Motorcycle Accidents Attorneys in Richmond & Tappahannock, Virginia
At Wind Law, our Tappahannock & Richmond motorcycle accident attorney, Ryan E. Wind, knows that whenever a rider is involved in a collision in Virginia, the resounding opinion of passersby is that he or she was at fault for the crash.
According to the latest Virginia Traffic Crash Facts, last year alone there were 2,053 motorcycle crashes throughout the state. Those motorcycle accidents resulted in 1,677 injuries — including 1,590 motorcyclists and 87 of the riders’ passengers — and 111 fatalities, including 108 motorcyclists and 3 of the riders’ passengers.
Although all Virginia motorcyclists and their passengers are required by law to wear helmets, their vulnerable position during a crash still leaves them susceptible to catastrophic injuries when they do survive the collision.
This means motorcyclists and passengers may need extended medical care and long-term absences from work, requiring significant out-of-pocket expenses to get through their arduous recovery period. We can help.
From rural communities to the inner city, our Tappahannock & Richmond motorcycle accident attorney and support staff focus on providing compassionate, dedicated, and effective partnerships with our clients — no matter where they live or work in Virginia — so everyone we represent has a genuine opportunity to seek and obtain real results.
What are the Leading Causes of Virginia Motorcycle Accidents?
Certainly, there are times when motorcyclists may be at fault for a crash, especially when the rider is impaired, racing, or otherwise recklessly operating their bike. Other times, road hazards may contribute to the rider’s accident.
More commonly, motorcycle accidents are attributed to another passenger vehicle driver’s negligence. Unfortunately, drivers often exhibit a lack of respect for motorcyclists, as one of the biggest reasons we hear for a crash occurring is the driver, “Didn’t see the rider.” While this is certainly not a legitimate defense, as all motorists owe each other a duty of care to check blind spots before turning or changing lanes, it is a common response.
The second major cause of motorcycle accidents in Virginia, and throughout the country, is when a negligent driver makes a left-hand turn across the path of an oncoming bike. This accident happens most frequently at intersections, although it could occur at any section of a city street or rural road. Drivers either misjudge the speed or distance of the oncoming motorcycle, or fail to look for and notice the bike, or they wrongly assume the rider will be able to maneuver out of the way. These accidents can be catastrophic or fatal to the motorcyclist, who could wind up flipping over the car and striking the pavement or get run over in traffic.
Other Virginia motorcycle accidents attributed to driver negligence include negligent, reckless, and aggressive driving behaviors like failing to signal or crowding or squeezing the motorcycle out of its lane.
How Wind Law Can Help After a Motorcycle Accident in Richmond, Virginia
Many people hold an “outlaw” image of bikers in their heads, and all these factors combine to paint a picture that the riders are the ones to blame for motorcycle accidents, even when they are not.. Even being considered just partly at fault is enough to keep an accident victim from recovering any compensation from a negligent driver who was mostly to blame.
At Wind Law, we put aside biases and deal with facts. We will conduct a professional investigation into the accident and gather the evidence that proves who was at fault. We take the time to prepare and present a solid case in a convincing manner that cites the facts and the applicable laws that allow us to pursue a legal claim.
Our Tappahannock & Richmond motorcycle accident attorney fights to achieve justice for injury victims every day, including pursuing compensation for:
- Current and future medical expenses, including surgeries, prescriptions, and physical therapy.
- Current and future lost wages.
- Diminished earning capacity.
- Scarring and disfigurement, including burns, amputations, or dismemberment.
- Pain and suffering caused by physical discomfort, inconvenience, and emotional distress.
- Post-traumatic stress disorder impacting the injured party’s ability to maintain gainful employment and personal relationships.
Ensuring the driver who is responsible for your injuries is held accountable for their negligent actions or inaction is possible by pursuing a Virginia motorcycle accident claim against them.
We will fully investigate the incident that caused your injuries or the loss of your loved one and build your case around the facts and resources available to accurately outline your complete financial recovery needs. Contact our motorcycle accident attorney in Richmond & Tappahannock to learn more.
