The law firm of Overbey, Hawkins, Wright & Vance has attorneys that have represented persons injured in motorcycle accidents in many cases. Motorcycles are wonderful devices. Riding in the open wind without enclosure provides a feeling of freedom and exhilaration. Being able to lean into a turn and accelerate into the straightaway is exciting. Motorcycle clubs and groups provide education and camaraderie.
However, where there are benefits there are often risks. Most of the motorcycle accidents we have handled involved no fault at all on the part of the motorcycle driver. For some reason ordinary motorists do not seem to recognize that the road is occupied by a motorcycle. Whether due to the brain not processing an image that is not expected or mere failure to take adequate precaution, automobile drivers tend to pull out in front of motorcycles without seeing the motorcycle. Injuries are often severe to the bike driver and to any passengers.
Motorcycle drivers know to watch other drivers closely. If an accident does occur, we can help.
Our part of Virginia is blessed with beautiful mountains and valleys with lots of rural roads. The Blue Ridge Parkway is nearby and provides many miles of challenging terrain. Bikers love Virginia and we love bikers. If everyone would ride a bike there would be no vehicle energy crisis and we would all be a lot healthier. Bike clubs provide social and competitive outings.
Whether you are riding your bike to work or just on a pleasure ride you have as much right to the road as any motor vehicle. The problem is that sometimes motorists, for whatever reason, do not respect that. Whether the driver just does not see the bike, misjudges the speed of the bike, thinks he can drive around the bike without enough margin, or is in too big a hurry to take into accord the bike space it is entitled to, accidents occur.
When a motorist hits a biker the resulting injury is often severe. The insurance company may claim the biker was negligent or acting recklessly and deny coverage. Even if liability is accepted by the company, often they are unwilling to accept the cost of repair or are unwilling to pay the true market value of a competitive bike. The company may try to get you to settle too early and for less than the value of your case.
If you are injured in a motorcycle or bicycle accident, see an attorney as soon as possible. At our firm, the first consultation for a personal injury case is free. For more information call 1 (800) 201-9987 or (434) 332-5155 or fill out a consultation form here.