Motorcycle Accident Attorney Arlington VA
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According to a report by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the Virginia Highway Safety Office, there were 2,119 motorcycle crashes in Virginia in 2017—a 10.4% increase from the previous year. Sadly, 1,670 of these collisions resulted in injury and 108 were fatal.
Because motorcyclists are relatively unprotected, they often suffer severe, life-altering injuries when they are struck by other vehicles. The physical, emotional, and financial cost of such an accident can be immense. If someone else’s careless or reckless actions led to an accident that left you injured, you should not have to deal with these costs on your own. Our Arlington, VA motorcycle accident lawyer can help you personal injury claim can help you seek compensation for your damages.
Contact the Law Offices of Ryan Quinn, PLLC at (703) 457-1300 for a free consultation with our Arlington motorcycle accident attorney.
How Negligence Leads to Motorcycle Accidents
Statistics show that, in 2017, motorcycle accidents accounted for nearly 2% of all traffic-related collisions and more than 12% of all traffic fatalities. And, more than 37% of the time, these crashes involved no improper actions on the part of the motorcyclists.
All too often, the negligence of other drivers leads to motorcycle accidents. Other motorists often fail to look out for motorcycles, which are smaller and often more difficult to see than other vehicles.
Other common examples of how motorist negligence leads to motorcycle collisions include:
- Distracted driving, including texting while driving
- Drunk driving/driving under the influence of drugs
- Speeding and other dangerous/reckless behaviors
- Failure to stop at red lights and stop signs
- Failure to check blind spots when changing lanes
- Making illegal turns into the path of oncoming motorcyclists
- Failure to yield the right-of-way
- Following too closely, also known as tailgating
- Improper/unsafe passing
Regardless of the cause, motorcycle accidents often result in devastating injuries to the motorcyclist and his or her passenger. Even when wearing motorcycle helmets and other proper riding gear, motorcycle drivers and passengers are far more likely to suffer catastrophic injuries and fatalities than people in other types of motor vehicles.
Contributory Negligence for Motorcycle Accidents in VA
Arlington is one of the few jurisdictions that still follows strict “contributory negligence” laws in regards to motorcycle accident claims. Also known as “pure contributory negligence,” this law states that a motorcyclist must be found completely free of fault for their collision in order to recover damages. If a rider is found to share even 1% of the blame, they are ineligible to receive compensation.
Given Arlington’s harsh negligence laws, it is crucial for injured motorcyclists to retain powerful legal representation after a collision to maximize their chances of recovering a fair settlement for their injuries. Attorney Ryan Quinn is well-versed in the legal methodology surrounding motorcycle accident claims and can fight to ensure you are treated fairly during all stages of your case.
Call the Law Offices of Ryan Quinn, PLLC Today
Our firm can help you work to recover the fair compensation you are owed for your medical treatment, lost income, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other damages. We have handled thousands of cases and successfully recovered more than $25 million for our clients. Reach out to our Arlington motorcycle accident attorney today for a free, confidential case evaluation.
We can be reached online or by phone at (703) 457-1300.