Fairfax Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Fairfax motorcycle accident lawyerVictims of negligence or misconduct deserve compensation for their injuries. Our Fairfax, Virginia Law Firm represents those who were injured in a motorcycle accident by filing suit against those who did wrong. A personal injury lawyer will fight to make sure our clients are made whole again, both emotionally and financially. We have an esteemed reputation for winning personal injury cases through a nuanced and fair reading of the law, and we love what we do.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injury Cases

There is an average of 37,000 fatalities a year as the result of car accidents. Those involved in motorcycle accidents have an even greater chance of catastrophic injury or death. Most accidents are the result of distracted driving, from overworked commercial drivers to those who recklessly drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The injuries sustained by our clients most often include:

  • Concussion. Any severe blow to the head can result in concussion, symptoms of which include dizziness, nausea, confusion, vomiting, headache, and reduced function or mobility. These symptoms are often temporary but can persist in the worst cases. Some victims will lose consciousness.
  • Traumatic Brain Injury. This occurs after a severe impact to the skull or brain and can damage the brain tissue, causing bleeding. The symptoms of traumatic brain injury include those of concussion, and difficulty sleeping, oversleeping, drowsiness, speech impediments, or vertigo.
  • Road Rash. When a motorcyclist is thrown from the bike, road rash is one of the most common injuries sustained. It occurs when a victim’s skin is scraped away, exposing fat, muscle, or bone. Skin grafts are common after road rash injuries.
  • Lacerations. Even if a motorcycle accident victim sustains only minor cuts and scrapes, these are extremely prone to infection. Seek medical attention immediately.
  • Broken Bones. These are more common after motorcycle accidents because victims are often propelled from the bike.
  • Internal Bleeding. Without the protection of a seatbelt or airbag, motorcycle accident victims are subject to life-threatening internal bleeding. Sometimes victims fail to seek medical attention following an accident and succumb to their injuries only after some time has passed.
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Any serious accident or traumatic event can result in PTSD. This is exacerbated because many victims will not recall the accident or events leading up to it. Memory loss results in greater stress, especially when interviewing the police. This is one reason why retaining the counsel of a personal injury attorney is so important.

How Compensation For A Motorcycle Accident Is Calculated

Compensation for motorcycle accidents almost always take into consideration the limits of insurance, both for the victim and the negligent party. This can complicate a lawsuit. The most common factors used to calculate personal injury compensation include:

  • Medical Bills. It’s important for a victim to keep track of all bills during and after any injuries sustained. These expenses might include visits to the emergency room or doctor and physical therapy. Compensation includes expected bills in the future as well.
  • Pain, Suffering, and Emotional Distress. A victim should always expect compensation for pain, suffering, and emotional distress. It’s not enough that a person recoups any financial losses. A serious accident can cause severe psychological distress and in many cases PTSD. If the victim keeps a journal of daily thoughts and feelings during recovery, it can be easier to prove in court. Indicate your level of pain when writing.
  • Lost Wages and Diminished Earning Potential. If the victim cannot work, the victim cannot support his or her family. Most lawsuits will include efforts to recover lost wages or those that will be lost due to diminished earning potential in the future. If new physical limitations make it harder to find gainful employment, then the award sought will increase.
  • Death. Motorcycle accidents have a high fatality rate. If a friend or family member was killed in an accident because of another person’s negligence, then you have the right to sue for funeral expenses, or loss of financial support and inheritance.
  • Punitive Damages. If personal injury was sustained because of another person or business’s gross negligence, then it may be possible to sue for punitive damages as well. These go one step further by punishing the party responsible for causing the accident. They are more common in cases during which someone intentionally caused an accident.

How A Fairfax Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Fights For You

Personal injury lawsuits require a number of complicated steps, and in some cases the process can take longer than expected. Here are a few steps a lawyer might take to build a successful case:

  • Investigating the accident scene.
  • Witness interviews.
  • Contacting authorities.
  • Contacting relevant professionals in the event expert testimony is required at trial.
  • Compiling relevant documents related to bills and insurance.
  • Contacting insurance providers to determine what bearing eventual payouts will have on a lawsuit.
  • Contacting the negligent party with a fair settlement offer.
  • Filing a claim in civil court.

Call A Fairfax Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today!

Were you injured in a motorcycle accident because of a person or business’s negligence or misconduct? You may be entitled to fair compensation for your personal injury, and our Fairfax, VA Law Firm is ready to field your questions. Contact a motorcycle accident attorney today for a free consultation!