Motorcycle Accident

What Should You Do After a Motorcycle Accident?

by Staff Blogger | 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.

Motorcycle Accident Victims Deserve Experienced Legal Representation

by Staff Blogger | 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.

Was Your Motorcycle Accident Caused by Another Driver? Let Us Prove It.

by Staff Blogger | January 21st, 2019

Insurance companies are always looking for ways to reduce or deny payments to innocent victims. That means they may hold biases against certain people, including people who they believe caused their own injuries. That group often includes motorcyclists.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we know that most motorcyclists are safe and responsible when they ride. We also know that many accidents involving motorcycles and passenger vehicles are due to drivers failing to look for motorcyclists. However, insurance companies rarely see it that way, and they often give motorcyclists paltry settlements or deny them compensation altogether.

If you or someone you love was hurt in a motorcycle accident that was caused by another driver, our Norfolk motorcycle accident lawyers want to help you prove it. We know the common causes of motorcycle crashes, including:

  • Drivers turning left into the paths of motorcyclists—One of the most common causes of motorcycle crashes is drivers turning left in front of motorcyclists. Drivers don’t always look for motorcyclists, and they may begin to turn even when motorcyclists are heading straight towards them.
  • Distracted drivers—Drivers not being on the lookout for motorcyclists is bad enough, but the distracted driving epidemic increases motorcyclists’ risks. When drivers are looking at their phones, they aren’t looking at the road—and that can mean serious crashes for motorcyclists.
  • Drifting into motorcyclists’ lanes—Whether they don’t see them or don’t respect them, many drivers put motorcyclists in danger by drifting into their lanes. That can cause motorcyclists to swerve to avoid a collision, which can ultimately result in an injury-causing crash.

We’re here to help you get the compensation you deserve after your motorcycle accident. Call today for a free consultation.

Motorcycle Accidents Can Lead to Severe Injuries and Expensive Medical Bills

by Staff Blogger | September 10th, 2018

When you head out on your motorcycle, you probably do everything you can to protect yourself. That means wearing all the gear, all the time, including a helmet, riding jacket and pants, gloves, and boots.

But even the most well-equipped rider still faces significant risks during accidents. That’s because motorcycles have no built-in protective equipment. When riders are thrown from their bikes, they can suffer disabling and life-threatening injuries when they contact the road, another vehicle, or nearby objects.

Motorcycle injuries can be devastating, and many riders suffer permanent disabilities and may be unable to work for long periods of time. Some are never able to resume their careers, putting themselves and their families in serious financial jeopardy.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Norfolk motorcycle accident attorneys fight for the rights of people who were hurt through no fault of their own, and it’s our goal to get victims like you the compensation they need to move forward with their lives.

When you call our legal team, you can count on us to collect evidence that proves you weren’t at fault. Then, we’ll negotiate with the insurance company to help you get maximum compensation. If the insurance company refuses to pay you what you deserve, we won’t hesitate to take your case to trial.

Don’t settle for just any law firm after your motorcycle accident. Get an attorney that knows what you’re going through and knows how to help. Call today for a free consultation.

Insurance Companies Don’t Always Treat Injured Motorcyclists Fairly

by Staff Blogger | July 2nd, 2018

If you were recently injured while riding your motorcycle, you may be facing a long road to recovery. Motorcycle accident injuries can be devastating and disabling, and many victims suffer from long-term pain and reduced mobility.

Getting compensation for accidents that are caused by other people’s negligence is frequently difficult, but it can be even more challenging for motorcyclists. That’s because insurance companies often believe that motorcyclists are at fault for their own accidents—even when evidence suggests that other parties were to blame.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Norfolk motorcycle accident lawyers know how unfair this is, and we’ve seen many motorcyclists get the runaround from insurance companies because of stereotypes and stubborn beliefs.

