May 31st, 2021
Summer is a great time to take your motorcycle out for a spin, but because the temperature can reach the 90s from June to September in Virginia, some riders opt to wear only a helmet to protect themselves. Although riding with less gear can keep you cooler, it also significantly increases your risk of suffering a serious injury during an accident.
Regardless of how far you’re going, how much traffic you’ll encounter, or even how hot it is outside, you should always wear all the gear, all the time. Here’s how your equipment protects you when you ride:
- Your helmet—The most important piece of safety equipment protects you from head and brain injuries. Full-face helmets can also protect your eyes, mouth, and face during a crash.
- Your jacket—Whether it’s made of leather, nylon, Kevlar, or another material, your jacket protects your torso and arms.
- Your gloves—Your hands and fingers are highly vulnerable during a crash, and heavy-duty gloves protect them.
- Your pants—Road rash can be severe on the legs and thighs, and thick riding pants can reduce or even eliminate it during crashes.
- Your boots—Some motorcyclists crash feet-first, and without boots, they may suffer severe injuries to their ankles, feet, and toes.
Above all else, you need all of this gear to protect you from negligent and careless drivers. Although motorcyclists are plentiful during the summer, drivers aren’t always looking out for them. That puts riders at significant risk of being struck by vehicles.
If you or someone you love is injured while riding by a negligent driver, our Virginia motorcycle accident lawyers want to help. Contact Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation.
April 5th, 2021
Everyone loves a beautiful spring day, but they are heaven sent for motorcyclists, especially after a long winter. There’s nothing better than suiting up and hitting the open road on one of the first nice days of the year. But when you dust off your bike after several months of storage, it’s important to remember that your risks may be higher during the first few weeks of riding than at any other time of year.
Why? Because other drivers aren’t used to being around motorcyclists, and they may be even less likely to look out for you while you’re riding. The biggest risk factor for all riders is inattentive and distracted drivers. When drivers don’t see riders, those riders face enormous risks. All it takes is making a left turn into the path of a biker, drifting into their lane, or failing to slow down or stop to seriously injure or even kill a motorcyclist.
Whether you’ve already started riding again or are planning on doing so soon, be sure to focus on safety. That means wearing full riding gear, including a helmet, jacket, pants, boots, and gloves. Cover every square inch of your body in protective gear, and ride cautiously and defensively. Although you can’t control the movements and behaviors of other drivers, you can reduce your risks of being involved in a preventable crash and reduce the severity of any injuries you might suffer.
And because the injuries associated with motorcycle accidents can be so expensive, our Virginia motorcycle accident lawyers are here to help if you do get hurt. Contact the legal team at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation.
January 25th, 2021
It’s the dead of winter and few people are out riding their motorcycles in Virginia these days. But if you were hurt in a motorcycle accident in the spring, summer, or fall of last year, it’s not too late to pursue compensation for your medical bills and lost wages. In fact, you can even go back to 2019 and still be eligible.
That’s because the statute of limitations for injury claims in Virginia is two years from the date they happened. That means crashes that occurred in spring 2019 can still be pursued for full compensation. However, getting compensation is often more difficult when more time has passed. That’s because evidence may be harder to find, witnesses may be more difficult to track down, and the insurance company may be even less likely to believe your story.
But those factors don’t automatically rule out victims from pursuing compensation, especially when there’s plenty of evidence in their accident reports or their medical records. At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia motorcycle accident lawyers always recommend that victims get legal representation immediately after crashes, but we know that’s not always possible.
Simply put—as long as the statute of limitations hasn’t expired on a claim, there’s always a chance to get compensation. So, if your family is hurting financially because of a crash that happened 6 months ago, a year ago, or even 18 months ago, it’s always worth a shot to speak with a lawyer about your options. Contact us today for a free consultation—we’ll review your claim and give you honest advice on what to do next.
October 5th, 2020
Virginians enjoy three seasons of “outdoor” weather: spring, summer, and fall. And while spring and fall can have frosty mornings and evenings, the daytime hours are typically pleasant. Winter, on the other hand, can range from chilly to downright freezing. Because of the cold temperatures, many motorcyclists prefer to leave their bikes in storage, but others brave the cold weather.
Riding a motorcycle at any time of year can be an economical choice due to their excellent MPG, but is riding one during the winter safe? Here are a few things to consider:
- It’s easier to tolerate full gear during the winter—When you ride, you should wear all the gear, all the time. But for many riders, suiting up can be unbearably hot in the summer. Wearing a thick riding jacket and pants during the winter can be a bonus, however, as they can keep you warm.
