Virginia Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
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.
March 5th, 2012
March 5, 2012
A motorcyclist was severely injured after being involved in a two-vehicle crash in South Richmond, Virginia, Thursday evening. According to reports from The Richmond Times-Dispatch, the accident happened at 10:02 p.m. at the intersection of Patsy Ann Drive and Broad Rock Boulevard.
A spokesman for the Richmond Police Department, Captain Paul Kiniry, stated that the vehicle was pulling out onto Broad Rock Boulevard when the driver failed to give right of way to a passing motorcycle, causing the motorcyclist to fall off the bike and slide across the asphalt.
The driver and a female passenger on the bike were taken to VC Medical Center where the driver underwent immediate surgery. The driver of the motorcycle lost a leg as a result of the crash. The passenger was treated for several minor contusions and lacerations and was later released. The driver of the other vehicle that was involved did not require hospitalization.
Kiniry added that the motorcyclists’ lives may have very well been saved by the fact that they were wearing helmets at the time the accident occurred. Virginia law requires that all riders wear a helmet and other protective gear.
The Virginia Motorcycle Accident Attorneys with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley cannot reiterate enough how important it is to wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle. Not only could it save your life, but it could also affect the outcome of a personal injury lawsuit if you are injured.