Motorcycle Accident Attorney in Southwest Virginia

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Motorcyclists have a right to the road. All too often, though, other drivers don’t respect those rights. If a negligent driver caused a crash that left you with serious injuries, talk to a Virginia motorcycle accident lawyer from Arrington Schelin today. Our dedicated attorneys can help you demand financial compensation and justice for what you’ve been through.

The team at Arrington Schelin has advocated on behalf of motorcycle accident victims across Virginia for more than 40 years. Our firm’s focus is on motor vehicle accident claims, which gives us the extensive experience and resources needed to take on big-name auto insurance companies. Let us put our knowledge and skills to work for you.

Contact us today for a free consultation with a trusted Virginia motorcycle accident lawyer. There is no charge for us to start work on your case. We only charge a fee if we recover compensation for you.

Do You Have a Motorcycle Accident Claim?

You may have a motorcycle accident claim if someone else caused your crash. That party can be held liable for your injuries and any related expenses and losses. However, you will need to be able to demonstrate your losses. An experienced Virginia motorcycle accident attorney can help you craft a strong claim for the full compensation you need to recover.

What Makes Motorcycle Accident Cases More Complicated?

Motorcycle accident claims can be more complicated than other kinds of motor vehicle accident cases because:

  • Riders tend to suffer more serious injuries in accidents, as they are completely exposed to the elements. As a result, riders often require more expensive medical treatment. They may also need compensation for future anticipated medical expenses, such as rehab or long-term care.
  • At-fault drivers and insurance companies often rely on popular biases against motorcyclists, depicting them as reckless thrill-seekers in order to pin some share of fault on them. Under Virginia’s contributory negligence rules, an injured rider who bears any share of fault for an accident or their injuries cannot recover compensation.

How Is Fault Determined After a Motorcycle Accident in Virginia?

At Arrington Schelin, our motorcycle accident lawyers will review many types of evidence to determine who should be held at fault for your crash and resulting injuries, including:

  • Police accident reports
  • Accident scene photos and videos
  • Vehicle inspection/repair reports
  • Vehicle electronic data recorder logs
  • Eyewitness statements
  • Footage taken from surveillance, traffic, dash, and helmet cameras
  • Reports and testimony from accident reconstruction experts

We will piece together all the evidence to determine exactly how your crash occurred and who was to blame.

How Virginia Contributory Negligence Law Affects Your Motorcycle Accident Case

Virginia remains one of the few states that still uses the contributory negligence rule. Under this rule, an injured party cannot pursue a claim for compensation if they bear any share of responsibility for their injuries. Even if an injured motorcyclist is found to have been only 1 percent at fault for a crash, the contributory negligence law precludes them from recovering compensation from another party that is found to be 99 percent at fault.

Because of the contributory negligence rule, at-fault drivers and insurance companies will often argue that the injured motorcyclist was speeding or driving recklessly. If you are found to have any share of responsibility for the motorcycle accident or your injuries, you may lose the right to a financial recovery for your expenses and losses. It is crucial to have a skilled lawyer on your side from the beginning to protect your rights.