If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, you may falsely assume that your claim will be the same as if you were hurt in a car accident. While the same laws apply to both types of cases in Virginia, there are many differences between these claims and those involving passenger vehicles. When retaining an attorney, it is important to hire one who is experienced in handling motorcycle accident claims and understands the unique challenges in these cases.
What Are Important Differences Between Motorcycle and Motor Vehicle Accidents?
Unlike passenger vehicles, motorcycles are smaller, only have two wheels, and have no seat belts or air bags. Key ways that motorcycle accidents are different include:
- Less visibility. Because motorcycles are so much smaller than motor vehicles, they are less visible or can be hidden by other larger objects. This can increase the likelihood that a motorist who is engaged in distracted driving or is just not attentive enough will not see the motorcycle before striking it.
- More serious claims. Motorcycle riders have only their clothes and a helmet to protect themselves from a much larger automobile. As a result, they are much more likely to suffer catastrophic injuries or death. According to the Insurance Information Institute, motorcyclists are 28 more times likely than occupants of motor vehicles be killed in a crash per miles traveled.
- Higher claim value. Victims of a motorcycle accident are entitled to be compensated for their medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering from the negligent driver who caused their crash. Because the injuries tend to be more long-term or fatal in a motorcycle crash, a motorcycle rider’s claim will most likely be worth significantly more than a claim for a car accident victim.
- Insurance company. When an insurance company’s liability is greater, they are more likely to fight longer and harder to deny or reduce a claim. In addition, they understand the biases juries can have against motorcycle riders that may make it more difficult for a victim to win his case and may be less willing to be reasonable in settlement negotiations as a result.
Contact Tavss Fletcher for Assistance Following a Motorcycle Accident
If you were injured in a motorcycle collision caused by a negligent driver, our experienced motorcycle accident attorneys are here to fight for the compensation you deserve. Take advantage of our free initial consultation to learn more about your legal options. Call our Norfolk office today to schedule your appointment.