In Virginia, not all crashes involving an auto and motorcycle are caused by the car’s driver. In some cases, the motorcyclist’s negligence is the cause of the accident. If you were injured in a car accident with a motorcycle, you need to understand how the rider could have caused it and your right to compensation for your injuries.
Leading Ways Motorcyclists Cause Crashes With Cars
Motorcycle riders must obey the same Virginia traffic laws as other motorists. Unfortunately, they can engage in risky behaviors that result in tragic accidents. Here are the top ways they cause collisions:
- Speeding. Many collisions are caused by motorcyclists speeding. Younger motorcycle riders are especially likely to ride at excessive speeds.
- Intoxication. If a motorcycle rider is intoxicated due to the consumption of drugs or alcohol, their reaction time, judgment, and vision are impaired. This can lead to a tragic drunk driving accident with an automobile driver.
- Swerving between lanes. Impatient motorcyclists often swerve between lanes without signaling or checking if it is safe to change lanes. This can cause a multi-vehicle crash if the driver tries to move out of the motorcycle’s way.
- Not using turn signals. Like other motorists, motorcycle riders are required to signal to let others on the road know they intend to turn. Many preventable wrecks are caused when the motorcyclist fails to signal before turning left.
Compensation You Are Entitled to If a Motorcycle Rider Causes Your Collision
In Virginia, you can obtain damages for your injuries if you can prove the motorcycle rider’s negligence caused your accident. You can recover your past and future damages. Types of compensation you may receive in your settlement include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages and lost earning capacity damages
- Property damages
- Pain and suffering
Were you or a family member injured in an auto collision with a motorcycle in the Virginia Beach or Norfolk areas? Our experienced car accident lawyers are here to answer your questions and pursue your right to compensation for your injuries. Schedule a free initial consultation to learn more about how we can help you. Call our Norfolk office at 877-960-3441 or contact us online to schedule your appointment today.