- There are more road hazards—Unfortunately, the tradeoff for being more comfortable in your gear is facing more dangers on the road. Ice is extremely hazardous for riders. All it takes is driving over a small patch of ice to lose control of your bike. In addition, potholes are more likely to form in the winter, and even small ones can be life-threatening hazards.
- You get fewer daylight hours—Staying safe as a motorcyclist is all about being seen, and that typically means riding during the day. When you ride at night, drivers can’t see you as easily. And unfortunately, winter has much fewer daylight hours than summer, limiting your riding time.
What’s the verdict? Winter riding can be as safe as you make it, but one thing is for sure: avoid riding when temperatures are near or below freezing, as ice is among the biggest risks you’ll face.
And if you’re ever hurt in an accident that wasn’t your fault, contact the Norfolk motorcycle accident lawyers at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation.
June 29th, 2020
As a motorcyclist, you face increased risks compared to people in passenger vehicles. They’re protected by airbags and seatbelts during crashes—you’re not. It’s up to you to take your safety into your own hands, and that means wearing all the right gear when you ride your motorcycle.
What does it mean to wear the right gear? It involves always wearing the following equipment:
- Full-face helmet—Wearing a helmet is the single most important thing you can do to protect yourself as a rider. But just any helmet isn’t enough. Make sure your helmet is full-faced, fits you properly, and is certified by DOT, ECE 22.05, and Snell.
- Riding jacket and pants—Asphalt and bare skin aren’t a good combination, especially at high speeds. If you want to avoid road rash, infection, and possible skin grafts, always wear a thick riding jacket and pants.
- Gloves and boots—Your fingers, hands, feet, and toes aren’t just susceptible to road rash—they’re also susceptible to amputation during crashes. Wearing high-quality, protective gloves and boots not only protect your skin, but they also reduce the risk of catastrophic injuries.
You can further improve your safety by ensuring that your gear is brightly colored and reflective. One of the biggest causes of motorcycle crashes is drivers not seeing riders, regardless of time of day or weather.
At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia motorcycle accident attorneys strongly believe in the importance of safety equipment, but we also know that even the most well-protected and safety-conscious riders still get hurt in accidents. If you were injured by a negligent driver while riding, we want to help you get compensation. Contact us today for a free consultation.
March 9th, 2020
Spring hasn’t officially arrived just yet, but temperatures are already warming throughout the Commonwealth. The arrival of warm weather is a welcome change for many, especially motorcyclists. If you’re planning on taking your bike out for your daily commute or just for a weekend ride, it’s important to prioritize safety from the moment you pull out of your driveway until the moment you return home.
Motorcyclists face serious risks on Virginia’s roadways, but you can reduce your chances of being involved in a crash by keeping these tips in mind:
- Scan the road ahead—One of the biggest dangers that motorcyclists face is roadway hazards. They can include everything from potholes and wet leaves to loose gravel and fallen tree limbs. Staying alert for these hazards can keep you safer on your bike.
- Watch for left-turning vehicles—Drivers don’t always look out for motorcyclists. Inattentive left-turning motorists is one of the biggest risk factors motorcyclists face when it comes to roadway collisions, but you can reduce your risks by anticipating when drivers might turn in front of you.
- Reduce your speed—The torque and horsepower to weight ratio of motorcycles is unrivaled by even some of the fastest production vehicles. However, speeding on a motorcycle is significantly more dangerous than speeding in a vehicle. Always drive at the speed limit, and don’t forget to reduce your speed during inclement weather.
At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we know that simply representing injured motorcyclists after crashes isn’t always enough. Because insurance companies are biased against them, they need aggressive representation from experienced Roanoke motorcycle accident attorneys, and that’s exactly what we provide. Contact us today for a free consultation if you were hurt on your bike.
December 23rd, 2019
Every rider knows they’re taking a risk when they get on their motorcycles. Wearing all your gear every time you ride is the best way to reduce the risks of suffering serious injuries, but even the sturdiest and thickest helmet, jacket, pants, boots, and gloves can’t protect motorcyclists during crashes the same way seat belts, airbags, and crumple zones can protect vehicle occupants.
When motorcyclists are involved in crashes, they’re likely to suffer three common types of injuries:
- Head injuries—Helmets are highly effective at reducing the risk of death and traumatic brain injury during motorcycle crashes, but they don’t lower that risk to zero. People wearing even the most high-tech and safe helmets are still at risk of suffering serious head injuries that have the potential to be fatal or result in lifelong disability.
