Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

While motorcycle accidents in Virginia may be caused by a number of different factors, the most common causes remain virtually the same every year. Those causes are negligence, unsafe road conditions, reckless driving and alcohol use. The list below explains how each of these can bring about a motorcycle accident and potentially qualify the injured party for legal action.

Were you or a loved one injured in a motorcycle accident in Hampton Roads, Newport News or the surrounding area? Contact our knowledgeable and experienced Virginia motorcycle accident attorneys today for a free case review to learn if you’re entitled for compensation.

Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Virginia

The following are among the most common causes of Virginia motorcycle accidents:

  • Negligence: A negligent driver is one who drives irresponsibly and without regard for others’ safety. If another’s negligence causes a motorcycle collision resulting in serious injury and monetary loss for the rider, the rider may be legally eligible for compensatory damages.
  • Unsafe Road Conditions: Unsafe road conditions in the Newport News and Hampton Roads areas are often a contributing factor in motorcycle accidents. Motorcyclists do not enjoy the same stability, physical protections, or response speeds as their automobile counterparts and therefore are significantly more susceptible to adverse road conditions. For motorcyclists, the safety of a road may be compromised by elements as seemingly minor as rain, snow, litter and uneven pavement. In certain cases, such as an unrepaired pothole that results in an accident and serious injury, the government may be held liable for the unsafe conditions of the road.
  • Speeding and Reckless Driving: Reckless driving plays a role in nearly all vehicular accidents in Virginia; there is no more consistent endangerment to motorcycles than lack of due vigilance and precaution. Most of the time, recklessness comes in the form of speeding. When cars speed and drive with wanton disregard, the result of a motorcycle accident for the rider is typically death.
  • Alcohol Use: After reckless driving, alcohol consumption is the most prevalent factor in serious Virginia motorcycle accidents. It was reported that in 2009, there were over 10,000 fatalities from crashes involving car drivers with a Blood Alcohol Content of .08 or higher. Given their lack of protection and slower response maneuvering, motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to drink drivers.

Virginia Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

While the above list counts the most typical causes of Virginia motorcycle accidents, serious collisions may be caused by a number of other factors which could lead to compensation for the injured party. At our Hampton Roads motorcycle accident law firm, we realize that if you or a loved one were involved in a serious motorcycle accident, filing a claim might not be the first thing on your mind. However, it is in your best interest to act soon, as you must file a claim within two years of the accident to become eligible for certain damages under Virginia motorcycle accident law. To learn if you’re entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, property damage, personal injury and/or lost work and wages, contact an experienced and knowledgeable Newport News motorcycle accident attorney today.

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