If you receive injuries in a motorcycle crash caused by another person, an experienced Virginia accident attorney provides you with the best chance of recovering the compensation you deserve. Our Richmond motorcycle accident lawyers at Renfro & Renfro understand the complexity of motorcycle accidents and injuries. We aggressively represent our clients in motorcycle injury cases. From our Richmond office, our motorcycle accident attorney team serves clients throughout the metro area and Commonwealth of Virginia.
Under Virginia law, a driver whose negligence causes a motorcycle accident is legally responsible for compensating victims for injuries and property damage. Negligence generally means a failure to exercise the ordinary care of a reasonable person under the circumstances.
Virginia is one of only a few states that follows a pure or strict rule of contributory negligence in personal injury cases. A driver must be 100 percent at fault to be legally liable for injuries caused by a motorcycle accident. If an injured victim is even one percent responsible for the accident, the law prohibits any financial recovery. It’s a harsh rule with very unfair results in some cases, but it is the law in Virginia.
Conducting an accident investigation and making judgments about negligence and contributory negligence in a motorcycle crash requires specialized knowledge and skill. You should not try to make those assessments yourself. You should rely on an experienced motorcycle accident attorney to make those evaluations for you.
Demonstrating who was responsible for an accident requires investigating and analyzing the accident to determine the cause of the accident. Especially in motorcycle accidents, gathering evidence about what caused the accident can be challenging.
Compiling a compelling case for a motorcycle accident requires understanding the motor vehicle laws that apply to motorcycles, as well as those that apply to cars and larger vehicles. It also requires understanding the common causes of motorcycle accidents, some of which are unique to motorcycles and how they operate on the roads. Our motorcycle injury attorneys at Renfro & Renfro have the necessary knowledge and understanding to investigate and analyze motorcycle accident cases and build the strongest possible case for you as an injured motorcycle rider.
Motorcycle accidents typically cause serious and complicated injuries. Traumatic brain injury is one of the most common types of motorcycle accident injuries. Complex bone fractures and spinal cord injuries are also frequent.
Securing full compensation for these types of injuries requires special knowledge about the injuries, necessary treatment, and prognosis. Our motorcycle accident lawyers at Renfro & Renfro know how to analyze motorcycle accident injuries and properly evaluate the necessary treatment and prognosis. Our ability to address the injury details thoroughly enables us to recover the full amount of compensation that our clients deserve.
When you recover for injuries in a motorcycle accident, the compensation includes a number of items of financial loss. You receive reimbursement for medical expenses and treatment costs, income lost from missing work, and property damage. Your financial recovery also includes expected cost of future medical expenses, anticipated loss of income or earning ability, as well as compensation for past and future pain and suffering, emotional and mental issues, inconvenience, and loss of companionship. Permanent disability and disfigurement also enter into the calculation.
Some of the elements of damages are difficult to calculate and require special knowledge and insight. That is another reason why you should not try to figure out your compensation on your own. You can count on our skilled injury attorneys at Renfro & Renfro to accurately determine your full compensation and fight for the highest possible financial recovery for you.
Most often, an at-fault driver has liability insurance that pays for the victim’s injuries and losses. An insurance adjuster for the driver’s insurance company is responsible for negotiating the amount of compensation.
You should never talk with a representative of the at-fault driver’s insurance company if you’re injured in a motorcycle accident. The company’s only goal is to pay you as little as possible — or to pay you nothing at all, if they can get away with it. They will try to blame the accident on you. They will try to get you to make statements that hurt your claim by pressuring you to admit facts that may constitute contributory negligence. You should let your attorney handle all discussions and negotiations with the insurance company.
In some cases, the at-fault driver may have no insurance or an inadequate amount of insurance. Then, recovering for your accident injuries may also involve filing an Uninsured Motorist / Underinsured Motorist claim under your own insurance policy or the policy of a member of your household. UM / UIM claims involve an adversarial process, even though you file them with your own or a household member’s insurance company. You are more likely to recover — and to recover a higher amount — if your attorney handles the negotiations for you.
Our motorcycle accident attorney team at Renfro & Renfro negotiates with insurance companies as long as the company is reasonable and negotiates in good faith. If negotiations fail or go on too long or settlement offers are inadequate, we do not hesitate to file a court action to enforce your rights. Then, we fight aggressively in court to obtain the compensation you deserve.
If you suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident caused by another person, you may be entitled to compensation under Virginia law. Our experienced Richmond injury attorneys at Renfro & Renfro provide a free consultation and case evaluation for motorcycle accident victims. In addition, if you lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, our attorneys can help your family with a wrongful death claim.
We serve clients in the Greater Richmond Region, including in Petersburg and Dinwiddie, and throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. We welcome you to schedule a consultation by using our online form.