Newport News Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Motorcycle Accidents in the Hampton Roads Area
Every year, thousands of people are injured or killed in motor vehicle accidents in Virginia—and motorcyclists are at a disproportionately higher risk of being involved in fatal accidents. According to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), motorcycle accidents made up under 2 percent of all traffic accidents in 2020 but accounted for more than 10 percent of all motor vehicle accident fatalities. Additionally, motorcycle accident-related injuries comprised just under 3 percent of all traffic accident injuries but represented 10 percent of all serious traffic accident injuries.
At Tom McGrath’s Motorcycle Law Group, we recognize the significant risk motorcyclists face every day on Virginia’s highways and roads. As avid riders ourselves, we know what it means to share the road with careless, reckless, and negligent drivers—and we know just how severely an accident can impact your life.
If you or someone you love was involved in a motorcycle accident in Newport News or anywhere in the Hampton Roads Metropolitan Area, reach out to our firm right away to learn how we can help. Our personal injury attorneys are prepared to aggressively seek the maximum compensation you are owed. We provide all our legal services on a contingency fee basis, meaning you do not pay any legal fees unless we recover a settlement or verdict on your behalf.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents?
Negligence is the most common cause of motorcycle accidents. While many people believe that motorcyclists are the ones who most often drive carelessly or recklessly, we know that it is the negligence of other motorists on the road that puts bikers at risk.
Some examples of motorist negligence include:
- Traffic violations
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- Cellphone use/texting
- Fatigued driving
- Failure to check twice for motorcyclists
- Running red lights or stop signs
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Dangerous turns
- Unsafe merging or lane changes
- Unlawful passing
In some cases, additional factors may contribute to or cause an accident. These include auto defects, faulty motorcycle safety equipment, and hazardous, poorly maintained, or defective roadways, including those with blind curves, unsafe speed limits, and unfilled potholes.
Our Newport News motorcycle accident attorneys know how to properly investigate claims to determine how an accident occurred and, most importantly, who is liable. We work with teams of experts, including accident reconstructionists, to develop innovative and effective legal strategies for our clients.
How Long Do You Have to File a Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit in Virginia?
Like other states, Virginia has a statute of limitations (or filing deadline) on motorcycle accident lawsuits. For cases involving personal injury or wrongful death, you have two years from the date of injury/death to sue the liable party for damages. In cases involving property damage, you have five years from the date of the accident to file your lawsuit.
The sooner you act, the better. Over time, evidence can be lost, and memories can fade. When you reach out to our team at Tom McGrath’s Motorcycle Law Group, we will immediately begin investigating the details of your case and providing the information you need to make informed decisions about your recovery.
Can You File a Motorcycle Accident Claim If You Were Partly to Blame?
Under Virginia’s plaintiff-unfriendly contributory negligence rule, you cannot file a claim for damages if you were even partly to blame for the accident that left you injured. Even if the other person was 99 percent at fault, you may not recover any damages if the insurance adjuster/court finds that you played a role in the crash.
It is extremely important that you hire an experienced attorney who can help protect your rights against the interests of the insurance company. Claims adjusters and juries often have inherent prejudices against motorcyclists that can make it harder to pursue the compensation you are owed, but our firm knows how to fight back against these misconceptions and clearly demonstrate the other party’s fault.