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Injuries Suffered in a Virginia Motorcycle Crash

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Traffic Accident Between A Car And A MotorcycleAccording to statistics from U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), there are more than 4,000 people killed each year in motorcycle accidents. Thousands more suffer serious to severe injuries and many of these victims end up with long-term or permanent disabilities.

Victims of motorcycle accidents or their families should contact a Virginia motorcycle accident attorney to find out what legal recourse they may have against the driver who caused the crash. These types of crashes can be more complex than other vehicle crashes because of the extent of the injuries that are often sustained.

Most Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries

The most common type of injury that victims of motorcycle accidents suffer is head injuries. Even with a helmet, a rider is still at risk of a suffering a serious head injury in a crash. Studies show that helmets are only 40 percent effective in preventing fatal injuries and only 70 percent effective in preventing head injuries overall. It is still recommended that motorcycle riders always wear a helmet, even in states that do not have helmet laws.

Head injuries can include traumatic brain injury (TBI), fractured skull or facial bones, and head lacerations. For many victims, the head injury ends up being a fatal one and they do not survive.

In addition to head injuries, motorcycle accident victims are also at high risk for these injuries:

  • Injuries to the feet and legs
  • Internal bleeding
  • Internal organ injuries
  • Long bone fractures
  • Pelvic bone fractures
  • Severance of limbs
  • Spinal injuries

What Should Motorcycle Accident Victims Do?

These injuries can leave a victim and their family struggling with not only the physical issues from injuries but also overwhelmed with the financial impact these injuries can cause. Astronomical medical expenses, loss of income from not being able to work, and other expenses and losses can leave a family completely overwhelmed, especially if the victim was the primary provider in the family.

Although victims can pursue damages on their own, the truth is that in these situations, the insurance companies often take advantage of the fact that the victim may not be fully aware of all their legal rights. This leaves the victim and their family vulnerable to receiving a settlement that is much less than what they are entitled to.

A Virginia motorcycle accident attorney can handle all interactions and negotiations with the insurance company, not only ensuring that the victim’s rights will be protected but also to allow the victim and their family to focus on their healing and recover.

If you or a loved one were injured in a motorcycle accident, contact one of our Virginia personal injury attorneys to find out what legal options you may have against the driver who caused the crash. It is critical not to delay because Virginia injury laws have strict rules regarding how long you have to file your personal injury claim. If the statute of limitations expires, you will be unable to collect financial damages for any medical expenses, loss of income, pain and suffering, or any other losses you or your family may be entitled to.