When you get in touch with us, you can count on our legal team to provide the following services:

  • Proving the accident wasn’t your fault—Insurance companies are notoriously tough on motorcyclists. We’ll collect enough evidence to leave no doubt about who caused your accident.
  • Handling all communication with the insurance company—It’s not always enough to collect and submit evidence of who caused the crash. Insurance companies frequently use adjusters to find ways to reduce or deny claims. We’ll communicate with them on your behalf, so you can have peace of mind and focus on getting better.

Don’t be a victim for a second time after being in a motorcycle crash. Get an experienced legal team that knows how to win and that cares about your recovery. Call today for a free consultation.

How Can a Lawyer Help after a Motorcycle Accident?

by Staff Blogger | April 23rd, 2018

Motorcycle accident victims often face uniquely challenging paths to recovery. Because motorcycles have no built-in safety features, riders are responsible for protecting themselves every time they head out on Virginia’s highways and interstates.

But even the safest, most well-equipped riders still face significant risks—especially when other drivers aren’t paying attention or aren’t used to looking out for people who travel on two wheels instead of four.

Motorcycle accidents can cause injuries to every part of the body, including the brain. That means many injured riders face recoveries than can take months, years, or even indefinite periods of time. And while they’re recovering, their medical bills are mounting, and they may be unable to work and earn the paychecks they and their families depend on.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Norfolk motorcycle accident attorneys help victims by:

  • Proving the accident wasn’t their fault—Insurance companies are hesitant to accept claims if they believe victims were partially or fully responsible for accidents. Our legal team knows how to collect evidence that shows motorcycle accident victims were hurt by other negligent parties.
  • Negotiating to get maximum compensation—When insurance companies know they can’t deny a claim, they often offer lowball settlements. We fight to help victims get full compensation for their current and future medical bills and lost wages.

If you or someone you love was hurt in a motorcycle accident, you need an experienced law firm on your side. Leave the paperwork and communication with the insurance company up to us while you focus on getting better.

Call today for a free consultation.

Protect Yourself With the Right Motorcycle Helmet

by Staff Blogger | January 15th, 2018

If you ride a motorcycle, you know that getting around on two wheels is a unique experience that you just can’t replicate in a car, truck, or SUV. Unfortunately, the trade-off for the sense of freedom and exhilaration that riding a motorcycle brings is a significant reduction in safety, especially during crashes.

As a motorcyclist, you’re on your own when it comes to protecting yourself from injuries. Motorcycles have no built-in safety features, and there are no seat belts to restrain you or airbags to soften impacts. The best way you can protect yourself is by wearing riding gear, including a jacket, pants, gloves, boots, and—most importantly—a helmet.

Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers’ team of Virginia motorcycle accident attorneys knows how important helmets are for the safety of riders, but we also know that they’re only at their most effective when they’re the right type, size, and fit. You can ensure your helmet is suitable by following these guidelines:

  • Buy a helmet that meets industry standards. There are three major safety standards for motorcycle helmets: DOT, ECE 22.05, and Snell. Make sure any helmet you buy meets at least one of those standards.
  • Get a helmet that fits. Helmets should fit snugly without being too tight. Most helmets can be adjusted using inserts and padding to create a perfect fit, but some may be bad fits from the beginning. Try on different helmets until you find one that fits comfortably while riding.

Helmets can significantly reduce the risk of head and brain injuries, but they can’t eliminate them completely. If you or someone you love was seriously hurt in a motorcycle crash, we may be able to help. Contact us today for a free consultation to find out how we can put our years of experience to work for your family.

Winter Motorcycle Safety Tips

by Staff Blogger | November 27th, 2017

If you have the right gear, riding a motorcycle year-round in all climates and temperatures is feasible. All-weather gear can keep you warm and protect you from the elements even in freezing temperatures. Layering clothing can also make a big difference, as it allows you to adapt to changing temperatures throughout the day.

