West Virginia Motorcycle Accident Attorney
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Riding motorcycles can be a fun way to travel, but it can be dangerous even when wearing protective gear. A driver who is not paying attention, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or not looking when turning a corner can cause serious personal injury to a motorcycle rider. It is easy for a person on a motorcycle to not be seen by a driver of a car or truck, especially if they are distracted.
At Fitzsimmons Law Firm PLLC, our West Virginia motorcycle accident attorneys proudly represent injured riders. Backed by more than 40 years of legal experience and more than $1 billion recovered in verdicts and settlements, we can provide the powerful advocacy you need to maximize your potential recovery.
Dial (888) 492-4303 to discuss your motorcycle accident case with our skilled lawyers.
Possible Compensation for Motorcycle Accidents
As motorcyclists have little protection while driving, they can sustain severe injuries from an accident, even life-threatening damage. Brain injury, broken bones, paralysis, and nerve damage are all possible circumstances related to motorcycle accidents. For these severe injuries, there are a number of ancillary factors involved in them for which you can receive compensation.
You may be able to receive financial compensation for your:
- lost wages
- medical expenses
- emotional distress
- and pain and suffering
By contacting our firm, you can discuss your legal options and determine the best steps to take in pursuing compensation. From there, our experience and power in the courtroom will work for you.
What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident?
If you are involved in a motorcycle accident in West Virginia, your actions in the immediate aftermath are critical as they can have a considerable effect on both your health and your ability to recover compensation. While you may be feeling shaken up, be sure to follow these steps.
Immediately call the police
The police will help you to control the accident scene, create a written report of the collision, and inform you of your immediate next steps. Likewise, you are required under West Virginia law to call the police if anyone was injured. Tell them your honest account of what happened, but do not admit fault in any way. Stick to the facts and avoid speculation.
Call for medical help if necessary
If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident, it’s highly likely emergency response teams will show up at the scene of the accident and you will be transported to the nearest emergency room for treatment. If you are lucky enough to be able to "walk away" from the collision and not require emergency care at the scene, you still need to prioritize your health and seek medical care as soon as possible.
There is a chance the adrenaline rush of the crash may be preventing you from feeling pain, causing certain injuries to go unnoticed for hours or even days after. This will also help to establish a record of your medical treatments that can be crucial to your personal injury claim.
The responding officer will gather information from the involved drivers and witnesses when they arrive at the accident scene, but it is important you gather this information as well in case they make a mistake or forget someone.
While waiting for the police to arrive, use this time to get the:
- Phone information
of all drivers, passengers, and witnesses. Be sure to also get insurance information and license plate numbers of any involved vehicles. Do not discuss the accident at this time.
If you can, take photos or videos of the accident scene.
- The damage to your motorcycle
- The other involved vehicles
- Any hazards that may have caused the collision
- Weather conditions
- Tire tracks
and any other details that help show what happened. Get photos of your injuries as well.
Tell your insurance company
Most insurance policies require motorcyclists to report their involvement in a crash within a few days to be eligible for coverage. Give them enough information to open a claim, but do not discuss the crash or make any statements until you have a chance to speak with an attorney.
What Causes Motorcycle Accidents?
Motorcycle accidents happen for a number of reasons. It doesn’t help that while riding one, you can be more difficult for other drivers to see. It’s a good practice to keep your head on a swivel and watch out for the following things that can cause motorcycle accidents:
- Cars making unsafe lane changes
- Trying to lane split, which is illegal in West Virginia
- Vehicles in front or behind you making sudden stops
- Dangerous roads, either because of the weather or just poor road conditions
- Inattentive drivers around you
- You or other drivers being under the influence
What Injuries Can You Get from a Motorcycle Accident?
If you’re in a motorcycle accident, it’s very likely you could be injured. While you are required to wear a DOT certified helmet in West Virginia while riding a motorcycle, injuries could still happen. Some common injuries those in motorcycle accidents experience include:
- Cuts, scrapes, or other lacerations
- Brain injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Broken or fractured bones
- Spinal damage
Call the Fitzsimmons Law Firm PLLC today!
The attorneys at the firm will aggressively fight on your behalf to obtain fair compensation for your injuries, and work diligently to see that your rights and interests are protected. With their experience and resources, you will have a team of skilled advocates on your side. The firm will treat your individual case with care and respect. They understand that this can be a stressful time period for you, and work closely with you to prove your claim in order to maximize your recovery of damages.
Contact a West Virginia personal injury attorney if you've been injured in a motorcycle accident, and would like more information on how to get compensated for losses and damages.