Nothing compares to the feeling of the wind on your face as you ride your motorcycle on the open road. However, sometimes you find yourself surrounded by other motor vehicles while on your bike.
If the drivers of these other automobiles are not careful, they can easily collide with you and cause you grave injuries. Fortunately, if a careless Virginia motorist has hurt you in a motorcycle crash, you have the right to seek monetary compensation for your injuries.
The risk associated with riding a motorcycle
Motorcycle riders on Virginia's roadways can certainly enjoy the freedom that comes with their mode of transportation. However, they also face dangers that the drivers of other types of motor vehicles do not have to contend with.
For example, as a motorcyclist, you lack significant barriers to protect you from the road. In addition, other motorists might have trouble anticipating as well as seeing you, as your motorcycle makes a smaller visual target that can easily be blocked by other cars or even weather and road conditions. This is especially problematic at intersections, which is where a majority of car-versus-motorcycle wrecks take place.
Negligence in motorcycle crashes
Research shows that in a majority of accidents involving motorcycles and other cars, the other cars' drivers caused the crashes by violating the motorcyclists' right of way. Motorcyclists are therefore far more likely to be injured and possibly killed in a collision compared with those riding in passenger cars. If the motorist who caused your motorcycle accident violated your right of way due to negligent behavior behind the wheel, this is grounds for civil litigation.
Your rights as an injured motorcycle crash victim
Following a motorcycle wreck caused by a negligent driver, it is within your rights to file a personal injury claim against the driver, seeking damages. If you can establish liability in your case, you may receive a monetary award that might help you to address your medical bills, the loss of wages and other losses stemming from the unfortunate motorcycle collision.
Monetary compensation from a successfully fought personal injury claim in Virginia cannot undo the events leading to your motorcycle crash–related injuries. However, it can help to address some of the emotional distress and pain and suffering resulting from the accident, thus enabling you to more easily move forward from the ordeal.