- Soft tissue injuries—Motorcycle accidents can cause victims to suffer serious injuries to their skin, as well as the muscles, ligaments, tendons, and even nerves underneath. Riders with exposed skin or who wear non-riding clothing are the most at risk for these types of injuries, but they can happen to even the most well-equipped riders.
- Broken bones—When motorcyclists are involved in crashes, they’re almost always thrown from their bikes. Whether they strike a vehicle, the road, or another object, the forces generated by a crash can result in simple or compound bone fractures, which can lead to prolonged disability and even be life-threatening.
If you or someone you love was hurt in a motorcycle crash that wasn’t your fault, the Virginia motorcycle accident lawyers at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers want to help. Contact us today for a free consultation.
September 30th, 2019
When injured motorcyclists call their own insurance providers or file claims against the insurers of the drivers who caused their crashes, they’re often automatically assumed to be at fault—even when there’s plenty of evidence suggesting the opposite.
That’s because insurance companies and their teams of adjusters are often biased against motorcyclists when reviewing accident claims. That bias means that injured motorcyclists often face an uphill battle when it comes to getting their claims taken seriously, let alone winning full compensation for their medical bills and injuries.
At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we know that most motorcyclists are safety-conscious people who follow the rules of the road. We also know that many motorcycle accidents involving passenger vehicles occur when drivers aren’t looking for motorcyclists, run them off the road, or turn left into the path of motorcycles while distracted. When that happens, motorcyclists deserve maximum compensation, but it can be difficult to get that money, regardless of evidence and witness accounts.
Our Virginia motorcycle accident lawyers know the difficulties that motorcyclists face after crashes, even when they clearly weren’t their fault, and we work hard to help them get settlements. Don’t go it alone after your motorcycle accident, and don’t let the insurance company take advantage of you or deny you due to its bias. Call us today for a free consultation.
April 29th, 2019
Warm weather is here to stay in the Norfolk area, and that means motorcycle season has officially arrived. Whether you ride for pleasure or to get around town, you know that traveling on two wheels carries many risks. Wearing all the gear, all the time can help you reduce your chances of suffering serious injuries during an accident, but it can’t eliminate your risks.
Because serious injuries can occur to even the most well-protected and safety-conscious riders, it’s important to be ready in the event of an emergency. If you’re ever involved in a motorcycle accident, do your best to follow these important steps:
- Call 911—Dialing 911 accomplishes two things. First, it dispatches police officers who will create an accident report of what happened. Second, it dispatches emergency responders who can give you, your passenger, and any other victims immediate medical attention for your injuries.
- Collect information at the accident scene—If you’re capable of doing so, take pictures of the crash scene, including your motorcycle and the other vehicle. Get contact information from the other driver and witnesses, as their statements can help build your claim.
- Call a Norfolk motorcycle accident lawyer—Injured motorcyclists aren’t always treated fairly by insurance companies. The sooner you get a lawyer on your side, the stronger your claim may be, as there may be more evidence available to prove that you weren’t at fault for the accident.
Get in touch with Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers after your accident. We know motorcycle accidents, and we know how to help. Contact us today for a free consultation.
March 4th, 2019
Virginia is a great state to call home for motorcyclists. With mild weather year-round and countless scenic routes, taking in the sights and sounds of the Commonwealth on two wheels is an experience unlike any other. However, Virginia motorcyclists face increased risks when they ride—and most of those risks are due to drivers failing to look out for them.
At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Norfolk motorcycle accident lawyers have represented many motorcyclists who suffered serious, disabling, and even life-threatening injuries after they were struck by vehicles. Even the most cautious and defensive drivers primarily look for other cars, trucks, and SUVs when they’re behind the wheel. That means it’s easy for drivers to overlook or fail to recognize motorcycles.
Common negligence-based causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Drivers turning left into the paths of motorcyclists—Left-turning vehicles cause a significant number of motorcycle accidents in the U.S. That’s because drivers often think they have clearance to complete turns, but they failed to recognized that motorcycles were heading in their direction.
- Drivers drifting into lanes occupied by motorcyclists—Although motorcycles are much smaller and lighter than passenger vehicles, they deserve respect and attention on the roadway. But some drivers fail to check for motorcyclists when they change lanes. When drivers drift or merge into lanes occupied by motorcyclists, they can collide with them or force them off the road.
The expenses associated with motorcycle accidents can be too much for many families to bear. If you or someone you love was hurt on a motorcycle, we want to help you get maximum compensation. Call us today for a free consultation.