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.