Virginia Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, time is of the essence. Our Virginia motorcycle accident lawyers are here to help when you have been in an accident. With increasingly congested public roadways, motorcycle operators and their passengers are at a greater risk than ever to be involved in a serious or potentially fatal collision.
More than 70,000 people are injured each year in motorcycle accidents, and several thousand of those injured persons die because of the accident. These deaths could be significantly reduced if motorcyclists and other motorists took a few basic precautions.
Joel Bieber sold motorcycles at a Harley Davidson shop, to help put himself through law school. During those three years, he learned a lot about equipment and safe driving. Now, he couples that information with knowledge of the law, to effectively represent those who have been hit while riding a motorcycle.
What to Do If You Have Been In A Motorcycle Accident
After a motorcycle accident, it is crucial that you act safely and intentionally. Follow these steps immediately following an accident to ensure you are setting yourself up for a successful motorcycle accident claim:
Move to a safe and secure area.
Immediately following an accident, it is important to secure a safe location if you are not too injured to move. By moving to a safe location, you are preventing further damages and protecting your best interest.
Call the Police.
The police will be able to file an accident claim and act as a resource moving forward with resolving your motorcycle accident claim. While the police will document the accident scene and gather information, do not rely on their report for your own accord of the accident.
Exchange information with all those involved and document the accident scene.
If you are able, it is extremely important to gather information from the other drivers, such as their vehicle registration and insurance information. We recommend that you take pictures of the accident scene, any vehicles involved, the surrounding areas, and gather the contact information of any witnesses.
Seek medical attention and document your injuries.
Even if you think your injuries are minor, you should consult with a doctor as soon as possible after any serious vehicle accident. Continue to keep monitor your health as some symptoms of injuries, such as headaches, dizziness, or pain, do not appear for hours and even days following a crash. If your injuries are visible, have a loved one or friend take photos of them as soon as possible after the accident and as you recover.
Call The Joel Bieber Firm.
As soon as you contact our Virginia motorcycle accident lawyers, we will evaluate your claim and work to ensure that your rights are protected. We will work with you to determine the best course of action that works for your unique situation. Contacting your Virginia motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible after your accident will help to ease your burden of managing your claim.
One of the most effective ways for motorcycle drivers to remain safe is to follow the Virginia motorcycle safety regulations. Similar to 19 other states, you are required to wear an approved motorcycle helmet that meets the standards of the Department of Transportation.
According to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, a motorcycle driver operating without a helmet is 40% more likely to suffer a fatal head injury compared to a helmeted rider. Motorcycles are dangerous vehicles and as a responsible motorcycle driver, it is crucial that you drive safely.
Determining Motorcycle Accident Liability
In any type of personal injury accident, especially after a motorcycle accident, you need to determine liability for the accident. There could be a single party responsible, or there may be multiple parties involved. As with most other types of personal injury claims, determining liability in a motorcycle accident is based on the concept of negligence. You must show that the defendant behaved irresponsibly or negligently and that the behavior caused the accident.
What to Expect When You Meet With Our Virginia Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
When you meet with our professional legal team, your first consultation is free. We will meet with you to discuss your motorcycle accident and the circumstances that led up to your accident. We will work with you to determine the best course of legal action to pursue and we will work with you each step of the way.
Our motorcycle accident lawyers will ensure that your legal and procedural rights are protected. We understand the legalities surrounding motor vehicle accident cases, especially those pertaining to motorcycle accidents, and will work with you to serve your needs. We will look through insurance policies and personal assets that you may be entitled to as damages.
We can help negotiate the best possible settlement for your injury claim, which may include alternative dispute resolution measures such as mediation and settlement conferences. If your motorcycle accident case requires a court hearing, we are prepared to represent you. Insurance companies know that your last resort for resolving your claim is in the courtroom. Our motorcycle accident lawyers start preparing your case for the eventuality of going to trial from the very first time that they meet with you and we will make sure that you are prepared for trial as well. Trial does not intimidate us and insurance companies will not be effective in using the trial as a means to deny you the compensation that you deserve.
What Information Will Your Virginia Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Need from You?
Initially, our motorcycle accident lawyers need you to provide us with as much information about the accident that led to your injuries as possible. We will discuss the answers to the following questions to determine the best legal course of action:
- How did the accident happen?
- Where did it happen?
- Who was involved?
- Were there any witnesses?
- Who did you speak with at the scene of the incident?
- What was said during the conversation?
If you have an Exchange of Information Form, an Incident Report, a Police Accident Report, or any other documents relating to the incident, we would like to have copies. Similarly, we ask that you provide us with any photographs that you may have, including photographs of your motorcycle, the accident scene, and photographs of your injuries, such as cuts, bruises, and scars. Finally, we need information regarding the type of injuries that you sustained, where you have sought treatment, information related to any lost wages, and information as to how the incident has impacted you physically and emotionally.
Contact Our Legal Team Today. We Are Here To Help.
At The Joel Bieber Firm, our Richmond motorcycle accident lawyers take pride in the legal guidance that we provide for our clients. Part of our duty to you is to be a counselor who will advise you based on our legal experience in and out of the courtroom. Contact an experienced motorcycle lawyer at The Joel Bieber Firm today for your free initial consultation. We will fight for you.
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