What Are the Most Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries?
Unlike passenger vehicles, there aren’t many safety features built into a motorcycle to keep the rider safe. A motorcyclist doesn’t have the benefit of a seatbelt, airbag, or the steel shell of their vehicle. It’s not uncommon for a rider to be thrown from their vehicle or even end up pinned beneath their motorcycle.
While Virginia law requires that both riders and passengers wear approved helmets, these provide only a minimum amount of protection. Motorcycle crashes can result in injuries so severe that they are life-altering. Some of the most common types of motorcycle accident injuries include:
- Road Rash (severe abrasions resulting from sliding across pavement)
- Head Injury (may include traumatic brain injury)
- Spinal Cord Injury (neck and spine injuries could result in permanent paralysis)
- Leg Injury (fractures of the knees, feet, and legs, as well as cuts and burns)
- Biker’s Arm (when a rider instinctively puts their arm out to stop a fall, this can result in severe damage)
- Muscle Damage (this is possible anywhere on the body)
Getting Compensation After a Virginia Motorcycle Accident
When you’ve been hurt through no fault of your own, you are faced with some difficult challenges. You may need immediate medical attention and have to deal with other emotional and financial obstacles. Depending on the circumstances of your accident, you may have the right to make a claim for compensation for the following types of damages:
- Medical Treatment. You should not have to pay for your medical care if you were not at fault in the accident. The responsible party should be held accountable for your current and future medical expenses.
- Lost Wages. The accident may have been so severe that you missed time from work or are disabled and unable to continue with your current profession. You can also make a claim for lost wages and lost earning capacity.
- Property Damage. Most bikes are totaled in serious motorcycle crashes. A property damage claim can compensate you for the cost of repairs when applicable, replacement, or loss of value to your property due to the crash.
- Pain and Suffering. Motorcycle crashes can be traumatic events and the resulting injuries exceedingly painful. You deserve compensation for your pain and suffering.
- Punitive Damages. Some of these crashes are caused by such an extreme level of recklessness that the courts will allow you to seek punitive damages. These are meant to punish the other driver and create a deterrent for future negative acts.
- Wrongful Death. When a rider is killed in a motorcycle crash, loved ones have the right to seek compensation for wrongful death. This is a case that will claim damages related to medical and final expenses as well as the lost income and emotional hardship associated with such a tragic loss.
Speak With a Qualified Virginia Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
While every vehicle accident is unique, most leave their victims with physical, emotional, and financial consequences that can be difficult to overcome without help. If the crash was someone else’s fault, you and your loved ones should not have to shoulder these burdens. You have the right to make a claim for full and fair damages.
At Schilling & Esposito, our aggressive Virginia personal injury attorneys have extensive experience with Virginia motorcycle accident cases. Our in-house investigators and qualified attorneys will use their skills to build your case and fight for the compensation you deserve as you concentrate on rebuilding your life.
Virginia laws pose certain time limits for filing a personal injury case, known as a statute of limitations. This can vary depending on your circumstances, which is why we urge you to contact us as soon as possible to protect your legal rights.
Contact our Richmond office now at 804-261-1001 or reach us online to schedule a free consultation.