Virginia Beach Motorcycle Accident Attorney Fights for the Injured
Hampton Roads firm helps motorcycle accident victims receive fair compensation
Accidents involving motorcycles, mopeds and scooters are common in southeast Virgina. If you’ve been injured in one and are seeking compensation for your injuries, you can count on the Virginia Beach motorcycle accident attorneys of Ernest Law Group, PLC in Virginia Beach to represent you with great skill and care.
Why motorcycle accidents happen
Motorcycle accidents can occur for a variety of reasons, such as:
- Unsafe lane changes
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Distracted driving
- Road hazards
- Motorcycle defects
No matter what caused your motorcycle crash, our motor vehicle accident attorneys can determine how the accident occurred. If it was not your fault, we can represent you in a lawsuit against the party responsible.
Scooter and moped accidents are common
It’s common to see tourists and locals riding around on scooters and mopeds in the Virginia Beach area, but many riders lack proper experience with these vehicles, which leads to accidents. If you were hurt by a scooter or moped, or had an accident while riding one despite being as careful as possible, we can advise you as to whether you have a legal case to obtain compensation for your injuries.
The importance of wearing a helmet
Virginia law requires all motorcycle riders to wear helmets and either face shields, safety glasses or goggles. However, you might suffer brain trauma or another type of head injury even if you’re wearing a helmet. Other injuries commonly associated with motorcycle accidents include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Eye damage
We also represent plaintiffs in wrongful death actions following fatal motorcycle accidents. Regardless of the particular injury, we are ready to help you seek justice from the at-fault party.
How is negligence determined in Virginia?
Negligence is the failure to exercise due care. Virginia is one of only four states that still use the harsh contributory negligence doctrine. Simply put, if a person was injured in part due to their own negligence, however small, then they aren’t entitled to collect any damages. Therefore, it is important not only to prove that the defendant was at fault, but that you were not in any way. A motorcycle accident claim must state who caused the accident, what negligent actions and inactions they committed to cause it, and what damages you suffered as a result. As your attorneys, we will collect and examine all the available evidence and seek expert help as needed to prove liability. During the case itself, we will use the discovery process, in which the parties exchange information and documents, to strengthen your case and prepare for the defense. Though no outcome is guaranteed, we have a strong track record of obtaining substantial settlement and verdict for bikers.
How long does it take to settle a case?
Many cases settle relatively quickly without a lawsuit, especially if liability is clear and damages are straightforward. However, if you suffer serious injuries, it might be necessary to file a lawsuit. This does not mean the case will definitely go to trial, but it could persuade the defendant’s insurer to make a reasonable settlement offer. Many settlements take place after some discovery has been exchanged, as the defense attorney is in a position give the insurer a relatively accurate view of the value of the case. We work hard to build a convincing case for liability and damages to maximize your chance of a fair settlement, but we are ready to take your claim to trial if necessary.
Contact a prove Virginia attorney for a consultation
Ernest Law Group, PLC represents clients throughout the Hampton Roads area in motorcycle accident cases. Please call 757-289-2499 or contact us online to schedule a consultation at our Virginia Beach office.
Our Attorneys Can Help
If you are injured in an accident that is not your fault, your best bet is to contact a personal injury attorney to help you deal with the legal issues while you can focus on healing and recovery.