In addition to keeping warm, it’s also important to remember that riding a motorcycle in the winter can present some additional challenges and dangers that you might not face during other seasons. Ice is a major threat to all motorists, especially motorcyclists. Unlike four-wheel vehicles like cars, trucks, and SUVs, motorcycles don’t have the extra protection of an outer vehicle shell. Losing control of a motorcycle even briefly can result in a serious crash with little to no chance to regain control.

To protect yourself while riding during the winter, do your best to follow these tips:

  • Check your tire pressure before you ride. Your tire traction is the one of the most important things to be aware of when you ride during the winter. When your tires lose traction and you drive over ice or snow, you face a high risk of losing control. Tires that are properly inflated have better traction than tires with low pressure.
  • Watch the road. The roadway itself can be your biggest enemy during winter rides. In addition to snow and ice, you also must watch for cracks, fallen branches and tree limbs, and pot holes. Stick to riding on well-maintained roads when possible, and reduce your speed on roads that are in poor condition.

The Virginia motorcycle accident lawyers at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers know that motorcyclists face dangers throughout the year, especially when other drivers are negligent. If you were hurt by a careless driver, we’re here to help. Call today for a free consultation.

2 Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

by Staff Blogger | October 30th, 2017

All vehicle accidents have the potential to cause serious and even life-threatening injuries. But motorcycles lack the protection of seat belts and airbags, putting motorcycle accident victims at an even higher risk of severe injury.

Riders can protect themselves and reduce their risks by wearing full riding gear, including a full-face helmet, riding jacket and pants, gloves, and boots, but they’re still vulnerable during accidents.

New and veteran riders alike are taught to be aware of common dangers on roadways, including loose gravel, potholes, and slick pavement due to rain or ice. But other drivers remain one of the biggest hazards that motorcyclists face. The following scenarios represent serious threats to every motorcyclist in Virginia and throughout the U.S.:

  1. Left-turning drivers – Whether they’re turning left at intersections or into parking lots, many drivers simply aren’t trained to look for motorcycles when crossing lanes of traffic. That can result in serious accidents when they make left turns into the paths of motorcyclists.
  2. Drivers changing lanes – Because drivers often aren’t accustomed to watching out for motorcyclists, they may not check their blind spots. When they change lanes, they may drift directly into the paths of motorcyclists or force them off the road.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Norfolk motorcycle accident attorneys have helped many victims who were hurt in motorcycle accidents due to a wide variety of causes, including those listed above.

No matter how your motorcycle accident happened, we want to help. Call today for a free consultation.

Avoid Motorcycle Accidents by Increasing Your Visibility.

by Staff Blogger | September 18th, 2017

Riding a motorcycle puts you at a disadvantage in accidents involving cars, trucks, and SUVs. Unlike drivers and passengers, you don’t have seat belts to hold you in place during accidents or air bags to soften the blow of impact.

Riding gear can help protect you from head injuries and road rash, but motorcyclists still face the risk of suffering severe injuries if they’re thrown from their bikes. That’s why it’s important to do everything you can to prevent accidents from happening in the first place—and increasing your visibility is step number one.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Norfolk motorcycle accident lawyers know that riders can make themselves more visible to drivers when they:

  • Wear bright and reflective safety gear. Avoid solid black safety gear when possible. Choose helmets, jackets, and pants that are brightly colored and covered in reflective materials.
  • Know where blind spots are and avoid them. All vehicles have blind spots. Larger vehicles, including SUVs, semi-trucks, and buses may have big blind spots that extend several car lengths in adjacent lanes. Avoid those spots to maintain maximum visibility.
  • Keep headlights on, even during the day. Headlights are motorcyclists’ best friends when it comes to being seen. Keep them on even when you don’t need the light they emit, as they’ll make you more easily visible to drivers.

Were you or someone you love hurt in a motorcycle accident that was caused by a careless driver? If so, you may be eligible to pursue a claim for compensation for your accident-related expenses. Contact us today for a free consultation.