Woodbridge Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Fighting for Clients to Receive the Compensation They Deserve and the Help They Need
The Virginia DMV reported that there were 1960 motorcycle accidents in the state in 2019, which is a small percentage compared to accidents involving other types of vehicles. However, those accidents caused as many as 89 fatalities, a whopping 10.8% of all traffic deaths in Virginia. Many of these accidents are not caused by the motorcyclist, but by drivers in other vehicles. The most common causes of motorcycle accidents include unsafe lane changes, speeding, distracted driving, and sudden stops resulting in rear-ending.
What Should I Do if I Was Injured in a Motorcycle Accident Caused By Another Driver?
Besides getting immediate medical attention, the most important thing you can do is to avoid talking to other people at the scene and saying anything that could be used as an admission of fault. Even acting in a polite manner and apologizing can be a mistake. If you are able to take pictures and record information about the scene of the accident, collect as much evidence as you can. Keep a record of your medical expenses, any law enforcement records, and any receipts for expenses related to your treatment.
It is also recommended to hire a motorcycle accident attorney as soon as you are able to. Insurance companies will pressure you into giving them information that may be used to prove you contributed to the accident, and will often try to rush through your case and offer a quick settlement in an attempt to dismiss the claim. All of this will happen while you are trying to heal from your injuries – and an attorney can help you negotiate with the insurance company to secure the highest settlement possible and force them to slow down and properly analyze your case instead of attempting to reduce your payout or dismiss it altogether.
How Much Time Do I Have to File a Claim?
The state of Virginia has a 2-year limit for personal injury victims to file a claim. The statute of limitations for personal injury claims is five years, counting from the date your accident occurred. This does not apply to insurance claims, only to additional claims seeking compensation for personal injury or property damage.
However, the longer you wait to file your claim, the harder it is to gather enough evidence to build a strong claim. Documents get lost, memories fade and witnesses become harder to reach. In addition, you will want to give your attorney enough time to investigate the circumstances of your accident and collect sufficient evidence for your case.
What is the Average Settlement Amount for a Motorcycle Accident in Virginia?
Because each case is unique, it is hard to provide an average payout amount for a motorcycle accident claim, but as a general guideline, the more severe your injuries, the higher you can expect the settlement to be. Nothing is guaranteed and results vary a lot depending on the specific circumstances of your crash.
Other factors used to calculate a settlement amount include whether the other driver was completely to blame for the accident, the consequences of your injury such as lost wages due to having to be away from work to heal, property damages, medical expenses for current and future treatment needs, as well as emotional pain, suffering, and mental distress. Your attorney can better advise you on what types of damages you may be eligible to recover and how much you may receive.
How Much Does a Personal Injury Attorney Cost?
If you have been in a motorcycle accident, chances are you have medical bills quickly piling up and worry about making ends meet while you are unable to work. At the Johnson Law Firm, PC, you can rest assured you will receive high-quality legal advice and services for your accident claim without paying any out-of-pocket fees.
How Can a Lawyer Help After an Injury?
Our law firm works on contingency and does not require any payment until your case is won and you receive your settlement award. We will handle every aspect of your case for you, including negotiating with the insurance company, so you can concentrate on healing and recovering from your accident. Our staff is ready to answer your motorcycle accident questions and explain your options for ensuring you are treated fairly and receive the compensation you deserve. Contact our Woodbridge office at 703-670-0761to get started.