Experienced Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
The small size of motorcycles and their comparatively low costs of purchase and operation are what attract many riders to these vehicles for both commuting and leisure. Sadly, that same small size that makes motorcycles attractive also makes them exceptionally vulnerable on the roads to distracted and inattentive drivers.
Without the protection of seat belts, airbags, and other safety features found in cars, motorcyclists often sustain far more traumatic injuries if they are involved in an accident. Other vehicles on the roadway, and sometimes the perilous condition of the road itself, can lead to crashes with injuries that turn your life upside-down. After you’ve been involved in an accident, it can feel as though you have more questions than answers. How will I pay my mounting medical bills? How will I support my family while I recover? What about my job? Do I need a lawyer to help me?
We at Allen & Allen understand that you feel your life has been shattered, and we have made it our mission to help you put the pieces back together.
Know Your Rights
Under Virginia law, you may have the right to recover monetary damages if you have been injured in a motorcycle accident through the negligence or recklessness of another person. Damages may include reimbursement or compensation for:
- Medical costs
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of property
The attorneys at Allen & Allen can help you to determine:
- The rights you have to collect from the negligent driver’s insurance company or from the entity responsible for the safe upkeep of the roads.
- How to collect uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage and medical payments coverage from your own insurance company.
- How to obtain a fair settlement offer for damages through negotiation.
- What evidence may need to be presented in order to collect appropriate financial compensation.
Many insurance companies will contact you as early as the day after a crash to obtain a recorded statement about your injuries and your accident. These statements are not in your best interest when the full extent of your injuries and your financial burden have yet to be determined. You are under no legal obligation to provide such a statement, and if you do, it could be used against you during the settlement process. You can help to protect yourself by contacting an attorney at Allen & Allen to discuss your situation before you speak with the insurance companies.
What Should I Do Next?
If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident, you may have questions about your next steps. Follow these guidelines to help ensure that your actions and decisions now don’t compromise your case later.
- Do not repair or dispose of your damaged motorcycle without first talking to an attorney.
- Keep your motorcycle in a safe place, preferably under a protective cover or in a garage. Your lawyer may need your motorcycle as evidence to help prove your case. They may require photographs of the damage or they may enlist the assistance of an accident reconstruction expert to examine your motorcycle and look for physical evidence to help support your case.
- Limit access to your damaged motorcycle to anyone other than you or a trusted custodian working on your behalf.
- Occasionally a motorcycle accident happens because the motorcycle itself was defective. Never surrender the motorcycle to the vehicle manufacturer for testing without consulting a lawyer first.
- Keep all owners’ manuals, maintenance records, and repair records for your motorcycle, as well as all warranty documents regardless of whether or not your bike is a total loss.
- If anyone at the scene after the accident identifies himself to you as an eyewitness, ask for someone to write down identifying information and the contact details for that witness. This information could be extremely valuable to your case.
Your personal injury case begins before you leave the scene of a crash
While the circumstances behind every collision are different, one fact holds true for all—the time immediately following the crash can be stressful and confusing. Our convenient Glove Compartment Quick Reference Guide is an invaluable aid to help steer you through the crucial steps to take right after an accident.
Another handy source of advice about what to do after a crash is our online question-and-answer guide, “What Should I Do at the Scene of an Accident?” Both of these resources were created by our team of personal injury attorneys with your protection in mind.
Why Choose Allen & Allen?
The attorneys at Allen & Allen have more than 600 years of combined experience with accident cases. Over our 100 year history, we have handled many complex and devastating motorcycle accident cases with victims sustaining injuries ranging from cuts and bruises to spinal cord or traumatic brain injury. Allen & Allen is a family firm built on compassionate service, and we are committed to protecting our clients throughout their recovery and will fight for their fair treatment and compensation.
No matter how minor or severe your accident may have been, an attorney can help you to navigate the intimidating field of insurance claims to make sure you are offered the settlement you deserve. You can discuss your unique situation with an Allen & Allen personal injury specialist at no cost by calling 1-866-388-1307 today.
Start Rebuilding Your Life
You should not have to shoulder the financial burden of a crash that was caused by someone else’s negligence. Let us help you collect the compensation you deserve by holding the person who caused your injuries accountable. At Allen & Allen, our team of experienced lawyers and in-house investigators use their skills to collect evidence and build a solid case on your behalf while you focus on your recovery.
If you or a family member has been injured, don’t wait to contact a lawyer. Don’t wait to begin rebuilding your life.