to sustain a personal injury claim include:

Types of Motorcycle Accidents We Assist With

We’ve handled a wide range of motorcycle accident cases over the years, securing compensation for many families who were struggling with medical bills and property damage. In our experience, most common types of accidents include:

  • Collisions with other vehicles, like truck accidents
  • Accidents due to road hazards
  • Hit-and-run incidents
  • Accidents involving drunk drivers
  • Accidents caused by distracted or reckless drivers
  • Single-vehicle accidents

Our case results demonstrate our ability to secure favorable outcomes for motorcycle accident victims. For example, we successfully achieved a $150,000 settlement in a case where the plaintiff was injured in a hit-and-run accident involving a drunken driver. We invite you to schedule an initial consultation to discuss case result amounts that you could expect.

How Common Are Motorcycle Accidents?

According to Forbes, 82,528 motorcyclists were injured in auto accidents in 2020, with 5,579 motorcycle accident fatalities. August is the deadliest month for motorcyclists, with 14% of all fatal motorcycle crashes occurring in this month. In contrast, January has the least amount of fatal motorcycle crashes. Motorcyclists are extremely vulnerable when hit by a vehicle because they have virtually no protection, other than a helmet. 

Even though only three percent of all registered vehicles are motorcycles, motorcyclists account for 14% of all traffic fatalities. Being involved in a motorcycle accident can be one of the most devastating occurrences in your life—physically, emotionally, and financially. Having a strong legal advocate by your side can make all the difference in your recovery—and can ensure that a huge insurance company does not take advantage of you during this difficult time.

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How is Compensation Calculated to Secure a Fair Settlement

Securing a fair settlement for a motorcycle accident case involves understanding and accurately calculating damages, which refer to the financial compensation you receive for losses incurred due to the accident.

To assess and calculate damages, our attorneys begin with a thorough assessment of medical expenses, encompassing both immediate treatment costs and anticipated future medical needs. We also calculate lost wages, factoring in any loss of earning capacity if the injury affects your long-term ability to work. Additionally, we evaluate property damage, including repair or replacement costs for your motorcycle.

Our approach here is comprehensive to ensure we consider the full financial and emotional impact of the accident. The goal is to secure a settlement that truly compensates for the full extent of your losses, providing you with the financial support necessary for your recovery and future well-being.

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What Is a Good Settlement for a Motorcycle Accident?

While settlements for motorcycle accidents vary significantly depending on the unique circumstances, the “average” motorcycle accident settlement across the United States is between $35,000 and $70,000. That being said, many motorcycle accident settlements are considerably higher—even as high as six to seven figures. Your specific motorcycle accident settlement will depend on the following:

  • The cause of your accident
  • Whether liability is clear in your accident
  • The severity of your injuries
  • Whether you will need ongoing medical care, and if so, for how long
  • Your employment history
  • How long you will be unable to work as a result of your motorcycle accident
  • Whether your injuries affect your daily activities
  • The level of chronic pain you suffer
  • Your education, age, and health at the time of the accident
  • How your pain and suffering affect relationships you have with your friends and family
  • Whether there is a loss of consortium
  • What courts or insurers have awarded for other similar accidents

Virginia is one of only four states that follow the pure contributory negligence rule. This means that if you are found to have any responsibility for your accident—even if you are only one percent at fault—you will be barred from any recovery. Your economic costs—actual concrete costs with a dollar figure attached, like medical expenses, lost wages, and lost future wages—will be totaled. 

Next, your non-economic damages like actual physical pain as well as emotional and mental pain will be added to the total. Since Virginia uses the pure contributory negligence rule, it is extremely important that you consult a highly experienced Petersburg motorcycle accident lawyer from Tronfeld West & Durrett as soon as possible after your accident. Not only will your attorney know how to accurately calculate what your case is worth, but we also have the negotiation and litigation skills necessary to secure the best settlement possible on your behalf. 

FAQs Related to Motorcycle Accident Cases

What factors may decrease my chances of getting a satisfactory settlement?

Factors such as lack of evidence, contributory negligence, or disputes over fault can impact settlement outcomes. However, our lawyers will carefully assess your case and develop a strategic plan to minimize any potential challenges.

How long does it typically take to reach a settlement for a motorcycle accident case?

The timeline varies depending on the complexity of the case, the extent of injuries, and the negotiation process. While some cases are resolved in a matter of months, if the case goes to trial it can take years.

Can I still pursue a settlement if I was partially at fault for the motorcycle accident?

Yes, but under Virginia’s contributory negligence laws, your compensation may be reduced depending on your degree of fault. An experienced attorney will explain how this law applies (or not) to your case.

Are there any time limitations for filing a motorcycle accident settlement claim?

Yes, Virginia has a statute of limitations for filing personal injury claims of two years for most of the cases, as outlined in the Virginia Code § 8.01-243. It’s important to act promptly and seek legal advice to ensure you don’t miss the opportunity to get financially restored.

Request an Initial Screening Call with a Lawyer in Petersburg to Discuss Your Motorcycle Accident Case

After a motorcycle accident, we can offer you the support you need during this challenging time. By scheduling an initial screening call with us, you open the door to a thorough discussion of your case, allowing our attorneys to understand your specific circumstances and advise on the best course of action. During this initial consultation, we’ll listen to your story, answer your questions, and begin formulating a plan to pursue the compensation you are entitled to under Virginia’s law.

Don’t let the aftermath of a motorcycle accident overwhelm you. Contact us to arrange a conversation about your case and take the first step towards justice.

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