Experienced Motorcycle Accident Attorney in Richmond & Tappahannock, Virginia
In 2021, 2,048 motorcycle crashes occurred on Virginia roads. These accidents amounted to only 1.7% of all traffic crashes. However, 102 people lost their lives in these encounters, meaning that motorcycle accidents accounted for 10.5% of all traffic fatalities that year. Non-fatal motorcycle accidents resulted in 1,682 injuries, including 737 serious injuries. Motorcycle accidents end in injury, serious injury or death far more often than collisions between two cars, and the riders of the motorcycles are almost always the ones who wind up getting hurt.
If you’ve been hurt in a motorcycle accident in Richmond & Tappahannock, or if you lost a loved one in a fatal crash caused by a negligent car or truck driver, attorney Ryan Wind and his team at Wind Law, LLC will devote themselves to obtaining justice and compensation in your case. We understand that your needs are great and that holding negligent drivers accountable in a motorcycle collision can be complicated.
Attorney Wind has over a decade of legal experience helping personal injury victims in Mechanicsville, Richmond and surrounding areas, and he has amassed a long string of settlements and jury verdicts in favor of his clients. A motorcycle accident can be a painful and shocking disruption to your life.
Let Wind Law take on the task of getting you the financial help you need and deserve while you focus on your physical recovery and putting your life back together after another’s negligence has turned it upside down. Call 804-773-3815 for a free consultation or immediate assistance with your claim.
Leading Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Looking at the 2021 Virginia Traffic Crash Facts compiled by the Virginia Highway Safety Office, we see that drinking and driving by motorcyclists was rare and involved in only 4.5% of motorcycle accidents. The leading motorcycle driver actions that caused a wreck were:
- Following too close
- Speeding too fast
- Avoiding another vehicle
- Improper passing
- Improper lane change
These actions of the rider produced 469 accidents. However, 773 accidents were found to involve no improper action by the motorcyclist at all. Oftentimes, it’s the negligence of the other driver that caused the wreck.
Other motorcycle accidents attributed to driver negligence include negligent, reckless, and aggressive driving behaviors such as:
- Crowding or squeezing the motorcycle out of its lane
- Failing to signal
- Failing to check blind spots before turning or changing lanes
How Wind Law Can Help After a Motorcycle Accident in Richmond & Tappahannock
One of the biggest hurdles injured motorcyclists face when pursuing a claim after a motorcycle accident is overcoming the bias against motorcycles many people share. Motorcycles are fast and highly maneuverable, so to many people, normal motorcycle riding appears dangerous or reckless. Many people also hold an “outlaw” image of bikers in their heads, and all these factors combine to paint a picture that the riders are the ones to blame for motorcycle accidents, even when they aren’t. Even being considered just partly at fault is enough to keep an accident victim from recovering any compensation from a negligent driver who was mostly to blame.
At Wind Law, LLC We Also Representing The Following Legal Services:
- ATV Accidents
- Back Injuries
- Bicycle Accidents
- Boating Accidents
- Broken Accidents
- Broken Bones
- Burn Injuries
- Catastrophic Injuries
- Construction Accidents
- Construction Zone Accidents
- Defective Product Injuries
- Dog Bite and Animal Attacks
- E-Scooter Accidents
- GRTC Bus Accidents
- Head on Collisions
- Hit and Run Accidents
- Car Accidents
- Wrongful Death
- Trucking Accidents
Call Wind Law for Help After a Motorcycle Accident in Richmond & Tappahannock
Born and raised in Virginia, our founder, managing partner, and motorcycle accident attorney in Richmond shares more than just a regional connection with our clients — he shares their dedication to the Commonwealth’s communities.
For 15 years, our motorcycle accident lawyer in Richmond & Tappahannock has developed successful outcomes for our fellow Virginians, whom he calls “some of the best clients an attorney could ask for.”
Our clients, in their own words, applaud Ryan, not just for his work ethic and the results he attains, but also for his honest, caring, and supportive nature. We can help produce the same meaningful results for you and your family.
We offer free initial consultations and take injury cases on a contingency basis. This means we do not charge any upfront fees or out-of-pocket costs to take qualifying cases. We will only collect our legal fees after we win your case. If we do not produce a positive outcome for your motorcycle accident claim, you do not pay us. That is our promise to our fellow Virginians.
Contact our dedicated motorcycle accident lawyer in Richmond & Tappahannock, Virginia today by calling 804-773-3815 or online to discuss your important case during a free consultation. We want to hear your story, so we can ensure your voice is heard, and work diligently to see that you are treated fairly and get justice in your case.