For many riders, motorcycles are synonymous with freedom. Freedom to take a ride and enjoy the calm that concentrating on one task brings. Virginian motorcyclists responsibly maintain their bikes, wear safety equipment and carefully share the road. Unfortunately for Loudoun County riders, state motorcycle crash data reveals a concerning picture of the dangers they face every time they head out for a ride.
The crash data
The Virginia Highway Safety Office’s 2020 accident data shows that motorcycle accidents represent about 2% of all motor vehicle accidents. However, they make up roughly 10% of all fatalities, and 10% of all serious injuries. Over 600 people were seriously injured as the result of a motorcycle accident, and over 80 motorcycle drivers or passengers died in 2020. Approximately one motorcycle occupant was lost on a Virginia road every 4 days.
The data further suggest that the majority of motorcycle accidents were not caused by the motorcyclist. So, in addition to the vulnerability posed to any rider’s safety and wellbeing for becoming involved in an accident, motorcyclists are vulnerable to external causes of accidents, like another driver’s negligence.
Who should I contact if I need help after a motorcycle crash?
Another driver’s negligence can cause catastrophic injuries, you should not be left alone to deal with their problem or face an insurance company who wants to haggle with your future on the line. If you or a loved one are hurt in a motorcycle accident caused by another driver’s negligence, an attorney can help you recover damages. If you just want to share the road responsibly, you should not have to handle the legal process of getting what you deserve.
Even if you and the other party have insurance, a dedicated attorney will ensure that the insurance companies do not lowball you. It may even be a good idea if you are facing severe injuries or lost a loved one to speak with an attorney before you speak to insurance companies.