Motorcycle Accident Attorneys in Fairfax, Manassas, Centreville and Front Royal, VA
Firm pursues compensation for riders injured in collisions
If you’re taking your motorcycle on the George Washington Parkway or going a longer distance to take in some of Virginia’s beautiful mountain scenery, careless car and truck drivers might pose a hazard. Motorists have more potential distractions than ever these days, and someone who figures they’ll be able to see a car out of the corner of their eye might not realize a motorcycle is there until it’s too late. The proven personal injury lawyers at Pikrallidas & Probasco stand up for Virginia and Washington, D.C. clients who were hurt in motorcycle accidents caused by others. We seek the compensation bikers need to pay their medical expenses, recover lost wages and address other types of harm resulting from their crash.
Common factors in motorcycle accidents
Drivers of cars and trucks often aren’t conditioned to look for motorcycles on the road. This can be very hazardous for a biker if a car is making a left turn across a lane of traffic on which the motorcycle is traveling. Problems can also occur when a driver is entering a road and is supposed to yield, but heads into the flow of traffic because they didn’t see a car or truck. Speeding, poor brakes, distractions and alcohol impairment make it more difficult for a motorist to react if they see the biker too late.
Virginia’s contributory negligence law and motorcycle riders
Even if you believe that there is no question that the driver of a car or truck was at fault when they hit your motorcycle, it is still necessary to hire a skillful lawyer to make your case. Under Virginia’s contributory negligence rule, a plaintiff cannot win damages if they bear any responsibility at all for their injuries. If a jury says that the car driver was 99 percent responsible for an accident, but the biker was one percent liable, the biker cannot collect any damages. This differs from the rule in Washington, D.C. and most states and can be particularly harsh toward motorcycle riders, whom jurors might assume acted recklessly because of unfair cultural stereotypes.
Types of motorcycle accident injuries
Motorcycles travel at high speeds and they offer little protection in the event of a crash. Not surprisingly, victims often end up with severe or catastrophic injuries. Some bikers suffer spinal cord damage that leaves them paralyzed over part or all of their body. You could also experience multiple broken bones, internal organ failure, muscle and ligament damage and traumatic brain injuries. Even if you can fully recover from your personal injury, conditions such as road rash and concussions can be very painful and keep you out of work for an extended period of time. You can count on our firm to take on negligent drivers and their insurance companies to help you obtain the payment you need to cover your accident-related expenses and compensate you for your pain and suffering.
Contact a Virginia motorcycle accident lawyer for a free consultation
Pikrallidas & Probasco seeks compensation for motorcycle riders who have been injured in accidents across northern Virginia and in Washington, D.C. If you were struck by a car or truck while on your bike, please call 703-267-2600 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation. Our offices are located in Fairfax, Manassas, Centreville and Front Royal. Hablamos español.